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Local food and home grown beauty in the UK and Ireland

Despite their relatively compact size, the United Kingdom and Ireland manage to squeeze in an enviable amount of charm and character, must-see attractions and natural beauty. This, and a native passion for rail travel, makes the UK and Ireland an outstanding choice for an independent tour tailored to the activities and experiences you enjoy most, whether that's journeying on heritage railways or exploring stately homes.

From the spectacular rock formations of Ireland's Giant's Causeway to the dramatic peaks of the Scottish Highlands, mountainous Snowdonia in Wales, and the tranquil yet breath-taking Lake District in England, you are assured of plenty of places in which to enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, few destinations can boast such a diversity of enchanting and beautiful landscapes to admire.

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New Year on the Belmond British Pullman

Welcome in the New Year on board the luxurious 1920s-style Belmond British Pullman. Enjoy a delicious five-course dinner and wonderful festivities amongst the elegance of the iconic train. 

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3 days from £899 pp

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Explore this Storied Land Independently

Take inspiration from our range of sample itineraries and then choose precisely how you would like to explore the UK. Our professional travel consultants will help you create your perfect bespoke holiday from offering recommendations for hotels and rail travel to suggesting the top excursions in your favourite destinations.

If you enjoy discovering new cities, the UK's modern and efficient rail network makes getting from place to place both convenient and comfortable. Whilst London is a primary destination on many visitors' itineraries (thanks to its undisputed wealth of landmarks, historical sites and entertainment), great cities such as Bath, Cardiff, Swansea, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, Glasgow and Birmingham are all exceptionally rewarding to explore. Each has its unique character and history, and each offers a wealth of memorable sights, attractions, and experiences for your enjoyment.

Beyond the cities there is even more to discover in the form of historical sites. These include everything from the enigmatic Stonehenge to the ancient wall which divides England and Scotland, built on the instructions of the Roman Emperor, Hadrian. You could also visit the Blarney Stone; set into the wall of Blarney Castle near Cork, this stone, when kissed, is reputed to give the 'gift of the gab' (eloquent speech).

Multicultural, welcoming, and memorable, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales offer so many different and wonderful destinations that you could create an almost limitless variety of thoroughly entertaining independent rail tour itineraries. And, at GRJ independent, you have the freedom to build them in any way you choose.

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