There is something undeniably romantic about travelling by rail around Britain. Perhaps it is the grand architecture of our historic railway stations, the beautiful scenes of rolling countryside or the quaint villages passing by the window. Whatever the reason, journeying by train adds a real sense of adventure to any trip and is the most picturesque and relaxing way to discover the real Britain. A fast rail network and frequent services allow you to travel from London to Scotland within 4hrs 30mins.
A selection of Bucket-List Rail Journeys:
ENGLAND - SETTLE to CARLISLE
Ride the train north from the bustling market town of Settle to the historic city of Carlisle through the woodlands, rivers and open heather moors of the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines. Full of great valleys and waterfalls, this trip is ideal for hiking or biking. Look out for the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct that this railway line passes over and which you might recognise as the Hogwarts Express route from the Harry Potter films. From Manchester the train journey to Settle is 2hrs 15mins and then the train from Settle to Carlisle is approximately 2hrs 30mins with stops en route for food and activities.
SCOTLAND - FORT WILLIAM to MALLAIG
The Fort William to Mallaig line crosses the Western Highlands of Scotland and is considered to be one of the world’s greatest railway lines. From the great peak of Ben Nevis to the vast expanses of Loch Morar and Loch Nevis, on all sides you are surrounded by some of Scotland’s most famous natural landmarks. Take the sleeper overnight train from London to Fort William and enjoy a hearty breakfast as you cross Rannoch Moor. Then from Fort William, take the Mallaig train, which carries you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct and on to Morar where Local Hero and Highlander were filmed.
WALES - BLAENAU FFESTINIOG to PORTHMADOG
Traverse the mountainous countryside of the Snowdonia National Park on a steam railway journey to remember. The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways will carry you in comfort and style through ancient woodlands. Porthmadog is the ideal place to begin exploring one of Wales’ most magnificent National Parks. Catch the train from here up into the mountains to the centre of Snowdonia. Here you can go hiking, fishing, kayaking or trampolining in a cave at Bounce Below. You can also visit the fastest zipline in the world, Zipworld.
Explore Britain by rail with Tempo's Great Britain Superbreaks! The flexible nature of Superbreaks allows a package to be tailor-made to your client’s needs. Choose a preferred location in regional Britain and utilise the included rail pass to explore the local area. Each package can be confirmed instantaneously and passengers have complete control of the program. For the first time, visitors can go off the beaten path without hassle.