2017 The Grand Tour - Land's End to John O'Groats

2017 The Grand Tour - Land's End to John O'Groats

Travel coast to coast from Land's End to John O'Groats! Explore England, Scotland & Wales on one tour! Stay in two castle hotels, the original Railtrail hotel and a hideaway in the western Highlands! All on a one-off, once in a lifetime grand tour of mainland Britain.

12 days from £1725.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 28 September 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax at Tregenna Castle Resort near St Ives

  • Visit Land’s End & Cape Cornwall

  • Stay at Ruthin Castle Hotel in North Wales

  • Marvel at the Welsh Highland Railway & the Ffestiniog Railway

  • Enjoy the Llangollen Railway & a Canal Cruise

  • Unwind in the heart of the Highlands at the Bridge of Orchy

  • Steam across the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the Jacobite Steam Train

  • Take in the lovely scenery alongside Loch Ness

  • Stay at the original Railtrail hotel, the Palace in Inverness

  • Enjoy Dave’s original ‘Great Railway Journey’ on the Kyle Line

  • Touch the top of the country at John O’Groats

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

 

DAY 1

Travelling by train from your home station to St Ives, we transfer to our hotel for three nights, the fabulous Tregenna Castle Resort. Here we check in and relax ahead of dinner together.

D

DAY 2

We begin our excursions by travelling through charming, unspoilt Cape Cornwall en route to Land's End, the westernmost point of Cornwall and England. Our round trip then continues, calling in at the lovely fishing village of Mousehole, before returning to St Ives and Tregenna Castle.

B, D

DAY 3

A leisurely day allows you to relax in the resort with its fabulous leisure facilities and picturesque grounds, or make the short journey into charming St Ives, with its scenic cove, lovely shops and Tate Gallery.

B, D

DAY 4

A short transfer to St Ives station marks the beginning of our adventure northwards. Travelling in the class of your choice once we reach the main line, we cross through Cornwall into Devon, cruising by rail alongside the famous sea wall at Dawlish. Heading through the Southwest, we change trains at Birmingham New Street. At Chester we transfer by road to our hotel just across the border in North Wales, Ruthin Castle Hotel

B, D

DAY 5

Our coach transfers us along the North Wales Coast to Caernarvon, where we board the magnificent Welsh Highland Railway for a steam hauled journey climbing into Snowdonia, twisting around forests to Beddgelert and through the much treasured beauty of the Aberglaslyn Pass. At Porthmadog we enjoy some free time for lunch before we embark on the Ffestiniog Railway for a narrow gauge steam adventure, climbing inland to the unique landscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

B, D

DAY 6

We make the short journey by road to the Llangollen Canal, where we take a breathtaking aerial cruise across one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Canals', the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Crossing 126 ft above the River Dee, it is the highest and longest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage site. We continue to Llangollen for a little free time to look around the delightful town before a heritage diesel train ride along the beautiful Dee Valley.

B, D

DAY 7

Transferring back to Chester, our journey north continues in the class of your choice via the West Coast Mainline into Glasgow. Here we continue in Standard Class on the first section of the West Highland Line, dubbed one of the world's greatest railway journeys. The first part of the journey is dominated by wonderful watery landscapes, as we skirt the Firth of Clyde, Loch Long and Loch Lomond, before climbing into the western Highlands to Bridge of Orchy, where we spend two nights at the beautifully renovated Bridge of Orchy Hotel.

B, D

DAY 8

We transfer to Fort William to join the famous 'Harry Potter' Jacobite steam train to Mallaig. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument and Loch Shiel are viewed before bursting out onto the Atlantic coastline of golden white sands with distant views of Rhum and Eigg. Enjoy time in Mallaig with views across the sea to Skye.

B, D

DAY 9

Leaving Bridge of Orchy behind, we transfer through the dramatic Great Glen, alongside serene Loch Ness, on our way to Inverness for a three night stay at the Palace Hotel.

B, D

DAY 10

The original of Michael Palin's Great Railway Journey of the World, the Kyle Line to Kyle of Lochalsh, awaits today. Another journey of a lifetime, the Kyle Line connects Scotland coast to coast across great mountain plateaux before the wonderful coastline emerges, with Skye's brooding Cuillin Mountains in the distance.

