Scots sleeper train route named world’s best

A TRAIN that connects London to Fort William has been named the world’s best sleeper route.

Caledonian Sleeper

Beating out the likes of the Trans-Siberian route, which travels between Moscow and Beijing, and the cross-country Chicago-San Francisco in the USA, the Scottish route on the Caledonian Sleeper has been named by Lonely Planet’s 2016 Best In Travel guide as the top dog.

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In the guide, Lonely Planet said: “Close your eyes on a chaos of traffic-jammed, office-crammed street; open them again on a morning of heather-daubed, deer-scampered mountain and moor...The Caledonian Sleeper, which runs from London to northern Scotland, isn’t a train ride, it’s an escape - an overnight teleport from hubbub to Highlands. After Edinburgh, the route splits into three strands, bound variously for Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William; the latter is the most spectacular, wending via Loch Lomond and over Rannoch Moor - where the track floats atop a sponge of roots and brushwood - to arrive at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UKs highest peak.”

The Caledonian Sleeper leaves Euston Station at around 9pm from Sunday - Friday; there is no Saturday departure.

The Caledonian Sleeper crosses a snowy Highland landscape. Picture: Norman McNab