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Suggested Day to Day Itinerary:
ARRIVAL INTO EDINBURGH
Day 1 Start in Edinburgh Day free. Overnight: Edinburgh
Optional Day tour: St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Day Tour St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Day Tour A day out with lots of free time in the medieval city of St. Andrews, home of golf, and the picturesque old fishing villages in the East Neuk (corner) of the Kingdom of Fife. The magic of this place, world famous for its University and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, stems from both of these institutions. St. Andrews has existed from prehistoric times as a fishing village and market town. We recommend this tour for those who love coastal scenery, golden sandy beaches and all the royal history of St. Andrews, home of Golf and Scotland’s oldest University. There’s time for shopping too.
DAY 2 - PERTH AND PITLOCHRY
Today, catch the train to Perth, across the Forth Estuary, travelling on the famous Forth Rail Bridge. During your journey you will see beautiful coastal and inland scenery. You can store your luggage at Perth Railway Station while you explore this small city, which was once the capital city of Scotland. With accommodation in Pitlochry, jump back on the train and make the short journey to this charming highland town, the gateway to the highlands. For whisky lovers, why not visit Blair Athol Whisky Distillery this afternoon, which is located a short walk from the main street in Pitlochry, to learn more about whisky and sample the national drink of Scotland? Overnight: Pitlochry Train journey time: appr. 1 hour 45 minutes
DAY 3 - INVERNESS AND LOCH NESS
Today take a morning train to Inverness and spend the afternoon exploring the city they call the Capital of the Highlands. Enjoy the circular walk from Inverness Castle along the river and through the Ness Islands. Time permitting take the free shuttle bus from the Tourist Information centre at Bridge Street, which takes you to Loch Ness pier.
Optional Day Tour: The Complete Loch Ness Experience - 1 day tour
Your ultimate Loch Ness adventure. Travel the full length of the loch, explore frothy waterfalls and visit cozy villages. No one can resist the mythical Loch Ness: its beauty evokes a sense of wonder, while its monstrous depths are legendary.
And on this tour, you explore all of it. You can enjoy incredible views from a cruise, learn about the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle and explore the less frequented south roads of the loch.
And even if the monster doesn't show up, we can assure you that your guide will bring this loch to life with intriguing tales and history.
Overnight: Inverness Train journey time: appr. 1 hour 35 minutes
DAY 4 - HIGHLAND SCENERY
Today take the train for the 2 hour 40 minute journey to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast of Scotland, along one of the most scenic railway routes in the world! Arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh and board the local bus service, which will take you across Skye Bridge and onto the Isle of Skye or the ‘Misty Isle’ as it is called. Overnight: Isle of Skye area Train journey time: appr. 2 hours 40 minutes
DAY 5 - DAY ON THE ISLE OF SKYE
Free day for exploring the Isle of Skye by coach or you may want to visit the Clan Donald Centre near Armadale to learn more about the Lords of the Isles and the clan system. Or if you’d like to venture further why not hire bicycles to explore the rest of the island? Overnight: Isle of Skye area
DAY 6 – MALLAIG AND HARRY POTTER VIADUCT
Today you will catch the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig, back on the mainland. This beautiful little town is the gateway to the Western Isles. In the afternoon board the train to Fort William, on the route described as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. Along the way, you will cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, which was featured in the Harry Potter films. Check into your hotel or B&B in the Fort William area. Overnight: Fort William area Train journey time: appr. 1 hour 20 minutes
DAY 7 - GLASGOW SIGHTSEEING
Depart in the morning by train to Glasgow, enjoying a scenic rail journey across Rannoch Moor and along Loch Lomond. In the afternoon spend some time discovering this vibrant and stylish city, with its various galleries and shops. The open top bus tour is highly recommended as it will take you round the main sights. Overnight: Glasgow Train journey time: appr. 4 hours
DAY 8 – DEPART
Today you will leave Glasgow from Glasgow Airport, or take the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh and fly out of Edinburgh airport.
LONDON & EDINBURGH
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Combine two capital cities by rail – spend time in cosmopolitan London and historic Edinburgh, with day trips to experience even more.
Included in the package: • 4 nights accommodation in 3 / 4 star properties, in rooms with private bath • Breakfast daily – English, Scottish or Continental - depending on accommodation provider (4 in total) • A one way rail ticket from London to Edinburgh, in standard class • VAT at the current rate of 20% • Two day tours – one in London, and one in Edinburgh
Accommodation in: • 2 nights – London • 2 nights – Edinburgh
DAY 1 - ARRIVE INTO LONDON Arrive at a London airport and make your way to your hotel to check in. Depending on your flight arrival, you may have time to explore the exciting capital city this afternoon. Overnight: London
DAY 2 - DAY TOUR (Pick one) Bath, Avebury & Lacock Village - 1 day tour: Discover the beauty of a vanished world at the standing stones of Avebury; and explore the classically elegant city of Bath, on this history packed journey.
