There is nothing quite like travelling by train. This is a fun way to travel that allows you to sit back, relax and see the world pass you by out the window and see the lesser-explored areas. Many of Europe’s most memorable train journeys are found close to home and the UK has an excellent train network that can make these holidays easy to plan. So, what are a few of the great rail journeys on our wish list for 2022?
The Royal Scotsman
If you are seeking a combination of beauty and luxury then the Royal Scotsman is for you. This is a glamorous journey to take with luxurious mahogany cars with en-suite cabins and even an onboard spa making the experience unforgettable. The train will take you all through the wild and beautiful Scottish countryside, including Ben Nevis, Loch Lomond and the Isle of Bute.
The countryside in the South East of England is something to behold, especially in spring when you can see the bluebells. This is how this incredible journey was named as it will take you through 11 miles of countryside in Sussex on the UK’s oldest preserved standard-gauge railway in a beautiful train with historic carriages. Spring is the best time and a chance to see the bluebells, but it is still a lovely experience at any time during the year. This could also be coincided with a train to Brighton to explore this great city on the coast.
If you are seeking breathtaking natural beauty then the Settle-Carlisle Railway is a good option that allows you to travel through the iconic Yorkshire Dales. The 73-mile line will provide for mesmerising views, especially as you travel along the breathtaking 31-me high Ribblehead Viaduct.
Swanage Railway is one of the most popular heritage railways in Britain with full-size steam and diesel passenger trains that will show you the incredible beauty of Dorset. This includes amazing views of the Jurassic coastline before arriving in the charming seaside town of Swanage.
There is something special about a train holiday and it can take a lot of the stress out of travel. Many of Europe’s finest train journeys are found within the UK with the above being a few of the best examples that will show the great beauty of the UK and the chance to travel in historic and beautiful trains.