Rail Tours

UK Train Tours 2019/2020

Those seeking a getaway closer to home will enjoy one of our tours of the United Kingdom or the Emerald Isle. From London's famous sights, to the stark landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, the UK offers a wealth of fascinating experiences, whilst Ireland's Ring of Kerry and west coast enchant with verdant countryside, welcoming villages and hearty food and drink. 

Stunning coastlines, ancient mountains, and magnificent cities - all of this and much more lie on your doorstep in the wonderful countries that make up the Great British Isles and stunning Ireland. Discover them both from the most exciting vantage point - on board some of their most incredible railway lines.

Discover the wealth of beauty just outside your door on an exception tour around the Great British Isles. From God’s Own County of Yorkshire, where the rolling hills and stunning scenes are best seen on board a nostalgic steam train, to the quaint personality of the Isle of Man, filled with numerous rail experiences. There is a plethora to see and do in England, Scotland, and Wales, so have a look at some of our fabulous tours below.

Some of our greatest rail adventures can be found on our doorstep. The UK is full of fantastic experiences, uncovering the culture and history of a nation of beauty and intrigue. Discover castles, mountains, railways and more with these latest additions to our UK collection of escorted rail tours. Take a look at the links below for more information.

With spectacular locations across the UK, sometimes the perfect holiday is closer than you think! Our comprehensive range of short breaks across England, Wales and Scotland whisk you away to the fantastic destinations up and down the four nations, uncovering thriving cities, marvellous railway journeys, and magnificent mountains and lochs. With the excellent inclusive nature of our tours, you can be sure that these short getaways offer true value for money, featuring handpicked experiences, comfortable hotels and fabulous meals.

Discover the rugged moors and spectacular coastlines of Yorkshire by rail. Or, perhaps the meandering waterways of Norfolk tickles your fancy? You could even take a royal visit to Sandringham, favourite retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, where you can explore the stunning house and acres of land. Or, you may prefer the chance to enjoy the breathtaking, UNESCO-listed Lake District in all of its glory! Wherever you want to explore in the UK, make sure you do it with Rail Discoveries.

From rugged coastlines, wild moorlands and shimmering lakes to cosmopolitan cities filled with vibrant life and culture, the Great British Isles are filled with ancient landscapes and world-famous landmarks. There’s a wealth of beauty to be discovered across the UK.

Europe & the Great British Isles 2020

Save up to £100 per booking on selected 2020 European & UK holidays when you book on or before 15th October 2019

UK Late Departures

Great British Escapes

Late Escapes departing September and October 2019

Majestic lochs, glens, and idyllic castles lie in wait in the Scottish Highlands, while a slower pace of life is the order of the day on the Isle of Man. Or why not explore the historic steam railways of North Wales? There’s still time for a 2019 getaway in the Great British Isles, so get in touch today and discover these destinations the Great Rail way.

Yorkshire by Steam

5 days from £415PP
Departing 13/10/2019, 14/10/2019, 27/10/2019

Lakes and Dales by Steam

5 days from £395PP
Departing 28/10/2019

Norwich & Norfolk

5 days from £405PP
Departing 10/10/2019

Scottish Highlands

7 days from £675PP
Departing 27/10/2019

Lumley Castle & Durham

6 days from £695PP
Departing 29/09/2019

Captivating Cornwall

5 days from £595PP
Departing 29/09/2019

Rail Tours In The UK

Looking for something closer to home? Discover what lies just beyond your doorstep. Local food and home grown beauty in the UK and Ireland.

Unspoiled isles of scilly

The Unspoilt Isles of Scilly

6 Days from £1,095PP

Journey to a hidden treasure of the British Isles, an archipelago off the Cornish coast boasting azure seas and almost tropical climes. By overnight sleeper train from London, discover the glorious Islands of Scilly.

Yorkshire by Steam

Yorkshire by Steam

5 Days from £375PP

Discover glorious Yorkshire, from the edge of the rugged Dales to its spectacular coastline, via the majestic North York Moors. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country and scenic railway journeys.

Isle of Man

Isle of Man

6 Days from £620PP

A superb tour to the charming Isle of Man, with three full days of varied excursions to the island's old fashioned towns, pretty fishing ports and breathtakingly picturesque coastline on the different historic railways.


