RAIL TO DUNDEE
It is absolutely necessary to make reservations for the train leaving from King’s Cross Station in London on the direct train to Aberdeen, stopping in Dundee. The 2:00 PM train is the only service which does not require a change of trains in Edinburgh. As the station masters have pointed out, any train going north or south on a direct train always needs seat reservations. I had made these reservations with Rail Europe before leaving home.
Note: Before leaving on rail travel, I like to have a complete schedule of the train route, including all stops with times. I find that the easiest way to obtain and print out this information is to access DB BAHN which is a German rail site. It is very user friendly.
Luggage for rail travel
We chose to leave the large bags at the hotel in Slough where we planned to stay the night before and the night after the journey to Scotland. The items necessary for the week in Scotland were placed in wheeled carry-on bags. In addition, we each had small back packs which gave us easy access to items needed while on the train. Most people traveling on rail passes through UK were using larger back packs. Wheeled carry-on luggage seemed to be popular with local Scots using the rail service.