Great British Railway Journeys with Railtrail Tours

 

Michael Portillo's hugely popular 'Great British Railway Journeys' television series has sparked great interest in train holidays, reminding me of just how many of the great rail journeys in the UK that you can enjoy on holiday with Railtrail Tours. Following is a list of some of my favourites...

 

Enjoy!

 

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Dave Felstead
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Dawlish

Devon's Dawlish Sea Wall line

The Cornish Riviera Express was, in the days of steam, the most famous holiday train in the country. Children from nine to ninety eagerly awaited departing Exeter and clinging to the Exe estuary before the drama of speeding alongside the sea wall through Dawlish knowing that your holiday had really begun. Although no longer with steam, this spectacular journey is a wonderful introduction to our tours: Devon Riviera by Steam, Cornwall Classic and Devon Riviera & Cornish Coast.

 

 

West Highland Line - 'Harry Potter' & the Jacobite steam train

What a difference a film makes! Harry Potter has put it at the top of Scotland's 'must do' list! Experience travelling over Glenfinnan Vaduct on both our Highland Adventure and Queen of Scots tours.

 

 

The Settle & Carlisle line

A few years ago the UK's most famous rail journey, through wild Cumbrian hills, was nearly lost to the nation when it was threatened with closure. After a major publicity campaign, it was proven it was not necessary to replace the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct and today more people than ever now experience this amazing journey. Enjoy this route and more great rail journeys on our 'all rail' Lake District & Mountains Rail Roamer tour, plus our Augill Castle & The Yorkshire Dales and Langley Castle, Beamish & Hadrian's Wall Country Signature Tours.

 

 

Kyle of Lochalsh - The original 'Great Railway Journey of the World'

When I first made this journey over three decades ago, following Michael Palin's original 'Great Railway Journeys of The World' TV series, I fell in love with a railway journey!

Climb high above the tree line onto the great plateau through Achnashellach and Achnasheen, then descend for the coastal journey through Plockton into Kyle of Lochalsh, overlooking the Isle of Skye - simply the most memorable of rail journeys. Viewing the great herds of wild deer on the evening journey back to Inverness was the icing on the cake. You too can experience this most romantic of rail journeys on our short breaks Highland Rail Voyager and Highland Winter Wonderland holidays and on our Springtime Highlander, Queen of Scots and Romantic Highlander tours.

 

 

Welsh Highland Railway

Welsh Highland Railway

The newest of the UK's great rail journeys is the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarvon through the Aberglaslyn Pass, in the Snowdonia National Park. This narrow gauge line is the longest in Britain and whilst the trains may be small the vistas are immense; enjoy it - and many more lines - on our tour of Wonderful Wales.

UK & European Tours 2018

Award winning rail holidays in the UK and Europe. All departing in 2018

 

2018 Classic Cornwall Coast & Country

From Price: £595.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 21/06/2018
 

2018 Yorkshire Moors by Steam

From Price: £449.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 21/06/2018
 

2018 Swiss Glacier Express and the Bernina

From Price: £1,399.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 22/06/2018
 

2018 Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

From Price: £575.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 28/06/2018
 

2018 Wonderful Wales

From Price: £829.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 04/07/2018
 

2018 Isle of Man Explorer

From Price: £535.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 05/07/2018
 

2018 Highland Rail Voyager

From Price: £415.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 09/07/2018
 

2018 Harz Mountains Steam - the jewel of Germany

From Price: £1,025.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 14/07/2018
 

2018 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £585.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 15/07/2018
 

2018 Cornwall Coast to Coast & Poldark Country

From Price: £999.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 19/07/2018
 

The Grand Tour -Swedish Steam & Hanseatic Heritage

From Price: £2,895.00
Duration: 15 Days
Departure Date: 21/07/2018
 

2018 Big Five Mountain Railroad Adventure

From Price: £1,425.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 21/07/2018
 

2018 Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

From Price: £509.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 26/07/2018
 

2018 Fab Four Rhine Valley Rail Roamer

From Price: £615.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 27/07/2018
 

2018 Shakespeare's Severn

From Price: £495.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 02/08/2018
 

2018 Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

From Price: £509.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 23/08/2018
 

2018 Shakespeare's Severn

From Price: £495.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 23/08/2018
 