Vintage isle of man

Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man

6 Days from £790

The Isle of Man is famous for its stunning coastline, superb sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. This charming island also boasts some of the most impressive heritage railways found anywhere in the British Isles, not to mention the historic horse-drawn trams.

Bath West Country

Cotswolds & the Severn Valley

5 days from £395PP

Discover glorious Worcester and its host of nearby attractions on this superb holiday, enjoying wonderful journeys on heritage railways including the Warwickshire Railway.

Bath West Country

Bath and the West Country

5 Days from £465PP

Discover delightful Somerset on this superb holiday. Visit Brunel's SS Great Britain, admire the West Country's charming countryside on the UK's longest heritage railway and explore Bath and historic Wells.


Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

5 Days from £445PP

A wonderful five-day holiday to the striking Isle of Wight. With half of the island designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', this tour takes in the very best of its charms.

Channel Islands

The Charms of the Channel Islands

9 Days from £1,250PP

The stunning Channel Islands dot the sea between England's south coast and France, and boast some of the most beautiful beaches that the U.K. has to offer. Discover the turbulent histories and the incredible scenery of Guernsey and Jersey.

Jersey Dorset Coast

Jersey and the Dorset Coast

8 Days from £945PP

Begin your holiday with a trip on a heritage railway line before crossing the Channel to the beautiful island of Jersey. Explore its heritage and enjoy plenty of time to explore, on this wonderful Channel Island tour.

Grand Tour of the UK

Grand Tour of the UK

14 days from £2,695 per person

Imbued with centuries of history and culture, the UK is one of the most rewarding nations to travel around. Explore the length and breadth of Britain on this outstanding tour of the island. Discover ancient attractions, modern cities and wild landscapes from the rugged Rannoch Moor to the inspiring Stonehenge.

London & The Royal Windsor Steam Express

London & The Royal Windsor Steam Express

5 days from £770 per person

Spend 4 days getting under the skin of the English capital on this inclusive London city break. Enjoy 4-Star accommodation in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, meet with a Yeoman from the Tower of London, and ride the Royal Windsor Steam Express Train whilst sipping a chilled glass of Champagne.

The Harrogate Flower Show

The Harrogate Flower Show

6 days from £550 per person

On this horticulture-themed tour, we spend a day at the fabulous Harrogate Flower Show, travel across the North York Moors to Whitby by heritage steam railway and visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

Explore the beauty of the Scottish Coast

Julie Walters has sprung onto our screens with her fabulous ‘Coastal Railways’ series, taking us the length of Great Britain on board some of the most spectacular scenic lines that Scotland, England, and Wales have to offer. From the misty Scottish Highlands to the beautiful colours of the Welsh Coast and more, follow in Julie’s footprints with Rail Discoveries superb collection of Scottish coastal tours.

Grand tour scotland

Grand Tour of Scotland

10 days from £2,495PP

Immerse yourself in the culture and majesty of the Scottish Highlands. You take in the rugged landscapes on two of the UK's most famous train lines; the West Highland Line and the Jacobite. You also visit Loch Ness and castles that transport you through the history of this region.

Western Highlands

Western Highlands & Hebrides

9 days from £1,360PP

Discover the incredibly picturesque Western Highlands and the rugged, breathtaking coastal islands which lie off Scotland's western coast. This tour takes us on some of the world's most scenic railway journeys as part of a truly memorable exploration of the Highlands.

Edinburgh Highlands

Edinburgh, The Highlands & Islands

Explore the highlands of Scotland

9 Days from £1,375PP

Majestic lochs and glens lie in wait as we cross Edinburgh and the Highlands and visit historic castles and the Isle of Mull. We travel through the West Highlands and Cairngorms on this fabulous round trip climaxing with a 'Scottish Evening' on Edinburgh's stately Royal Mile.


Highland adventur

Highland Adventure

5 days from £595PP

Take in a stunning, unspoilt region by rail. Breathtaking scenery and fantastic journeys by mainline and steam railways; this tour takes in the very best of northern Scotland from our base in Inverness - the gateway to your Highland adventure.