Shakespeare’s Stratford–upon–Avon - 1 day tour: Follow in the footsteps of England’s favourite playwright on this trip to inspirational Stratford-upon-Avon.
DAY 3 - TRAIN TO EDINBURGH Catch a train from London to Edinburgh and enjoy the scenic journey across the border to Scotland to discover Edinburgh on arrival. Overnight: Edinburgh Train journey time: appr. 4 hours and 20 minutes
DAY 4 - DAY TOUR (choose 1) St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife - 1 day tour: An ancient university, breathtaking medieval ruins, and quaint coastal villages, all rolled into one great adventure through the ancient kingdom of Fife.
Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands - 1 day tour
Myths, monsters, and mountains: this tour is the best way to see ‘Scotland in a day’.
DAY 5 - DEPART EDINBURGH Tour ends in Edinburgh.
Train Travel in Wales
NEWPORT/CARDIFF/SWANSEA/ CARMARTHEN/TENBY/LLANELI/ LLANDRIDOD You can visit all of these areas by train: Caerleon Roman Museum and Fort – Newport Tredegar House and Park Newport Cyfarthfa Castle – Merthyr Tydfil 3 miles Museum of Welsh Life (St Fagans) – Cardiff Central 3 miles National Museum of Wales (Cathays) – Cardiff Central Gower – Swansea Caerphilly Tenby
Day 1 – LONDON/CARDIFF Train from London Paddington to Cardiff (2 hours). Head for the art collection at the National Museum & Gallery, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist works. Explore Caerphilly Castle, the second largest castle in Britain. Built in the late 13th century, the fortress is a supreme example of the concentric “walls within walls” system of defense. The castle’s only sign of weakness is its famous leaning tower (which out-leans the tower at Pisa). Overnight at Park Inn Cardiff or Hilton.
Day 2 – SWANSEA Many different experiences are available. The city of Swansea is the birthplace of movie star Catherine Zeta Jones and poet Dylan Thomas. The nearby Gower Peninsula has some spectacular coastal scenery including the view from the village of Rhossili, with its fabulous sunsets. Overnight at Park Inn Cardiff or Aberavon Beach Hotel .
Day 3 – TENBY Tenby, a town in Pembrokeshire lying on Carmarthen Bay, probably originated as a Viking settlement. Attractions include the 13th-century town walls, the Five Arches barbican, the 15th-century St. Mary’s Church, and the Tudor Merchant’s House. Boats sail from Tenby’s harbor to Caldey Island, where perfumes are made. Another option: Visit the open-air Museum of Welsh Life at St. Fagans, with its carefully restored buildings and exhibits on Welsh culture. Overnight at Park Inn Cardiff or Hilton .
Day 4 – CAERLON ROMAN CAMP Follow the path of Romans, Normans and Cistercian monks along the border of Wales – fought over by the Celts and Anglo-Saxons and romanticized by Turner and Wordsworth. Visit Caerleon Roman fort, with its baths and amphitheater – believed to have become one of legendary King Arthur’s courts. Take the train back to London.
CHESTER/LLANDUDNO/ BETWS-Y-COED/BLAENAU FFESTINIOG/ BANGOR/WREXHAM You can visit all of these areas by train: Ffestiniog Railway – Blaenau Ffestiniog Great Orme – Llandudno Llechwedd Slate Caverns – Blaenau Ffestiniog Betws-y-Coed
Day 1 – LONDON/CHESTER Take the train from London to Manchester (approx. 21/4 hours) and to Chester, the walled city. The best place to start is the Chester Cathedral. Then walk along the walls of Chester and toward the Eastgate clock. This is the perfect vantage point from which to observe the busy town. QUEEN HOTEL
Day 2 – LLANDUDNO/CONWY Llandudno, Wales’ largest resort with two wonderful beaches, has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendor, despite its modern attractions. Taken as a whole, Conwy is incomparably the most magnificent of Edward I’s Welsh fortresses. Conwy railway station is next to the castle. Empire or Castle Conwy
Day 3 – LLECHWEDD SLATE CAVERNS/ BLAENAU FFESTINIOG The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world. You can travel by steam through the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia National Park. Blaenau Ffestiniog was once the capital of the slate quarrying industry. Now, one of the old quarries has been turned into a major tourist attraction. You can take the Miner’s Tramway into the side of the mountain and into a succession of spectacular chambers where a miner describes the working of the mine. Empire or Castle Conwy
Day 4 – BETWS-Y-COED Return by way of charming Betws-y-Coed, North Wales’ most popular inland resort. It is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of Snowdonia National Park. Visitors to Betws-y-Coed will hear the locals speak Welsh. Take the train to London.
