True York To Aberdeen

York To Aberdeen

Great Britain is crossed by a swathe of spectacular railway routes, but you can't appreciate most of them from the comfort of an express train.

However, this journey between York and Aberdeen meets our criteria of Epic Express Train Journeys.

For most of the 5hr 10min journey the views are spectacular but the first 25 mins of this journey are exceptionally dull - as the train races across the flat countryside towards Darlington.

Around 15 mins after departing from Darlington comes the first highlight of the journey - the stunning views over the town of Durham.

Pictured below is the view of Durham's castle and cathedral which can be seen just before Durham station.
The train from York to Aberdeen passes Durham
And below is the view over the town once the train has passed through Durham station.
The York to Edinburgh train passes Durham
These views of Durham can be seen from the right of the train and on this journey all of the best of the views are on the right when heading north (so on the left when heading south).

You don't have to reserve seats on these trains which depart on Mondays to Saturdays at 07:37 and 11:54 and on Sundays at 11:52 - but they're recommended.

After Durham the next highlight of the journey is the passage over the River Tyne, as the train approaches Newcastle Central station - five other bridges that span the river can be seen.

Around 30 mins after departing from Newcastle, the village of Almnouth, pictured below, comes into view and beyond it lies the first glimpse of the North Sea, that can be seen on this journey.
From here northwards the route lives up to its name, 'The East Coast Mainline'.
On the York to Aberdeen train
Shortly afterwards comes another dramatic distant seascape, and on a clear day the isle of Lindisfarne and its beautiful ancient monastery can be seen - if your facing backwards you may also get a glimpse of Bamburgh Castle.

Heading north the train comes closer to the shore as it approaches Berwick-Upon-Tweed and then it sweeps into the town on the majestic Royal Border Bridge - this is the view from the bridge towards the coast.
From York to Scotland by train
There are then sea views for much of the journey between Berwick and Edinburgh - the most dramatic of which occur when the train runs along the cliff tops north of Berwick.
On the train between England and Scotland
As the train approaches Edinburgh there are views over to the north shore of the Firth of Forth, which you will be travelling along an hour later into the journey.
York to Scotland by train
Around 15 mins after departing from Edinburgh Waverly station, the train will travel over the stupendous Forth Railway Bridge.
the train from York to Aberdeen
The views from the bridge are fabulous, but the hundreds of metal struts mean you have to be very fortunate to take a great picture of the view - and we weren't, hence the inclusion of this image of the bridge itself.

Between the Forth and Tay bridges, the train spends then spends much of the journey either side of Kirkcaldy running along the shore and on a clear day there are distant views of the Forth Railway Bridge - but this image is looking north.

Shortly after departure from Leuchars station the train will cross the Tay Bridge (Britain's longest railway bridge) as it approaches Dundee.

As can be seen, on a clear day, the views from this bridge stretch for miles - this is the view of the south shore.
The train between York and Aberdeen
And this is the view of the north shore, looking towards Dundee.
To Aberdeen from York by train
The coastal views continue after Dundee, with the the views either side of Montrose station being particularly delightful.

THE JOURNEY DETAILS:

Frequency:

4 x trains per day on Mon - Friday
3 x trains per day on Saturday
2 x trains per day on Sunday
(though depart from York beore 12:00 if you want to see the views all the way to Aberdeen)

Journey time = 5hr 15mins (approx)

Train Operating Company/Tickets = Virgin East Coast

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