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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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4.3 stars(246 reviews)
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
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Railways & Castles of Wales
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
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4.1 stars(64 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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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
Flexible Booking
4.3 stars(246 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
2023Jun
9 days from
£1,495 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
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4.6 stars(195 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Tresco Abbey Gardens
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4.1 stars(23 reviews)
2022AprMayAugOct
8 days from
£1,890 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Paddington
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Railways & Castles of Wales
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4.4 stars(197 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
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4.1 stars(64 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
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The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railwa
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4.3 stars(80 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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£545 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandrindod
  • AccommodationHotel
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The Outer Hebrides
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4.1 stars(79 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Glasgow, Edinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
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Highland Adventure
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4.3 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
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4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
5 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
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3.5 stars(32 reviews)
2022MayJunSep
7 days from
£1,865 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
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3.9 stars(16 reviews)
2022MayJunSep
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsDublin
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Our customers love our UK & Ireland tours
A Scottish Christmas
10/Jan
Anne
5 stars
“I was really pleased that I made the decision to take this trip. The group, smaller than it would have been, gelled really well. I think we were let down by ScotRail. The tour manager was very efficient and helpful. The hotel in Edinburgh was much more geared up to deal with my having Coeliac disease and therefore follow a gluten free diet but I was rather disappointed by the attitude of the hotel in Inverness who did not seem to be prepared although I had advised of my special diet on booking and I cannot believe that I was the only guest in the hotel who had this need. I enjoyed the excursions on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
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Highland Adventure
01 Dec 2021
C Carraway
5 stars
“This experience was amazing. The highlands are so breath taking. Roger our tour guide was awesome. Highly recommend.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
14 Nov 2021
John Oxley
5 stars
“Despite the problems with the ferry crossings both going and returning to Heysham, I felt the holiday was a success and the tour manager should be highly commended for the way she dealt with all the problems. The Great Rail Journeys Head Office should also be congratulated for so swiftly arranging accommodation due to cancelled ferries and paying for an extra evening meal both the Lancaster Hotel on the way out and at the Isle of Man hotel before our return on the evening ferry. The holiday programme itself on the Island lived up to expectation and I thoroughly enjoyed all the experiences and the hotel where we stayed was excellent with the staff being very friendly and helpful.
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
07 Nov 2021
Martin
5 stars
“Scenic, professionally organised, wild, remote and magical.
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Railways and Castles of Wales
04 Nov 2021
A Sugden
5 stars
“I had a great time - interesting places to visit with great scenic views.
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Valleys and Railways of Mid Wales
24 Oct 2021
Jane Simpson
5 stars
“A 5 star trip in every way. We loved the programme; Mid Wales is spectacularly beautiful, particularly seen from narrow track steam engines; Metropole Spar Hotel is a very good hotel with attentive staff and good food. A special mention forTrevor Elliott, our manager, who was attentive, interesting and kind. He ensured that everything ran smoothly and enhanced the whole experience for us.
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The Charms of the Channel Islands
20 Oct 2021
Lucille Ralph
5 stars
“Fantastic holiday, stunning scenery on the islands. Hotels in Guernsey and Jersey were delightful. Tours were very interesting. A superb holiday which I would highly recommend.,
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Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
14 Oct 2021
customer
5 stars
“Excellent relaxing holiday.
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Scottish Highlands Cruise
12 Oct 2021
Judy
5 stars
“An excellent and rel;axinng holiday. It was a pity that poor weather did npot allow for the full itinerary to be followed. The scenery around the inner isles was obstructed by low cloud which was disapointing.
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