Longer stays and additional hotel nights are available. You make your train
reservations as you go along. They are not booked in advance. Travel where and
when you please.
Some of our favorite scenic routes:
Scenic Routes Scenic Rail Routes in Britain- a Must See! Take in Britain's beauty from the comfort of your seat! There are many rail lines in Britain worth the trip just for the scenery. To fully enjoy them, all should be traversed in daylight hours. Remember, during the summer in the north of England and Scotland daylight ends around 10 PM, which gives you extra hours for touring!
Scotland - Scotland travels. Scotland possesses some of the most magnificent scenic rail journeys in the world. We particularly recommend these routes:
Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
The Far North Line - Inverness to Wick/Thurso to catch ferries to the Orkney Islands
West Highland Line - Glasgow to Oban, Fort William or Mallaig
Perth to Inverness
Glasgow to Stranraer - for the ferries to Northern Ireland
Edinburgh to Dundee
Newcastle to Edinburgh
|USING EDINBURGH AS YOUR HUB CITY:|
|Our suggestions include:|
|Glasgow||50 minutes||Every 15 minutes|
|Stirling||50 minutes||Every 30 minutes|
|Oban||4 hours||4 per day|
|Aberdeen||2 ½ hours||Hourly|
|USING GLASGOW AS YOUR HUB CITY:|
|Our suggestions include:|
|Stirling||30 minutes||2 per hour Q|
|Perth||1 hour||Hourly Q|
|Oban||3 hours||3 per day Q|
|Fort William||3 ¾ hours||4 per day Q|
|Edinburgh||50 minutes||Every 15 minutes Q|
|Ayr||1 hour||2 per hour C|
|Inverness||3 ½ hours||Every 2 hours Q|
|Q=Glasgow Queen Street Station C=Glasgow Central Station|
2020 Train Tickets
We sell train tickets only in conjunction with other arrangements. Choose your route here: BritRail Map The fares shown below offer the luxury of unrestricted travel to allow for stopovers en route, and are available only outside of the United Kingdom. Prices in US Dollars, one way.
Rates depend upon how far in advance you book. This are the rates for booking more than 3 months in advance
North Country England's North Country is a secret well kept with an abundance of wonderful scenery. Enjoy one of these journeys:
Settle and Carlisle Line The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.
Middlesborough to Whitby
Manchester to Sheffield Newcastle to Carlisle
Preston to Carlisle
Leeds to York via Harrogate
East Anglia & Central England
Norwich to Sheringham
Norwich to Lowestoft
Ipswich to Lowestoft
Ely to Norwich
Oxford to Hereford
West Country Unique rugged coastlines interspersed with seaside towns and villages are the trademark of a trip through Devon and Cornwall.
Exeter to Penzance
Liskeard to Looe
Truro to Falmouth
St Erth to St Ives
Bristol to Weymouth
Salisbury to Exeter
Bristol, Bath, & Beyond Stay Some suggested days out from Bristol, which can be taken by train. Day 1 Spend the day in Bristol today visiting the sites and soaking up the atmosphere in some of the many cafes, bars, and restaurants. Day 2 Visit another country today - Wales! Head north west to cross the Severn Bridge into Wales and to the capital, Cardiff, steeped in history and a vibrant developing city. Day 3 Head north into the Cotswolds today to visit the elegant spa town of Cheltenham (just 40 mins. by train), renowned for its Regency architecture, stylish shopping, colourful parks, music and literature festivals. Day 4 Today, it's a day in the Roman city of Bath. Drive or take the train (only 10 mins.). Visit the Roman Baths which are over 2000 years old, Bath Abbey, the Pump Rooms, and indulge at the new Thermae Bath Spa (state of the art treatment facilities isituated in the old Bath buildings with open air heated rooftop pool overlooking this gorgeous city.Visit Bath's numerous antique shops, boutiques, and stop for lunch and/or tea at one of the city's cafes or restaurants.
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England & Scotland 2 week ITINERARY
England & Wales 1 week ITINERARY
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