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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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Scottish Highlands
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The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands
4/Oct
C Clark
5 stars
“GREAT TRIP GIVING GOOD VALUE WHICH WAS VERY WELL ORGANISED BY TOUR LEADER
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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam
30/Sep
Kathy
5 stars
“Amazing scenery with a fantastic guide.
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Yorkshire by Steam
28/Sep
A Cleary
5 stars
“This was an excellent Tour in every way. Hotel was spacious and comfortable, the food was delicious and the service prompt and efficient in the dining-room. We would like to compliment our Tour Manager, Cath, on looking after us so well. The tour guide in York was also most informative and interesting. It was a little disappointing that we didn't manage a ride on a steam train, but nevertheless the actual rail journeys we had were great.
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Loch Lomond & The Scottish Highlands
15/Jul
Jean Thomas
5 stars
“A really well run holiday using trains and coaches to tour many interesting areas of western Scotland. 4 of 5 nights spent in a lovely rural hotel , well placed for the touring undertaken,providing excellant breakfasts and 3 couse dinners. Well informed tour guide on hand with lots of useful detail.
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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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Isle of Wight
3/Oct
Tony Dadoun
4 stars
“Good value for money,well organised and reasonably adaptable when things didnt go according to plan. Would recommend as a brief introduction to the Island.
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The Isle of Man
1/Oct
Anne Box
4 stars
“Beautiful Island, good hotel. Coach driver excellent. Only slightly negative was that the leader had quite poor knowledge base. A Box
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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.

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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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