nill (tallycola) wrote in little_details,

travel time from russia to scotland

For a (fantastically cracky, embarrassed I'm even writing it) AU, how long would it take someone to travel from Russia (probably Moscow) to Scotland (probably Edinburgh) in like the 1400s? By horse and carriage, and I guess a ship if necessary. They have a lot of baggage with them (they are going to get married).

I've googled:

Moscow to Edinburgh travel time
Moscow to Edinburgh travel time historical
Moscow to Edinburgh travel time on foot

And several variations thereof, mostly getting travel agents. Plus a quick perusal of the archives; not sure how something like this should be tagged.

I found a blog of a group of people who bicycled from Moscow to Edinburgh and it took them 27 days, which I thought sounded reasonable, given that

a) horses can go faster (I think??) but adjusting for the fact that
b) these people probably had way better roads and infrastructure to travel upon.

But, these people also took detours to like France and stuff, (It doesn't explicitly say, but it seems like they took the Chunnel - the entries skip from Brussels to home...) and did some touristy things on the way, which my character would not do. Just straightest line across possible.

Thanks in advance! This doesn't even really *matter* since this fic is so much crack, but I'm hung up on it and would like to have at least one thing be accurate, and maybe this will be helpful to someone in the future.
Tags: 1400-1499, europe: history, ~animals: horses, ~middle ages, ~travel: pre-modern overland, ~travel: sea travel

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