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Explore Britain by Train

Enjoy the picturesque scenery of the lakes

Best Time To Go

Apr – Oct

Why not...

…extend your holiday to include time in London or Glasgow?

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Enjoy the picturesque scenery of the lakes

Explore Britain by Train

Best Time To Go

Apr – Oct

Why not...

…extend your holiday to include time in London or Glasgow?

Prices From


No of Nights


Tour Britain by train, taking in the historic cities of Bath, Chester, Edinburgh and York plus experiencing awe-inspiring scenery of lakes and lochs.

Tour Britain by train, taking in the historic cities of Bath, Oxford, Chester, Edinburgh and York, and experience awe-inspiring scenery of lakes and lochs.

This self-guided rail holiday has been created with care to deliver a comprehensive tour of the highlights of Britain by train. Begin your trip in England and enjoy the Georgian grandeur of Bath, the dreaming spires of Oxford and the sites of historic Chester. Relax in the loveliness of the Lake District,  before continuing to Scotland for the finest scenery in the Highlands – including a wonderful steam-train trip on the famous Jacobite Express. Enjoy a whistle-stop tour of the Isle of Skye, journey on via Inverness to magnificent Edinburgh, before heading back south to York for a final couple of days amidst the Minster and Shambles.

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Day One – Follow the Great Western Railway from London Paddington to Beautiful Bath

Day Two – Exploring Bath

Day Three – To the Dreaming Spires of Oxford

Day Four – Out and About in Oxford

Day Five – To the Roman Walled City of Chester

Day Six – Along the Line to the Lakes

Day Seven – Get to Know Ullswater Aboard the Steamer

Day Eight – An Epic Train Journey to the Highlands

Day Nine – All Aboard the Jacobite Steam Train!

Day Ten To the Capital of the Highlands

Day Eleven – Fall in Love with Loch Ness

Day Twelve – Begin Your Journey South and Arrive in Edinburgh

Day Thirteen – Discovering the Highlights of Edinburgh

Day Fourteen – Down the East Coast Main Line to York

Day Fifteen – Time to Explore York

Day Sixteen – Onward Journey Home

Sustainable Travel

This holiday is part of our ever-growing collection of public transport based holidays, enabling you to reach destinations around Scotland and England without the need to drive. We feel strongly that true sustainability also means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life in areas where the economic benefit of tourism can make a genuine difference to the local community, which is why we have used locally owned small accommodation and local guides on this holiday.


Two nights in Bath, two in Oxford, one in Chester, two in the Lake District, one in Spean Bridge, one in Plockton, two in Inverness, two in Edinburgh, and two nights in York.

The tour of Britain by train as described is designed to start and finish in London, however this can be tailored to suit your plans and we would be happy to facilitate train travel to and from the Capital.


£3745 per person for April & October, £3850 per person for May, June, July & September and £3995 per person for August. 

Price is based on two adults sharing double or twin en-suite room for 15 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, with dinner provided in Spean Bridge, staying in our hand-picked selection of small hotels and guest houses; The holiday includes

  • Standard-class train travel from London to Bath, Bath to Oxford, Oxford to Chester, Chester to Penrith, Penrith to Spean Bridge, from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness, Inverness to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to York and York to London
  • First class single travel on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Return transfers from Penrith to Ullswater; ferry crossing from Mallaig to Armadale on  Skye and transfer from Armadale to Kyle of Lochalsh
  • A private guided tour through the south of Skye, a half day tour to Loch Ness, and a walking tour of York
  • Round the Lake Pass on Ullswater and a York Pass.

*The single supplement for this holiday is £1600

For a supplement, we would be happy to upgrade train travel to first class where available.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

We work hard to make sure the unexpected doesn’t affect your trip. On rare occasions, changes or cancellations may occur, affecting accommodation, transport or excursions, including the Jacobite Express Steam Train. We are committed to informing you of any such circumstances and will use our knowledge and resources to offer suitable alternatives wherever possible.

Please note, the Jacobite Express Steam Train service is currently suspended, as of 20th March 2024. This tour will still feature the same route however.

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Explore Britain by Train

This holiday can be arranged from April to October. In 2024, the Jacobite Steam train will run from the 28th March until the 25th October. Outside these dates the same route can be booked, but a standard train service operates.

Availability is individually checked for a hand-picked selection of smaller hotels, guest houses and other independent businesses, so please bear with us and we will respond in 1-2 working days.

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