B, D

DAY 11

Our final excursion completes a wonderful coast to coast odyssey, travelling northwards through stunning coastal Sutherland and into Caithness for a visit to John O'Groats, the furthest inhabited place on mainland Britain from Land's End, which lies some 876 miles away. Today we also visit the Queen Mother's Castle of Mey before returning by road to Inverness to reflect on a tour crossing three countries between the two farthest points, with a host of new and exciting experiences in between.

B, D

DAY 12

Our grand tour concludes as we return homeward by train over the Cairngorm Mountains to Edinburgh and the South.

B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Tregenna Castle Resort, near St Ives

A 4* hotel and resort with a fabulous range of facilities, including heated outdoor pool, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, plus tennis, badminton and squash courts and even an 18 hole golf course. Tregenna’s Woodland Walk through some of its 72 acres is also a great place to unwind amidst nature.

Ruthin Castle, Ruthin

Steeped in history, having welcomed royalty and nobility, Ruthin Castle is a beautiful rustic woodland retreat amidst acres of parkland within the Clwydian Range.

Bridge of Orchy Hotel

Situated on the West Highland Way, overlooked by mighty Beinn Dorain mountain, the recently renovated Bridge of Orchy Hotel occupies a position of remote, untouched beauty.

Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Railtrail’s original hotel and still in the programme 35 years later, the Palace overlooks the River Ness, a short stroll from the city centre.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Paddington/King’s Cross

£2,030

£1,840

-£20

Greater London

£2,065

£1,860

-£20

South of England

£2,065

£1,860

-£20

East Anglia

£2,080

£1,875

-£25

South West

£2,070

£1,860

-£20

Heart of England

£2,055

£1,860

-£20

Midlands

£2,075

£1,850

-£20

Yorkshire

£2,085

£1,870

-£20

North East

£2,080

£1,860

-£20

North West

£2,075

£1,855

-£20

South Wales

£2,185

£1,890

-£25

North Wales

£2,100

£1,875

-£20

Scotland

£2,060

£1,860

-£20



Join & Leave at Hotel £1725

 

Single Room Supplement £450

 

11 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

From Price Book Now Call Back Telephone Favourites
28 Sep
2017
£1,725.00 Add

UK & European Tours 2017

Award winning rail holidays in the UK and Europe. All departing in 2017.

 

2017 Dresden Steam Fest & Saxony Steam Sensation

From Price: £1,575.00
Duration: 9 Days
Departure Date: 05/04/2017
 

2017 Springtime Highlander

From Price: £429.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 08/04/2017
 

2017 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £515.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 09/04/2017
 

2017 Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer

From Price: £545.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 13/04/2017
 

2017 Yorkshire Moors by Steam

From Price: £395.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 13/04/2017
 

2017 Amsterdam, Brussels, Bulbfields & Steam

From Price: £899.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 15/04/2017
 

2017 Isle of Man Explorer

From Price: £499.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 20/04/2017
 

2017 Highland Rail Voyager

From Price: £309.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 22/04/2017
 

2017 Hebridean Islands Discovery

From Price: £1,029.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 22/04/2017
 

2017 Burns Country, Arran & the Causeway Coast

From Price: £995.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 27/04/2017
 

Belgium's International Steam Festival & More

From Price: £699.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 27/04/2017
 

2017 Fab Four Rhine Valley Rail Roamer

From Price: £555.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 27/04/2017
 

2017 North Norfolk Coast, the Broads & Steam

From Price: £445.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 27/04/2017
 

2017 Romantic Highlander

From Price: £845.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 01/05/2017
 

2017 Isle of Man Explorer

From Price: £519.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 04/05/2017
 

2017 Highland Rail Voyager

From Price: £379.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 06/05/2017
 

2017 Wonderful Wales

From Price: £799.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 08/05/2017
 

2017 The Orkney & Shetland Explorer

From Price: £1,145.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 10/05/2017
 

2017 Yorkshire Moors by Steam

From Price: £415.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 11/05/2017
 

Dorset Coast & Isle of Wight Steam

From Price: £499.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 14/05/2017
 

