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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
Small Group
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4.5 stars(77 reviews)
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£675 pp
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Railways & Castles of Wales
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.5 stars(63 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.0 stars(19 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
£845 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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Europe & The Great British Isles 2021

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.5 stars(77 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,495 pp
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9 days from
£1,495
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£675 pp
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6 days from
£675
per person
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Railways & Castles of Wales
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.5 stars(63 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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6 days from
£695
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.0 stars(19 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
£845 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.4 stars(67 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulSepOct
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railwa
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.2 stars(20 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
5 days from
£495 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandrindod
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The Outer Hebrides
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.1 stars(24 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAugSep
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,445 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Glasgow, Edinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
Small Group
Flexible Booking
3.9 stars(29 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Highlands & Inner Hebrides
Flexible Booking
4.7 stars(7 reviews)
2021MaySep
9 days from
£3,485 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Grand Tour of the UK
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2021Sep
12 days from
£2,445 pp
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12 days from
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.3 stars(10 reviews)
2021MayJunAugSepOct
2022MayJunAugSepOct
5 days from
£645 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise - Lord of the Glens
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2021SepOct
7 days from
£1,945 pp
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7 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Oban
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  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Our customers love our UK & Ireland tours
Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
27 Oct 2020
Mr Joslin Lewis
5 stars
“Everything went to plan and the holiday was well described in the advance literature.
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Highland Adventure
25 Oct 2020
Mrs Christine Saunders
5 stars
“Our holiday was excellent and very safe.
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Railways and Castles of Wales
20 Oct 2020
Mr Michael Saunders
5 stars
“Because everything was just fine, from the hotel staff to the organised trips? The covid arrangements were outstanding
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
Oct 10 2020
Miss Christine Diwell
5 stars
“Well organised, attentive tour manager, well spaced varied and interesting programme and good hotels
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
Oct 14 2019
Mr P Allen
5 stars
“An excellent tour, Sandra our tour manager was really efficient and the tour itself was very well thought out
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
14 Oct 2019
Mr R Kingston
5 stars
“Thanks to Graham our Guide everything went very well.Very much enjoyed the Castle.
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
04 Aug 2019
Mr C Lee
5 stars
“Well organised,great value hotel.
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Western Highlands and Hebrides
Aug 03 2019
Mr P Johnson
5 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this holiday. A bit spoilt by the weather.
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Scottish Highlands Cruise
03 Oct 2018
Dr T James
5 stars
“very good atmosphere created by the staff and crew of the Lord of the Glens
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
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