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Getting from London to Edinburgh with a bike
I need help figuring something out: I would like to visit Scotland this summer using only my bike.
I'm from France and I was thinking I could just bring my bike with me as I know the bus company I will use to go to London allows it. However, I think the only bus I can take to go to Edinburgh from London is National Express's; and from what I've seen I don't think they allow bikes as luggages? I think it says the bicycle is supposed to be folded in half or with wheels and pedals removed... It all seems quite complicated considering the bike I own is not foldable, I don't want to be bothered with bringing lots of tools and I'm quite small so it would all be very unpractical.
Anyway my point is: Is there any way I could get my bike from France to Scotland in one piece and without spending hundreds? Maybe slow trains? I don't care if it takes me a long time, my constraints are money and practicality.
I would rent a bike there but I'm afraid it would be too expensive... Let me know if you can help me!
Thank you very much,