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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. 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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North Yorkshire Moors
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4.0 stars(412 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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The Highlands by Steam
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2022JunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Isle of Man
4.6 stars(147 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands
3.6 stars(81 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Edinburgh
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Scottish Highlands
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2022MayJunSepOct
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Lighthouse at the Needles
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2022JulAugSep
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The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands
19/May
R Blackbourn
5 stars
“Very good trip, scenery lovely. Well organised one or two changes in hotels and visits but the holiday was pleasurable.
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Yorkshire by Steam
19/May
Shirley
5 stars
“The trip was well organised and executed, the tour guide was excellent always there to answer any questions.
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Loch Lomond & The Scottish Highlands
11/May
Colin Bones
5 stars
“Excellent tour with variety - Glasgow, amazing highland scenery & island visit. Hotels very good.
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Oban, Isle of Skye & The Sound of Mull
31 Oct 2021
Ms Edwards
5 stars
“Had a great time, food was lovely in all hotels, trips were very organised, we do fancy going on some trips that are abroad with rail discoveries and after the trip we have just been on would definitely book again with rail discoveries. Maggie our tour operator was very helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, very enjoyable trip.
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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam
18/May
Vic points
4 stars
“Great well organised holiday, David the guide worked his socks off to keep everybody happy. Would have preferred more downtime and less coach. Nice friendly crowd and hotel staff.
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The Isle of Man
18/May
Lin Gordon
4 stars
“The trip was very enjoyable, the tour manager, Renee, was great and the holiday very well organised. The hotel was basic 3 star, which was fine, and the staff there were lovely.
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Isle of Wight
8/Feb
Ms Patricia Ransford
4 stars
“Well organised enjoyable tour of beautiful island
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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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