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UK & Ireland - Rail and escorted holidays

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
(99 reviews)
2020AugSepOct
2021MarAprMayJunJul...
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Railways & Castles of Wales
(77 reviews)
2020SepOct
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6 days from
£695 pp
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
(31 reviews)
2020AugSep
2021AprMayJunJulAugSep
7 days from
£845 pp
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
(96 reviews)
2020AugSepOct
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£675 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
(99 reviews)
2020AugSepOct
2021MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,395 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
(82 reviews)
2020SepOct
2021Sep
5 days from
£745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Highlands & Inner Hebrides
Early Booking
(8 reviews)
2021MaySep
9 days from
£2,395 pp £2,295 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Railways & Castles of Wales
(77 reviews)
2020SepOct
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
(31 reviews)
2020AugSep
2021AprMayJunJulAugSep
7 days from
£845 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York, Harrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
(96 reviews)
2020AugSepOct
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6 days from
£675 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
(8 reviews)
2020Oct
5 days from
£495 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
(41 reviews)
2020SepOct
7 days from
£995 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Outer Hebrides
(32 reviews)
2020Sep
2021AprMayJunJulSep
8 days from
£1,445 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
(14 reviews)
2020Sep
2021MayJunSep
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsDublin
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Coastal Cornwall & Lost Gardens
(5 reviews)
2020Sep
6 days from
£975 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCornwall
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Grand Tour of the UK
(6 reviews)
2020Sep
14 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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  • TransportRail
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Coastal Cornwall & its Captivating Gardens
Mr A Gander
“Excellent weather helped spending time in such a superb location, with excellent tours around the Cornwall countryside.
Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands
Mrs C Inboden
“Everybody I dealt with at Great Rails was very knowledgeable and organized. Our experience was exactly as expected.
Scottish Highlands Cruise
Anonymous
“Great food, good mix of relaxation and interest.
Highland Adventure
Mr D Fetterman
“Excellent holiday. Hotel great
Northern England's Industrial Revolution
Anonymous
“very good though wish we could have visited the places longer
Northern England, The Faroe Islands & Iceland
Anonymous
“We both thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Hotels were great, Linden especially, excellent room and food if a little pricey for drinks but we expected that in a hotel. The Ship was fine but not our personal favourite. Iceland did not disappoint, the sea was calm for the North Atlantic and the weather was sun if a little chilly.
Orkney, Shetland & the Highlands
Mr P Allen
“An excellent tour, Sandra our tour manager was really efficient and the tour itself was very well thought out
Railways & Castles of Wales
Anonymous
“A wonderful time with an excellent Tour Guide, good hotel and interesting trips.
South Devon & The Dawlish Coast
Mr C Lee
“Well organised,great value hotel.
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