Scenic Journeys of Britain

The pick of Britain's Scenic Journeys ... in which getting there is truly half the fun.


A generation ago, Britain's railways were almost consigned to history when, in a cost cutting exercise, the British Government foolishly closed thousands of stations and lines across the country. But some gems survived, and now rail travel grows more popular by the day. Many of these are among the more scenic journeys across Britain.

West Highland Railway, Scotland

One of the most popular and scenic train trips in Europe (and possibly the world), the West Highland Line links the major ports in Scotland to Glasgow, and takes just over 5 hours from one end to the other.

Coastal Britain

A selection of journeys travelling by rail or road alongside Britain's unique coastline. From shingle breaches and white chalk cliffs to ancient castles and historic naval dockyards.

Edinburgh - Dundee - Perth

Riding the rails from Edinburgh up the coast to Dundee, inland to Perth and then back to Edinburgh is one of the best ways of seeing much of what Scotland is about in a single day train journey.

Exeter to Penzance

Containing arguably the finest stretch of coastal mainline railway in Britain, the journey west from Devon's capital begins with the glorious stretch along the seawall through Dawlish and Teignmouth.

Llangollen Canal Boat

For over 100 years, visitors have enjoyed trips from Llangollen Wharf in Wales. Experience for yourself the pleasure of a horse drawn boat trip on the beautiful Llangollen Canal.

The Flying Scotsman

Britain's favourite steam locomotive takes its name from the express passenger train service that has operated between Edinburgh and London via the East Coast Main Line since 1862.

Canal Narrowboating

Boating journeys in England provide a great opportunity to discover the English countryside, whether you choose to explore a single waterway from a different perspective or to take a canal narrowboating cruise further afield.

TransPennine Express

Travel across the north of England by rail - from Liverpool on the east coast to Scarborough on the west coast - visiting industrial towns and cities that played a major role in, and were forever changed by, the Industrial Revolution.

Ferry to Europe

You can fly, drive, take the train, or take the car ferry when travelling from Britain to Europe. The fourth option - the ferry - is our preference. You can travel with or without a car, and have a choice of departure points and destinations.

Walks

Britain is home to some of the finest landscapes in Europe - from the Lake District to little trodden Welsh mountain massifs. So put on your walking books, pack your raincoat and start walking!

Lake District Cruising

The Lake District is one big outdoor adventure playground, with plenty of opportunities to relax and cruise its waters. There are four main bodies of water in the Lake District where you can enjoy a pleasant boat cruise.

Classic Steam

Travelling by steam train evokes a sense of nostalgia for Britain's great, pioneering railway past, combined with the simple delight of seeing an enormous plume of steam bursting from a train as it pulls out of a station.

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