2017 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £565.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 14/05/2017
 

2017 Highland Adventure

From Price: £445.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 15/05/2017
 

2017 Lake District & Mountains Rail Roamer

From Price: £775.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 15/05/2017
 

2017 Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

From Price: £525.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 18/05/2017
 

2017 Welsh Mountains, Steam & Coast Rail Voyager

From Price: £399.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 18/05/2017
 

2017 Queen of Scots

From Price: £1,195.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 18/05/2017
 

2017 Devon Riviera by Steam

From Price: £355.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 22/05/2017
 

2017 Cornwall Classic

From Price: £695.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 25/05/2017
 

2017 The Orkney & Shetland Explorer

From Price: £1,195.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 31/05/2017
 

2017 Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

From Price: £499.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 01/06/2017
 

2017 Northern France Narrow Gauge Steam

From Price: £699.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 01/06/2017
 

2017 Big Five Mountain Railroad Adventure

From Price: £1,299.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 03/06/2017
 

The Grand Tour of Poland From Coast To Krakow

From Price: £2,595.00
Duration: 13 Days
Departure Date: 06/06/2017
 

2017 Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

From Price: £550.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 08/06/2017
 

2017 St Tropez, Antibes & Monte Carlo

From Price: £1,245.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 08/06/2017
 

2017 Barcelona, Carcassonne & the Catalan Coast

From Price: £1,299.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 09/06/2017
 

2017 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £565.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 11/06/2017
 

2017 Saxony Seven Steam & Rail Explorer

From Price: £1,395.00
Duration: 9 Days
Departure Date: 12/06/2017
 

2017 Highland Adventure

From Price: £445.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 12/06/2017
 

2017 Bavarian Beer Festival & Rail Ale Trail

From Price: £875.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 14/06/2017
 

2017 Romantic Highlander

From Price: £855.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 14/06/2017
 

2017 Isle of Man Explorer

From Price: £519.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 15/06/2017
 

2017 Welsh Mountains, Steam & Coast Rail Voyager

From Price: £429.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 15/06/2017
 

2017 Swiss Glacier Express and the Bernina

From Price: £1,299.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 16/06/2017
 

2017 Harz Mountains Steam - the jewel of Germany

From Price: £1,199.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 17/06/2017
 

2017 Rhine & Moselle Rail & Wine Trail

From Price: £699.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 18/06/2017
 

2017 Lake District & Mountains Rail Roamer

From Price: £775.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 19/06/2017
 

2017 Swiss Mountain Steam

From Price: £1,599.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 21/06/2017
 

2017 North Norfolk Coast, the Broads & Steam

From Price: £475.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 22/06/2017
 

2017 Yorkshire Moors by Steam

From Price: £415.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 22/06/2017
 

German Coastal Steam & Berlin's Garden Show

From Price: £1,295.00
Duration: 9 Days
Departure Date: 25/06/2017
 

The Grand Tour - Norway's Majestic Fjords & Steam

From Price: £3,695.00
Duration: 18 Days
Departure Date: 25/06/2017
 

2017 Cornwall Classic

From Price: £695.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 29/06/2017
 

2017 Highland Rail Voyager

From Price: £399.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 03/07/2017
 

2017 Wonderful Wales

From Price: £829.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 05/07/2017
 

2017 Devon Riviera by Steam

From Price: £355.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 06/07/2017
 

2017 Isle of Man Explorer

From Price: £519.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 06/07/2017
 

2017 Cornwall Classic

From Price: £695.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 06/07/2017
 

2017 Big Five Mountain Railroad Adventure

From Price: £1,299.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 08/07/2017
 

2017 Highland Rail Voyager

From Price: £399.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 10/07/2017
 

2017 Swiss Mountain Steam

From Price: £1,599.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 12/07/2017
 

2017 Fab Four Rhine Valley Rail Roamer

From Price: £555.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 14/07/2017
 

2017 Harz Mountains Steam - the jewel of Germany

From Price: £1,199.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 15/07/2017
 

2017 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £565.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 16/07/2017
 

2017 Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

From Price: £565.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 20/07/2017
 

2017 Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

From Price: £499.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 27/07/2017
 