2018 Swiss Mountain Steam

From Price: £1,699.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 08/08/2018
 

2018 Devon Riviera by Steam

From Price: £379.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 03/09/2018
 

2018 Wonderful Wales

From Price: £829.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 03/09/2018
 

2018 Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

From Price: £509.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 06/09/2018
 

2018 Isle of Man Explorer

From Price: £535.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 06/09/2018
 

2018 Swiss Glacier Express and the Bernina

From Price: £1,399.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 07/09/2018
 

2018 The Orkney & Shetland Explorer

From Price: £1,255.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 08/09/2018
 

2018 Highland Adventure

From Price: £469.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 08/09/2018
 

2018 Classic Cornwall Coast & Country

From Price: £595.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 09/09/2018
 

2018 Jersey, Guernsey, Herm & Sark

From Price: £1,175.00
Duration: 9 Days
Departure Date: 10/09/2018
 

2018 Saxony Seven Steam & Rail Explorer

From Price: £1,525.00
Duration: 9 Days
Departure Date: 10/09/2018
 

2018 Burns Country, Arran & the Causeway Coast

From Price: £1,045.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 13/09/2018
 

2018 St Tropez, Monte Carlo & the Train des Pignes

From Price: £1,425.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 13/09/2018
 

2018 Barcelona, Carcassonne & the Catalan Coast

From Price: £1,425.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 14/09/2018
 

2018 Rhine Valley Railways Uncorked

From Price: £799.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 15/09/2018
 

2018 Harz Mountains Steam - the jewel of Germany

From Price: £1,025.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 15/09/2018
 

2018 Highland Rail Voyager

From Price: £415.00
Duration: 4 Days
Departure Date: 15/09/2018
 

2018 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £585.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 16/09/2018
 

2018 Swiss Mountain Steam

From Price: £1,699.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 19/09/2018
 

2018 The Grand Tour - Derry To Kerry

From Price: £1,675.00
Duration: 12 Days
Departure Date: 20/09/2018
 

2018 North Norfolk Coast, the Broads & Steam

From Price: £485.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 20/09/2018
 

2018 Big Five Mountain Railroad Adventure

From Price: £1,425.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 22/09/2018
 

2018 The Orkney & Shetland Explorer

From Price: £1,255.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 22/09/2018
 

2018 Dorset Coast & Isle of Wight Steam

From Price: £499.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 23/09/2018
 

2018 Romantic Highlander

From Price: £899.00
Duration: 6 Days
Departure Date: 24/09/2018
 

2018 The Grand Tour - Land's End to John O'Groats

From Price: £1,775.00
Duration: 12 Days
Departure Date: 25/09/2018
 

World War I Centenary & Somme Steam Gala

From Price: £795.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 27/09/2018
 

2018 Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

From Price: £575.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 27/09/2018
 

2018 Yorkshire Moors by Steam

From Price: £449.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 27/09/2018
 

2018 Hebridean Islands Discovery

From Price: £1,129.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 29/09/2018
 

2018 Inner Hebridean Island Hopper

From Price: £899.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 04/10/2018
 

2018 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £525.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 07/10/2018
 

Grand Tour - Golden Galloway & Glorious Grampians

From Price: £1,495.00
Duration: 10 Days
Departure Date: 08/10/2018
 

The Hungaria

From Price: £1,795.00
Duration: 11 Days
Departure Date: 11/10/2018
 

2018 Yorkshire Dales Steam, Rail & Ale Trail

From Price: £455.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 11/10/2018
 

2018 Devon Coast to Coast & West Somerset Steam

From Price: £799.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 18/10/2018
 

Scottish Steam Rail & Ale Trail

From Price: £565.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 18/10/2018
 

2019 The Grand Tour - Land's End to John O'Groats

From Price: £1,895.00
Duration: 12 Days
Departure Date: 10/09/2019
 

2018 Golden October in the Harz Mountains & More

From Price: £1,199.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Date: 02/10/2018
 

Golden October Austrian Steam Adventure

From Price: £1,895.00
Duration: 12 Days
Departure Date: 05/10/2018
 

Swanage Gala & Isle of Wight Steam Beer & Buses

From Price: £495.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 11/10/2018
 

Golden Highlander

From Price: £455.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 18/10/2018

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