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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(323 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
2023MayOct
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(245 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(272 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(97 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
7 days from
£945 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
4.3 stars(323 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
2023MayOct
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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9 days from
£1,595
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(245 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(272 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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6 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(97 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
7 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
4.3 stars(145 reviews)
2022SepOct
2023Jul
5 days from
£895 pp
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£895
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Outer Hebrides
4.1 stars(101 reviews)
2022AugSep
8 days from
£1,645 pp
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8 days from
£1,645
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Glasgow, Edinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.1 stars(109 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
7 days from
£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railway
4.2 stars(105 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
5 days from
£545 pp
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£545
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandrindod
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
4.0 stars(72 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
5 days from
£695 pp
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5 days from
£695
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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4 days from
£635
per person
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
3.8 stars(45 reviews)
2022SepOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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5 days from
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Alladale Wilderness Reserve
4.2 stars(34 reviews)
2022SepOct
7 days from
£1,745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Our customers love our UK & Ireland tours
Railways and Castles of Wales
9/Aug
C Derrick
5 stars
“The Dunoon Hotel was good, great food. I liked Llandudno, great location. Excellent guides for Conwy and Carnarvon Castles and good rides on the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland and Snowdon Mountain Railways. Our coach driver Mike was excellent. Other interesting excursions and a good pace to the holiday with a first class tour manager.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
8/Aug
Adele Thomas
5 stars
“Tour manager was excellent - hotel great with good food- we had a lovely room with a sea view . The Isle of Man is a beautiful island and we enjoyed all the excursions
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Valleys and Railways of Mid Wales
7/Aug
Mrs Williams
5 stars
“Interesting and attractive destinations and very beautiful scenery. The train journeys were a pleasure. The Metropole was ideally situated and a very comfortable base. Thank you.
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Highland Adventure
3/Aug
N Wilcox
5 stars
“Fabulous trip with a knowledgable and engaging guide. Nothing was too much trouble. Scenery was amazing
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The Charms of the Channel Islands
2/Aug
Bob Thompson
5 stars
“An excellent and enjoyable holiday Hotels are first class and our Travel Manager Lucy was outstanding
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
25/Jul
Richard Butler
5 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, excellent guide, good hotels and good food.
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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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Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
14 Oct 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
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
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.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
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