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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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Explore Yorkshire by Rail
16/Apr
Mr Jay
5 stars
“Great holiday. Wonderful hotel. Superb days out on the coach.
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Loch Lomond & The Scottish Highlands
14 Oct 2023
Ian Whitfield
5 stars
“The tour apart from a problem with a Scotrail train was good despite inclement weather. Food at BW Crianlarich was excellent as were the staff made us all very welcome I’d give it 5 stars . Jacobite Train trip excellent despite the Scotch mist , also the Loch Lomond trip, and our coach Driver Brian was excellent. Last but not least our tour guide Gareth was excellent throughout the trip. In short a really good holiday and thanks to all involved in making it so. Regards Ian Whitfield
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Isle of Wight
12 Oct 2023
Anonymous
5 stars
“Did what it said on the tin
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The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands
11 Aug 2023
Judith Sercombe
5 stars
“A well organized trip with an exceptional tour manager. Plenty of interesting places to see along with amazing scenery. Hotels stays were very comfortable excluding the Murcure in Edinburgh. Several issues with the lift and plumbing. The walk from the station was prolonged and difficult. Otherwise a fantastic trip and thoroughly enjoyed.
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The Isle of Man
30 Oct 2023
Jon
4 stars
“An interesting and well organised trip. It was quite often possible to ‘do my own thing’ rather than follow the planned itinerary in every detail. The hotel was comfortable and the food varied between good and excellent. It was very helpful to have pre-paid tickets for all public transport and many museums etc. The Isle of Man is scenically varied and the trams and railways are delightful.
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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam
18 Oct 2023
Mrs Ann Lawson
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“Lots of trains, some disappointments (beyond our tour manager's control). Rail strikes, broken funicular and Flying Scotsman shunt). But most trips salvaged and a good time was had.
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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.