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From the North of England, became interested in World Heritage Sites just before all international travel was banned in early 2020 - what luck!

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Forth Bridge

James Bowyer United Kingdom - 22-Aug-21

Forth Bridge

I enthusiastically agree with Squiffy’s assessment that the best way to view the Forth Bridge is from the water. Both the Maid of the Forth and Forth Tours are operating again in the summer of 2021 after closing during lockdown. Having crossed the bridge many times on various trains in the past, one sunny August day I decided to head up to Edinburgh to get a better look. There are regular trains from Edinburgh Waverley northward that cross the Forth Bridge but typically only local services to Glenrothes with Thornton or Cowdenbeath stop at the two stations on either end of the bridge, Dalmeny and North Queensferry

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Flow Country (T)

James Bowyer United Kingdom - 05-Aug-21

Flow Country (T)

I visited the Flow Country by train in July of 2021, taking the 07:00 ScotRail service from Inverness to Wick. It took 3.5 hours to cover the distance to Forsinard, which is only 100 kilometres or so as the crow flies but the railway twists and turns mostly following the coast with a few long detours inland. There are some great views of the sea on one side and hills on the other along with a brief glimpse of Dunrobin Castle through the trees and barrels upon barrels of whisky stacked high at Glen Morangie to tick off some Scottish stereotypes. A day return ticket from Inverness to Forsinard cost £24.60, which is surprisingly cheap for a train journey of this distance in the UK but this is hardly a busy commuter service

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