Embarking on an epic journey by train is perhaps the almost opposite of travelling by a budget airline. There is an old saying- Life is a journey, not a destination so enjoy the ride! When you are crammed into a metal tube with hundreds of other people, three of you sitting in a row of seats that was originally designed for two it can be very easy to wish the journey away and long for the destination to arrive. Why not consider making the journey the high point of your time away? There are no shortage of amazing train journeys that will help you rediscover the love of the journey. From a day trip to epic cross country travel, you are sure to find something you will love.
The Scottish countryside is some of the most beautiful in the world and what better way to experience it than from the comfort of the train that will whisk you thought windswept moors, impressive valleys and the dramatic Glenfinnan Viaduct (made famous by the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express route to the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry of the same name). Take a 9 day journey through the Scottish Highlands with Great Rail Journeys that begins and ends in the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh. On this adventure you will experience a variety of modes of transport including 1st class accommodation on Scotrail trains (where available), a journey on the Jacobite Steam train and even a cruise on Loch Linnhe.
Murder mystery lunch in luxury
Not everyone has the time or money to embark on a trip that takes days or weeks to complete, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get away from it all in style for a day! In years past, train travel was absolutely the only way to get around in style. With a Murder Mystery Lunch train journey on the Belmond British Pullman you can step back in time to the 1920’s where a somewhat ghastly murder has occurred! As you enjoy a delectable 5 course meals a cast of costumed characters will fill you in on all the dreadful details. Use the provided clue sheet and your own sleuthing smarts to uncover whodunnit. When all is revealed and the real killer unmasked prized will be awarded to the best amateur detectives. Trains depart and arrive at London Victoria and the whole experience takes 5 hours, perfect for a day trip.
Ghan- a trip of epic proportions
Imagine crossing the Australian outback in the luxury of a wood lined cabin styled with Tasmanian myrtle and an almost steampunk like Edwardian theme. Take a 3 day trip on the Ghan travelling from Adelaide to Darwin with a stop in Alice Springs in the centre of this beautiful country. All your meals and a great selection of beer wine and cocktails are included with your train ticket in addition to a variety of off train excursions.