Edinburgh Tattoo

Edinburgh Tattoo

5 days from £695PP

Experience the spectacle of marching bands when you visit the Edinburgh Tattoo by train, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting the trip, witness incredible lochs, glens and mountains as we explore the West Highlands.

Outer Hebrides Highlands

The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands

Enjoy an adventure to Scotland's idyllic Outer Hebrides

8 Days from £1,395PP

Enjoy an adventure to Scotland's idyllic Outer Hebrides and The Highlands on a tour that takes in two of the UK's most famous train lines, the West Highland and the Jacobite, as well as time in Stornoway and Isle of Barra.

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

7 Days from £645PP

Travel to the heart of the Scottish Highlands and take in the marvellous lochs and glens as you travel by train on the superb West Highland Line and cruise Loch Lomond.

Highlands by Steam

The Highlands by Steam

6 Days from £595PP

Experience Edinburgh before exploring the lochs, mountains and glens of Perthshire and the Cairngorms on spectacular mainline and steam railways from the pretty Perthshire village of Blair Atholl.

West Highlands Skye

West Highlands & Skye

6 days from £560PP

From the proud city of Glasgow, make the exciting journey through the mesmerising scenery of the Scottish Highlands on one of the world's great railways, before visiting the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Edinburgh Highlands

A Castle on the Shores of Loch Fyne

7 Days from £1080PP

Set in idyllic, undiscovered surroundings overlooking picturesque Loch Fyne, a 19th century Baronial Castle awaits you on this magnificent tour. Cruise the open waters to the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, explore nearby Oban and Inveraray.

Autumn Highlands

Enchanting Autumn Colours of the Highlands

6 Days from £665PP

Become bewitched by the sparkling beauty of Scotland, on a trip that will enthrall the eyes in the wilds of this wonderful country. From your base in Pitlochry, discover some of the Highland's most wonderful scenes and castles, on a delightful adventure that showcases the best of the country in the autumn season.

Scotland Ireland

The Best of Scotland and Ireland

13 Days from £2,695PP

Three of the British Isles most scenic countries combine on a tour that showcases the best of these Celtic beauties. Beginning in Scotland, explore the majestic Highlands and its most incredible cities, before venturing over to Northern Ireland and the rest of the Emerald Isle, a land of incredible culture and tradition.

St Andrews

St Andrews & Royal Deeside

6 Days from £865PP

Immerse yourself in the rich royal heritage of Scotland on this remarkable tour. Visit the former yacht of Queen Elizabeth II, explore historic castles, delight in a nostalgic journey on the Royal Deeside Railway and discover the idyllic coastal town of St Andrews.

Explore the beauty of Cornwall

Julie Walters has sprung onto our screens with her fabulous ‘Coastal Railways’ series, taking us the length of Great Britain on board some of the most spectacular scenic lines that Scotland, England, and Wales have to offer. Why not follow in her tracks, and venture on board the trains she travelled on, on a fantastic Great Rail Journeys holiday? Yesterday, Cornwall was the focus, so explore the magnificent Cornwall coast on our marvellous tours below.

Coastal Cornwall

Coastal Cornwall & its Captivating Gardens

Discover Cornwall's picturesque resorts

6 Days from £895PP

Discover the very best of Cornwall as we explore this beguiling county. From our base in picturesque Falmouth, we encounter Cornwall's charming harbours and fabled Land's End, we discover the enthralling Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Cornwall Flower Show

Cornwall Spring Flower Show

From the Eden Project to the Heligan's lost gardens

5 Days from £595PP

Usher in the spring season on this colourful flower-filled tour. From our beautiful woodland base in St Austell, we visit the Cornwall Flower Show, see the famous Eden Project and Heligan, and explore the Cornish countryside by heritage train.

Captivating Cornwall

Captivating Cornwall

5 Days from £495 per person

One of the proudest regions in England, discover just what makes Cornwall so captivating to those who visit. Enjoy the history, the amazing natural landscapes, and two rail journeys from your base in Lostwithiel.


Discover the Coastal Railways of Wales

Railways of Wales

Railways of Wales

6 Days from £495 per person

Julie Walters has sprung onto our screens with her fabulous ‘Coastal Railways’ series, taking us the length of Great Britain. Why not follow in Julie's footsteps and enjoy a fantastic tour of North Wales, based in charming Llandudno. From here we discover the historic steam railways and impressive castles found along the coastline of this beautiful and mountainous region of Wales.

