Explore Scotland

Tuesday 03rd September 2019
If you’ve ever stared longingly at a postcard from Scotland, then TransPennine Express and Scotrail’s new joint fares are just the ticket. TPE’s own rail network already carries travellers to the key Scottish locations of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Motherwell, Haymarket and Lockerbie. Now, our new joint fares put the entire country at your fingertips, letting you travel from Preston, Lancaster and Manchester Airport to seven stunning Scottish towns and cities on the Scotrail network with savings of up to 50%!

Why not visit… Dundee

Nestled on the Firth Of Tay estuary, Dundee is renowned as Scotland's sunniest city

Dundee’s status as Scotland’s sunniest city makes it a year-round favourite – and the weather isn’t the only reason to get out and about. Nestled on the Firth Of Tay estuary, Dundee enjoys all the perks of its coastal location, and while you’ll want to explore city attractions like the historic Law landmark, you should also make time for the modern waterfront whose recent billion-pound development takes in the V&A Museum Of Design and the restored RRS Discovery that took Captain Scott on his first Antarctic expedition.

Why not visit… Perth

Visit Perth's Balhousie Castle for a hit of military history

Perth buzzes with all the dynamic energy you’d expect from the nation’s youngest city – and serves up all the gourmet delights you’d hope from its tag as ‘Scotland’s larder’. Once you’ve sampled local fare at flagship eateries like 63 Tay Street and Andrew Fairlie’s, taken in a show at Perth Concert Hall and visited nearby Balhousie Castle for a hit of military history, be sure to take advantage of that riverside location with a boat trip along the Tay, watching the iconic Highlands reflected in the ripples.

Why not visit… Arbroath

Arbroath Abbey is just one of the architectural delights in this 12th century fishing town

Arbroath might only be a few miles north of Dundee but the vibe couldn’t be more different in this 12th century fishing town. The traditional harbour is still bustling with activity, so take a seat at sunrise to watch the local fishermen unload the fresh line-caught haddock that will be smoke-cured and served to you at the famous Arbroath Smokies. Then clear your head on a stroll through ancient fishing cottages up red sandstone cliffs and along endless unspoilt beaches, stopping for photos of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.   

Why not visit… Montrose

Montrose is a gorgeous coastal town that gives you a last hit of wild Scotland before hitting Aberdeen

You’ll be pressed against the train window as you pull into Montrose: an effortlessly pretty coastal town that gives you a last hit of wild Scotland before you reach the metropolis of Aberdeen. For shoppers, the town centre offers one of Scotland’s widest high streets but Montrose’s trump card is perhaps its status as a twitcher’s paradise, with the Basin nature reserve drawing wild wading birds who are happy to pose for your binoculars and the nearby Wildlife Centre offering state-of-the-art hides, telescopes and remote-control video camera feeds.

Why not visit… Stonehaven

The pretty harbour town of Stonehaven is a perfect place to get away from it all

You might know this harbour town for its infamous fireball ceremony each New Year’s Eve but life outside of Hogmanay slows to a gentle pulse that makes Stonehaven perfect for a weekend getaway. Watching the comings-and-goings at the sheltered working harbour is a guaranteed stress-buster, but there’s plenty more going on here with Tolbooth Museum spinning tales from its past as a courthouse and jail, while ruined Dunnottar Castle takes the breath away with its clifftop views and history (these walls have hosted William Wallace, Mary Queen Of Scots and Charles II).

Why not visit… Aberdeen

The stunning 19th century Marischal College gave Aberdeen its nickname of the ‘Granite City’
A trip to Aberdeen is as urban or as great outdoorsy as you want it to be. Perhaps you’ll start your stay by taking the pulse of the city centre, visiting the 75,000 specimens at the Zoology Museum, sampling the world-famous Aberdeen Angus beef on home-turf, walking the cobbles of the old town and admiring the distinctive grey-stone buildings like 19th century Marischal College that gave Aberdeen its nickname of the ‘Granite City’. But don’t forget to take long walks through unspoiled moors and national parks, plucking heather and skimming stones into the loch.

Why not visit… Inverness

The main draw of Inverness, of course, is trying to spot Nessie in the Loch. He's out there somewhere!
Everyone should visit the Scottish Highlands at least once in their lifetime – and Inverness is the beating heart of the region. Set against a mountain backdrop whose colour shifts from green to purple with the seasons, you’ll hunt dinosaurs at Loch Ness, watch a traditional shinty team and enjoy local fare that stands among the finest in Scotland – all washed down with a fiery dram of whisky, and burnt off with your first attempt to dance the ceilidh.

See all the beauty of Scotland and save up to 50% on rail travel around the country with a TransPennine Express/Scotrail joint fare.

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