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Britain's Coastal Railways

Misty mountain, bustling cities, rolling countryside, there are so many incredible attractive elements that make up the UK. Arguably, the most beautiful of these is the glorious stretch of coastline which winds its way around all four nations of the isles. Picturesque cliffs gaze over blue oceans, shimmering white beaches greet the waves, and who can forget the promenades, harbours and piers of Britain's cheerful seaside towns?

The good news is that Britain's excellent selection of coastal railways are an absolute delight to discover and they criss-cross all over the islands, travelling over the cliffs and pulling into pretty coastal stations. Some are heritage, some are panoramic but all are innately enchanting in their own way.

Great Rail Journeys offer a dazzling range of coastal railway journeys for your perusal, take a look below and discover rail holidays to England, Wales, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland!

The coasts of the British Isles  are widely regarded as some of the most magnificent natural landscapes in Europe. Discover the astonishing natural beauty of these stunning coastlines on a range of panoramic railroad journeys which stretch the length and breadth of these wonderful countries. From the rugged islands of Scotland, the Arthurian mountains of Wales and the grand seaside towns of England, there is much to explore along the waterfronts of these impressive isles.

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(455 reviews)
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railway
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4.3 stars(151 reviews)
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£595 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandrindod Wells
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
Last 100 Spaces
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4.1 stars(161 reviews)
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7 days from
£1,195 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
4.1 stars(75 reviews)
2024Oct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsPaignton
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
4.1 stars(40 reviews)
2024JunSep
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£2,395 pp
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsHolyhead
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Our customers love our Britain's Coastal Railways tours
Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
23/May
SAO
5 stars
“Our tour director, Ed, was very knowledgeable and made sure he connected with everyone on the tour. The first coach driver, Dave, was awesome. Being a native of the Highlands, he brought the area to life with his commentary. The tours, lodging and meals were very good. My one complaint is that you provide no transportation to the airport or train at the start and end of the tour which makes for unneeded stress.
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Dublin and the Enchanting Emerald Isle
21/May
Diane Camden
5 stars
“Very well managed, accommodations great, guide was wonderful
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Valleys and Railways of Mid Wales
9/May
G Johnson
5 stars
“Good venue,good hotel and staff, Helpful guide.
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
22/Apr
MR DAVID BAKER
5 stars
“I enjoyed every day of our visit tremendously although our visits to Lindisfarne and Bamburgh were affected by awful weather. Otherwise the weather was kind. Both hotels were good. Rail journeys fun.Our guide, Lynda was excellent. She got me mobile scooters so l could enjoy the gardens better. Perhaps my best memory is riding up the winding path through the forest of Japanese cherry blossom in full bloom in Alnwick Castle gardens. David
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South Devon, Dartmouth, and The English Riviera
17/May
Dorothy Cooke
4 stars
“We had an excellent courier, the visits were well planned and interesting. Don’t be fooled by the Riviera title unfortunately Paignton did not live up to the title. I’m sure there were other prettier seaside resorts. The afternoon tea was much too large considering we had a 3 course evening meal at 7pm.
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