2017 Devon Riviera by Steam

From Price: £355.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 30/07/2017
 

2017 Shakespeare's Severn

From Price: £475.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 03/08/2017
 

2017 Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

From Price: £499.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 10/08/2017
 

2017 Welsh Mountains, Steam & Coast Rail Voyager

From Price: £429.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 10/08/2017
 

Krakow, Warsaw & The Chabowka Steam Festival

From Price: £2,295.00
Duration: 13 Days
Departure Date: 12/08/2017
 

German Coastal Steam & Berlin's Garden Show

From Price: £1,295.00
Duration: 9 Days
Departure Date: 13/08/2017
 

2017 Swiss Mountain Steam

From Price: £1,599.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 16/08/2017
 

2017 Big Five Mountain Railroad Adventure

From Price: £1,299.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 19/08/2017
 

2017 Rhine & Moselle Rail & Wine Trail

From Price: £699.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 20/08/2017
 

2017 Guernsey & Sark Explore & Relax

From Price: £899.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 23/08/2017
 

2017 Fab Four Rhine Valley Rail Roamer

From Price: £555.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 24/08/2017
 

2017 Shakespeare's Severn

From Price: £475.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 24/08/2017
 

2017 Saxony Seven Steam & Rail Explorer

From Price: £1,395.00
Duration: 9 Days
Departure Date: 04/09/2017
 

2017 Wonderful Wales

From Price: £829.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 04/09/2017
 

2017 North Norfolk Coast, the Broads & Steam

From Price: £475.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 07/09/2017
 

2017 Isle of Man Explorer

From Price: £519.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 07/09/2017
 

2017 Cornwall Classic

From Price: £695.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 07/09/2017
 

2017 Swiss Glacier Express and the Bernina

From Price: £1,299.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 08/09/2017
 

2017 Swiss Mountain Steam

From Price: £1,599.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 13/09/2017
 

2017 Yorkshire Moors by Steam

From Price: £435.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 14/09/2017
 

2017 St Tropez, Antibes & Monte Carlo

From Price: £1,245.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 14/09/2017
 

2017 Barcelona, Carcassonne & the Catalan Coast

From Price: £1,299.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 15/09/2017
 

2017 Highland Rail Voyager

From Price: £399.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 16/09/2017
 

2017 Rhine & Moselle Rail & Wine Trail

From Price: £699.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 17/09/2017
 

2017 Devon Riviera by Steam

From Price: £355.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 18/09/2017
 

2017 Lake District & Mountains Rail Roamer

From Price: £775.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 18/09/2017
 

2017 The Orkney & Shetland Explorer

From Price: £1,195.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 20/09/2017
 

2017 Burns Country, Arran & the Causeway Coast

From Price: £1,025.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 21/09/2017
 

2017 Big Five Mountain Railroad Adventure

From Price: £1,299.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 23/09/2017
 

Dorset Coast & Isle of Wight Steam

From Price: £499.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 24/09/2017
 

2017 Highland Adventure

From Price: £465.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 25/09/2017
 

2017 Romantic Highlander

From Price: £875.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 25/09/2017
 

2017 The Grand Tour - Derry To Kerry

From Price: £1,595.00
Duration: 12 Days
Departure Date: 28/09/2017
 

2017 Fab Four Rhine Valley Rail Roamer

From Price: £555.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 28/09/2017
 

2017 Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

From Price: £499.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 28/09/2017
 

2017 Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

From Price: £550.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 28/09/2017
 

2017 Harz Mountains Steam - the jewel of Germany

From Price: £1,199.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 30/09/2017
 

2017 Highland Rail Voyager

From Price: £399.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 30/09/2017
 

2017 Hebridean Islands Discovery

From Price: £1,099.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 30/09/2017
 

2017 Queen of Scots

From Price: £1,095.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 02/10/2017
 

2017 Yorkshire Dales Steam, Rail & Ale Trail

From Price: £445.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 05/10/2017
 

2017 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £515.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 08/10/2017
 

2017 Highland Adventure

From Price: £395.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 23/10/2017

Availability Search

Keyword Search

This website uses cookies to store information. By continuing to browse the website without changing your settings you are agreeing to their use. Click here to view our cookie policy.