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T R AV E L
Instead of heading onto
SkyScanner for the
cheapest flight to your
next destination, embrace
the rails and take in a
mindful journey to these
UK and European cities

Rail of
a time

F

lygskram. Never has a Swedish word been adopted into the English vernacular quicker
than gauntlet, moped and umbrella. Yet this term, which translates as "shame of
flying", is increasingly influencing the way we globetrot. After all, not only does
travelling by train cut down on that airport stress, but it's also the most ecologically
friendly method to take a journey. Emma Kemp, the project lead for Climate Perks states that:
"A return flight from London to Berlin clocks up the same amount of carbon as 13 return
train journeys, so taking one less flight per year is an incredible step you can take for the
planet." Also, not only is taking the train better for the environment, but it also widens your
vocabulary. After all, it's not everyday you can be accused of tagskyrt - train bragging - right?

WORDS Alistair MacQueen

DUNDEE
In recent years the city of
jam, jute and journalism
has become a cultural
mecca as it's now home
to the V&A Dundee.
There's also plenty of other sights and
attractions, such as the Antarctic
research vessel RRS Discovery and the
Broughty Castle museum.
Stay The Hotel Indigo Dundee is a
former textile mill with design-led rooms
that echo its industrial heritage, and its
Daisy Tasker restaurant is filled with fine,
locally sourced food offerings. Ihg.com
Travel time 6 hours and 4 minutes from
London King's Cross Station
Cost From £159 return

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TOULOUSE
Even heading to the
south of France is
achievable by train.
Travel to Paris on the
Eurostar and transfer
onto rail company Ouigo,
which is offering one-way tickets to
Toulouse from €19. Then rent a Velo
Toulouse bike from its self-service
scheme, and take a leisurely ride by
the Canal du Midi's towpaths.
Stay The Hotel Albert 1er, is a family-run
hotel with elegant and functional ensuite
rooms. It also serves up quality, local and
organic products from the region.
hotel-albert1.com
Travel time 2 hours to Paris via Eurostar,
8 hours from Paris by Ouigo
Cost From £244 return; Ouigo €19

EDINBURGH
"Auld Reekie" might not
be everyone's idea of a
holiday, but this Scottish
city has enough to shout
about. Wander leisurely
up and down the Royal Mile and take
the time to visit its plethora of shops
and sights or take a ramble up the
extinct volcano of Arthur's seat. The
Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival also
takes place on the first weekend of
February, and is dedicated to health
and fitness with food, drink, yoga
classes and workshops.
Stay The George is a collection of
townhouses in the New Town area of
the city with a boutique feel and
restaurant and coffee bar.
edinburgh.intercontinental.com
Travel time 4 hours 20 minutes from
London King's Cross Station
Cost From £146 return


http://edinburgh.intercontinental.com http://www.Ihg.com http://www.hotel-albert1.com

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