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Britain's Coastal Railways

Actor Julie Walters is back on our screens in a fantastic new series: Coastal Railways with Julie Walters. 

Britain's Coastal Railways

Actor Julie Walters rides the UK's most beautiful coastal railways, from Scotland to Cornwall.

Actor Julie Walters is back on our screens in a fantastic new series: Coastal Railways with Julie Walters. Join the 'Calendar Girls' actor as she ventures the length of England, Scotland, and Wales, on board some of the most spectacular scenic lines that the countries have to offer. Along the way, meet the communities, towns, and cities that enliven the places through which the lines travel.

Start the journey in Scotland, where you discover the glorious West Highland and Kyle Lines. Travel over the incredible Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous for being a filming location in 'Harry Potter', which Julie Walters also starred in, and travel on to Skye, delighting in the stunning scenes that Scotland has to offer along the way.

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Yorkshire by Steam

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.

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5 days from £349 pp

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The Isle of Man

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.

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6 days from £659 pp

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The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides on a tour that takes in Stornoway and the Jacobite steam train.

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8 days from £1,179 pp

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Oban, Isle of Skye & The Sound of Mull

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 and embarking on a scenic cruise on the Sound of Mull.

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6 days from £549 pp

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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise

This fantastic five-night cruise through the heart of the Highlands begins in Edinburgh before we board our ship for a journey along the rugged coastline of Scotland's west coast to the unspoilt beauty of the Isle of Mull. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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7 days from £1,595 pp

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The Jurassic Coast By Steam

From your base in Bournemouth, discover the charms of Dorset and Hampshire, including the fascinating eras of natural and cultural history on display here.

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5 days from £399 pp

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The Scottish Highlands

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

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6 days from £579 pp

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The Highlands by Steam

Experience vibrant Edinburgh before exploring the lochs, mountains and glens of Perthshire and the Cairngorms on Scotland's spectacular railways.

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6 days from £599 pp

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Isle of Wight

Experience a wonderful 5-day holiday to the striking Isle of Wight. With half the island designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', this tour takes in the very best of its scenic charms.

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5 days from £469 pp

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In later weeks, Julie will explore England, including the magnificent East Coast Line that takes travellers from the industrial city of Newcastle all the way through the utterly magnificent Northumberland coastline, and on to ancient Edinburgh. Enjoy the sight of the wild and windy countryside on this episode, and watch out for the incredible Royal Border Bridge that utterly epitomises 19th century railway engineering.

In Devon and Cornwall, travel along the scenic St Erth to St Ives Line, looking for the magnificent Carbis Bay. This idyllic bay is famed for its pristine sand and almost Mediterranean looking azure sea, and the view from the train is excellent. The Royal National Lifeguard Institute is also on the agenda here, as Julie experiences the incredible service that these men and women do for their country every day.

Finally, discover Wales, and its myriad of railways, both steam and non, that take you through the verdant valleys and along its atmospheric coast. Thanks to the growth of Welsh economy during the Industrial age, the railways here are amongst some of the oldest in the world. In this episode, Julie also travels along the Talyllyn Railway, which inspired the beloved children's book, Thomas the Tank Engine.

If you would like to follow in the tracks of Julie Walters, why not take a look at some of our fantastic range of UK holidays below?

In episode 2 Julie travels from Newcastle to Edinburgh, via the coastal town of Alnmouth. Episode 3 covers Cornwall and Devon, and in episode 4, Julie travels from Cardigan Bay in Wales to Liverpool.

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