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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(280 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
2023MayOct
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(222 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(225 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.2 stars(77 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
7 days from
£945 pp
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Where to go and what to see

Top 5 destinations

York Minster

 

  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Isle of Man
  • Scilly Isles
  • Dublin

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Top 5 sights

Stonehenge

 

  • Portmerion Village
  • Elien Donan Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • York Shambles
  • Conwy Castle

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Top 5 train experiences

North York Moors railway

 

  • The Ffestiniog Railway & Welsh Highland Line
  • The Jacobite Steam Train
  • The North Yorkshire Moors
  • Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • Caledonian Sleeper

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Expert opinions & guides

Snowdon Railway

Should I stay or should I go

Vacation v Staycation - With so many incredible landscapes and pieces of architecture to discover right here on your doorstep in the UK, you needn't miss out with these perfect vacation vs. staycation swaps!

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Bamburgh Castle

A five-stop guided tour of Great Britain

Re-discover your own lands - We've rounded up our favourites places in the UK to inspire you.

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West Highland Line

Top 5 Scottish Rail Journeys

The Scottish Selection - 5 scenic Scottish rail journeys worth sampling.

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Scotland in the Wild

Live life in the Slow lane and take in the natural beauty of Scotland.

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Destination information & travelling tips

Currency

Pound Sterling (GBP)

Euro (In Ireland)

Main language

English

Timezone

Greenwich Mean Time (last Sunday in October until the last Sunday in March) & British Summer Time (last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October).

Travel times

Travel from Southern England to Northern Scotland in 8 hours by train.

When to travel

We're lucky that the UK and Ireland offer something different in every season, so you're free to tailor your holiday based on your preferred activity. If nature is high on your agenda, take a trip anytime from late March to early October, when it's generally warmer and drier, and see beautiful spring flowers, stretch out on a sun-drenched beach or witness the changing leaves in autumn.

What to pack

We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, so it's best to plan for all eventualities. Waterproofs, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes are just as important as sun cream, cooler clothes and a pair of shades.

Local customs and cultures

On the whole, the UK is quite multi-cultural, although a strong British culture remains, and the weather will always be a topic of conversation. No staycation would be complete without a traditional afternoon tea or some fish and chips beside the sea. Just be careful you don't get caught out ordering a sandwich, who knows what you'll end up with - a Bread cake? Cob? Roll? Teacake? - make sure you brush up on the local lingo!

Things you may not know

  • The Queen owns every swan in England.
  • Scotland is home to the world's oldest golf course, which is now known as St Andrews.
  • The British accent changes approximately every 25 miles.

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(280 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
2023MayOct
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(222 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(225 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.2 stars(77 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
7 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(127 reviews)
2022JunJulSepOct
2023Jul
5 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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The Outer Hebrides
4.1 stars(81 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,545 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Glasgow, Edinburgh
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.0 stars(85 reviews)
2022MayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railway
4.2 stars(88 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
5 days from
£545 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandrindod
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
3.9 stars(63 reviews)
2022JunAugSepOct
5 days from
£695 pp
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5 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationHotel
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
3.9 stars(38 reviews)
2022JunSepOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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Alladale Wilderness Reserve
4.2 stars(26 reviews)
2022SepOct
7 days from
£1,745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Our customers love our UK & Ireland tours
Railways and Castles of Wales
25/May
Mr Peter Coward
5 stars
“A superb short break. Everything worked like clockwork, our tour manager, Nick, was available throughout, and nothing was too much trouble for him. The hotel and its staff were of a very high standard, as were our coach drivers and their vehicles. We would recommend Great Rail to anyone.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
25/May
Doctor Thomas
5 stars
“The holiday exceeded our expectations
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Highland Adventure
25/May
R Shercliff
5 stars
“We had an excellent tour guide, visited interesting places, & were well looked after - even the weather was fine most of the time - & wonderful scenery in the highlands.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
24/May
Richard Savage
5 stars
“An excellent trip. Well worth the visit, with an excellent tour manager. The Hotel, the staff and the food were first class. The excursions were most enjoyable.
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Dublin and The Enchanting Emerald Isle
24/May
Susan Mowforth
5 stars
“The tour guide and coach driver were both well organised and good fun. Excellent programme with plenty of variety. Memorable locations and events.
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
23/May
Mrs Joyce Gowen
5 stars
“A great holiday. Everything very well planned and executed. Hotels clean and comfortable. First rate tour manager
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The Outer Hebrides and The Highlands
20/May
David P
5 stars
“A very full but rewarding schedule with knowledgeable guides and interesting journeys and destinations. For those who have not previously travelled on the West Highland line, the scenery is stunning.
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Yorkshire Dales and Moors
19/May
John
5 stars
“Great tour. Hotel was really wonderful, great food and very comfortable. Tours were a great view of what the North Yorkshire Moors have to offer, and now looking at revisiting some of the villages.
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The Charms of the Channel Islands
18/May
C Wilding
5 stars
“Well managed. Good itinerary but could have done with more free time. Hotels and service excellent.
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