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

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

Travel coast to coast from Land’s End to John O’Groats, including many of Britain’s great scenic rail journeys along the way. Explore England, Scotland & Wales on a one off, once in a lifetime, grand rail tour of mainland Britain!

12 Days From £2289

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 15 September 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax in Falmouth, Cornwall

  • Visit Land’s End & Cape Cornwall

  • Marvel at the Welsh Highland Railway & the Ffestiniog Railway

  • Enjoy the Llangollen Steam Railway & a Canal Cruise

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

  • Steam across Glenfinnan Viaduct on the Jacobite Steam Train

  • Take in the lovely scenery through the Great Glen 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

We arrive in Cornwall in Falmouth for three nights at the fabulous Royal Duchy Hotel. Here we check in and relax ahead of dinner together.

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DAY 2

We begin our excursions by travelling through charming, un-spoilt 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 Falmouth.

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DAY 3

A leisurely day allows you to relax in Falmouth.

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DAY 4

We head to Falmouth station which 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 travel through the beautiful Heartland of England changing trains at Birmingham New Street. At Chester we make our way to the lovely Queen Hotel where we will be based for three nights.

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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 rail 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.

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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.

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DAY 7

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 rail 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.

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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 an Eigg. Enjoy time in Mallaig with views across the sea to Skye.

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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.

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DAY 10

The original of Sir Michael Palin's Great Railway Journeys 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.

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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 a traditional Highlands distillery 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.

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DAY 12

Our Railtrail grand tour concludes as we make our homeward journeys, our cameras filled with coast to coast adventures.

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HOTELS

Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

Set on landscaped grounds beside the sea, this chic 4-star hotel was built in 1893, one of Falmouth’s first hotels. The en-suite rooms here all feature free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs. You may wish to unwind in the hotels indoor heated pool or sauna.

 

Queen Hotel, Chester

We have booked the Executive Rooms in this centrally located hotel. Located directly opposite the railway station, the Queen Hotel is characterised by its elegance and Victorian heritage. The en-suite executive bedrooms offer free WiFi, flat screen TVs, tea/coffee making facilities and bottled water.

 

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

Overlooking the River Ness, a short stroll from the city centre, this superior quality, traditional Scottish hotel has well appointed bedrooms all en-suite with hospitality tray, TV and free WiFi. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and beauty salon.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Out Paddington

Return King's Cross

£2629

£2415

Greater London

£2645

£2419

South of England

£2669

£2435

East Anglia

£2679

£2439

South West

£2625

£2419

Heart of England

£2689

£2439

Midlands

£2675

£2419

Yorkshire

£2679

£2425

North East

£2669

£2425

North West

£2669

£2419

South Wales

£2779

£2455

North Wales

£2699

£2439

Scotland

£2669

£2419

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £2299

 

Single Room Supplement £525

 

First Class Supplement (for rail during the tour where first class seating is available) £139

 

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

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