Railways Castles of Wales

Railways & Castles of Wales

6 days from £699PP

Enjoy a fantastic tour of North Wales, based in charming Llandudno. From here we explore the historic steam railways and impressive castles found along the coastline of this beautiful and mountainous region of Wales.

Railways mid wales

Valleys & Railways of Mid-Wales

5 days from £590PP

From picturesque coastline to rolling hills, explore the very heart of the renowned Welsh countryside on this exciting tour. Enjoy classic heritage railway journeys along some of the country's oldest lines and roll through the stunning scenery that Wales has become synonymous with.


Rail tours in England

Yorkshire Northumberland

Yorkshire & Northumberland

8 days from £945PP

Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria on this wonderful eight day tour. Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps, visiting historic York, Chester's Roman Fort, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne and the glorious Alnwick Gardens.

Isle of Scilly

The Isle of Scilly

7 days from £1,695PP

The enchanting Isles of Scilly await on this stunning tour. Explore the Islands, surrounded by azure waters, and filled with a magical variety of gardens, towns, and beaches, and enjoy a trip on the St Ives Bay Line.

Dawlish Coast

South Devon & the Dawlish Coast

5 Days from £495PP

Experience the English Riviera at its very best aboard two heritage railways, a river cruise and a journey along the Dawlish Coast by rail. Torquay provides the perfect base, set among seven green hills and famous for its grand Victorian villas and terraces gazing out to sea.


Nowrich Norfolk

Norwich & Norfolk

5 days from £405PP

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage railways of Norfolk. Based in historic Norwich, this rural getaway takes in the North Norfolk Coast, the royal residence of Sandringham and quaint market towns.

Nowrich Norfolk

Yorkshire Dales & Moors

5 days from £665PP

Enjoy an immersive visit to 'God's Own County' as we explore Yorkshire. Discover the charms of the Yorkshire moors, enjoy local cuisine, and embark on two incredible heritage railway journeys on this exclusive tour of Yorkshire.

Lakes and Dales by steam

Lakes and Dales by Steam

5 Days from £395 per person

From your base in Carlisle, travel on three incredible railway lines, and enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the spectacular north of England, including the world-famous and UNESCO-listed Lake District.

Rail tours in Ireland

Emerald Isle

The Enchanting Emerald Isle

10 days from £1,495PP

Rugged coastline, beautiful rolling hills and dramatic castles are all within reach on this tour of the Emerald Isle. Our highlights include the Ring of Kerry, Cork and Killarney, the legendary Blarney Stone, the Cliffs of Moher and Ireland's wonderful capital, Dublin.

Giants Causeway

The Giant's Causeway & Ireland's Northwest

10 days from £1,610PP

Enjoy the fantastic landscapes of Ireland's north and west on a tour packed with excursions. We visit the iconic Giant's Causeway, the Connemara Coast and vibrant Dublin. Awash with locations that capture the essence of Ireland, this tour is a great place to start as a newcomer to the Emerald Isle.

Grand tour ireland

The Grand Tour Of Ireland

14 Days from £3,245PP

Take in Ireland's famous scenery, vibrant cities and wealth of history on a premium tour of Ireland. With the Giant's Causeway, Dublin and Belfast, you really get an authentic taste of the Emerald Isle. Our destination hotels, including Lough Eske Castle are some of the best hotels in Ireland, adding an extra touch of luxury to this exquisite tour.


Tour Information:

The Giant's Causeway and Irelands North West - Norwich & Norfolk - Yorkshire by Steam - Norwich & Norfolk Broads - The Isle of Man - Cotswolds & Severn Valley - A Castle on the Shores of Loch Fyne - Highlands by Steam


Often, it’s easy to ignore the beauty that lies beyond our doorstep, and Great Britain boasts some truly splendid sights. There’s history and culture galore, from the Victorian-era horse-drawn trams of the Isle of Man and Wales’ wonderfully preserved 13th-century Conwy Castle, to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, famous for its religious heritage and unique tidal causeway. Then there’s the natural delights, including the Scilly Isles’ subtropical Tresco Abbey Gardens, and the remote, wild Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.