The Hogmanay train on NYE was great for many reasons! I was travelling alone and it was possibly one of the easiest ways to make friends and socialise in. The staff were extremely inclusive and it was the perfect environment for me as a solo traveller and also for the many people I met going in groups.
It was well organised, we had breakfast and were given champagne and snacks to take on board (packet of chips and juice) not gourmet but still tasty! The train left on time and the party kicked off as soon as the train departed.
There was an MC over the speakers and staff moving from each carriage, we had freedom to move around, drink, played all kinds of games and as a surprise they gave out boxes of shapes to all the carriages (all aussies will know how good that actually is)
Arriving In Edinborough was easy and we had the freedom to do as we pleased. I’d recommend taking warm clothes and a small backpack as they don’t let big ones in.
After the festival there was an after party which was your usual club get up. Unfortunately the club owner kicked everyone out for being too rowdy and we had to wait 2 hours until the train station opened, but I guess we can’t blame stoke for that. I’d say a few other people weren’t happy with waiting however if you’re up for a huge party on NYE and are in the right company you’ll be fine!
After that we were on the train home and I slept the whole way. Overall I’d rate 9/10 as the party element was exceptional and so welcoming, Stoke provided the best way to enter 2018. I would highly recommend this for anyone travelling in groups or individually!
See you next year Stoke Tavel!