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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!

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(375 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
2024AprMayJun
9 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Highland Adventure
4.3 stars(156 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.2 stars(127 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
4.0 stars(56 reviews)
2023AprMayJunOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railway
4.2 stars(114 reviews)
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  • DestinationWales
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
4.1 stars(32 reviews)
2023MayJunSep
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsDublin
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Grand Tour of the UK
4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2023MaySep
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon
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Highland Adventure
31 Oct 2022
S Clarke
5 stars
“First time on my own was made very welcome by tour guide asked if could sit at front as not good on buses and we did more travel on bus then I expected but enjoyed the tour
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Dublin and the Enchanting Emerald Isle
29 Sep 2022
Louisa
5 stars
“I thought the journey was excellent and good value. I loved all the travel and activities. The hotels were good on the whole and the food provided was better than I had expected I did not take either photos or videos so cannot answer the next question.
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Western Highlands and Hebrides
03 Aug 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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Northern England's Industrial Revolution
09 Oct 2017
Prof K Dyer
5 stars
“We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It visited some very interesting locations that were well integrated. The introductions were very good, especially the one on the canal trip. The visiting academic's talk after dinner came at a rather sleepy point when most people were not at their most receptive. We were sorry not to have had more free time in both Manchester and Newcastle to extend the context of the tour.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
09 Nov 2022
A Jones
4 stars
“Probably a 4.5/5 or 9/10. Very well organised. Accommodation was good. Meal choices and quality were excellent. Bus driver for the 3 days around Fort William was excellent - history, stories, jokes, singing and driving. Good group size. What we saw was great. Earlier starts some days would be better, but appreciate locked into train timetables. Wish Scot Rail would clean their train windows to allow better photography - beyond tour manager to manage this Expect some fog and rain - it is Scotland.
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
07 Nov 2022
Janet Wright
4 stars
“Good holiday although a couple of alterations would be advantageous e.g visit Harlow Carr in the afternoon instead of morning and catch an earlier N Yorks Moors train as the last part of our journey was in the dark and we returned very late to the hotel. It was well organised, both hotels were satisfactory and the food in the Crowne Plaza in Harrogate was excellent especially the choice at breakfast. There were some very nice excursions with enthusiastic local guides
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
20 Oct 2022
Ian Peel
4 stars
“A very enjoyable holiday, with excellent accommodation and a very pleasant and capable tour manager. However, having a "free day" in a holiday planning only 3 days seems a little unnecessary; perhaps the various activities could be spread over the three days rather more evenly.
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Valleys and Railways of Mid Wales
19 Oct 2022
A Town
4 stars
“Excellent - good to put all these Railways together. A lasting memory
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Grand Tour of the UK
01 Oct 2021
Leslie Blake
4 stars
“The tour was good with excellent local guides, the tour manager Peter Scott had to deal with a number of setbacks very successfully including the Sunday train strike in Scotland and arranging for alternative transport. The only drawback was only staying in hotels for one night and moving on to the next phase, this proved to be quite tiring.
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