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Guests uncover Highland ancestry on board Caledonian Sleeper

Published: 13 Jul 2017

Caledonian Sleeper guests travelled back in time to discover their Highland ancestry this week thanks to a unique partnership with Inverness-based Highland Archive Centre.

The iconic overnight rail service hosted the event on board its London to Inverness service on Wednesday (12 July) providing guests with key information on how they can discover more about their family history and connections. 

Mapping out their family tree with Highland Archive Centre historian, Ann Fraser, guests were also gifted a goodie bag which included a discount voucher for a one-to-one session at the Centre and material to help them discover more about their ancestry.

Speaking of the event, Ann said: “This was a great opportunity for guests to find out how to walk in their ancestors footsteps and discover for themselves where and how they lived.

“It’s very exciting to discover your own personal story and we hope that the event has inspired guests to delve further into their family tree.”

The session with Highland Archive Centre forms a calendar of events hosted on board Caledonian Sleeper providing guests with the chance to learn more about Scotland and its culture.  

Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s Guest Experience Director at Caledonian Sleeper added: “We always seek to provide our guests with experiences that showcase the best of Scotland as well as those that they might not find elsewhere. We also have many international guests travelling with us at this time of year who are often keen to know more about their Scottish roots and heritage so the event couldn’t have been at a better time.

“We hope our guests enjoyed the ancestry experience and look forward to working with Highland Archive Centre again in the future.”

To find out more about Highland Archive Centre in Inverness, visit

For more information and to book your journey of a night time with Caledonian Sleeper, visit


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Notes to editors

  • The Caledonian Sleeper service is an overnight rail journey between Scotland and London which is operated by Serco on behalf of Transport Scotland.
  • Scotland’s Caledonian Sleeper service has been hailed as one of Lonely Planet’s ‘Super Sleeper Trains’ and the London to Fort William service made the world’s best-selling travel guidebook’s top ten list.
  • Every night, apart from Saturday, guests are transported both north and south between Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London Euston.
  • Travel bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance on
  • The Caledonian Sleeper service currently offers a range of ways to travel - comfortable and affordable seated carriages, shared rooms and first-class private accommodation – with a dining car offering an extensive locally-sourced menu.
  • Caledonian Sleeper is committed to supporting local communities and suppliers:
  • 92% of food produce is sourced within 50 miles of the food production operation in Dingwall.
  • All guests are provided with a Sleep Kit which includes a sleep mask and ear plugs. First and Standard Class guests also receive Arran Aromatics toiletries.
  • The Head Office and Guest Services Centre are located in Inverness employing around 30 people from the locality.
  • Brand new trains will be launched in 2018, which will offer innovative ways to travel in comfort on the Caledonian Sleeper service with double and en-suite rooms as well as a redesigned Lounge Car for dining, serving the best of Scottish produce in the on board menu.


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