To see some of the most beautiful landscape that the United Kingdom has to offer, all you need to do is take the train! Here are 10 of our favourite scenic rail journeys– perfect if you’re visiting the UK from abroad or are a resident looking to take in Great Britain’s natural beauty!
Shrewsbury to Swansea – Arriva Train Line
‘The Heart of Wales’ Line runs– you guessed it!– through the heart of Wales, from Shrewsbury to Swansea via Llandrindod Wells and Llanelli. Enjoy the view from the window as the beautiful countryside opens around you and takes you past some of the most striking views in all of the UK!
Tickets from £14 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
Perth to Inverness – ScotRail
There are plenty of rail enthusiasts who rate the journey from Perth to Inverness as one of their favourites in the UK. If you want some solid proof as to why, take a look at the video* above. The Mark Knopfler helps, too, we think…
Tickets from £10 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
Middlesbrough to Whitby – Northern Rail
Travel through the Yorkshire Moors, weaving through picturesque villages and beautiful countryside along the Esk Valley Railway. Stop off at Castleton Moor to start the Esk Valley walk or Lealholm to visit the ‘Prettiest Village in Yorkshire”!
Tickets from £6.40 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
London Euston to Fort William – West Highland Line
When it comes to rail travel, there’s nothing more scenic than a sleeper train! Take the Caledonian Sleeper and enjoy the beautiful scenery as the train winds past Watford and Milton Keynes and then slowly weaves its way through the West Highlands of Scotland. For a first-hand look at what you may see, be sure to watch the above video*!
Tickets from £47.50 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
Settle to Carlisle – Northern Rail
Hands down one of the most striking train journeys in the UK, the Settle– Carlisle Partnership Line takes travellers along the hills of the Pennines, through 14 tunnels, and over 20 viaducts. Be sure to snag a window seat so you won’t miss even a mile of this beautiful 72-mile journey!
Tickets from £6.00 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
Oxford to Hereford – Great Western Railway
Travel from one of England’s greatest University Cities to Hereford in the West Midlands and enjoy the landscape unrolling around you from the train window!
Tickets from £21.30 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
Liskeard to Looe – Looe Valley Line
Short and sweet, this journey is just around half an hour in length but the scenery out the window is vast! Following the East Looe River through Cornwall, the line is a favourite with rail enthusiasts. Take a look at the above video* to see!
Tickets from £3.90 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
Salisbury to Exeter – South Western Railway
Traverse the beautiful South West by train when and enjoy wooded canopies and open views when you travel from Salisbury to Exeter.
Tickets from £14.40 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
Leeds to York – Northern Rail
Beautiful countryside, ancient settlements, striking views!
Tickets from £11.00 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
Newcastle to Edinburgh – East Coast Main Line
Behold the breathtaking views as you cruise past the Northumbrian cliffs and coast before entering Scotland. We like to think this journey pairs particularly well with a glass of Scotch. If that’s not your cup of tea, why not finish the trip at our Edinburgh suggestion from our Station Pub Tour– it will not disappoint!
Tickets from £10.00 when you use our Best Fare Finder!
*To play the video, please click the video images which will direct you to their original page. Enjoy!