Carlisle is the capital of Cumbria - a northern county bordered by Scotland, Northumberland, Durham, North Yorkshire and Lancashire. Located on major communication routes, the economic success of Carlisle has been defined by its proximity to Scotland and northeast England.
To the east of Carlisle is the M6 motorway, the main arterial road between England and Scotland in the west. Newcastle in the northeast is less than an hour away by road. Rail connections are provided through Carlisle's Citadel Station, a key stop on the West Coast main line with daily services to London, the Midlands and Scotland.
Given its strategic location in northwest England, Carlisle is the natural ‘gateway' to Scotland, Northern Ireland (via the Stranraer ferry to Belfast), northern England and the west coast of Cumbria.