Inverness › Thurso › Wick

Famous as being the most northerly line in Britain, is it also considered the most beautiful and the most rugged. This winding journey takes the traveller through some of the remotest parts of Britain. Stunning scenery mix with an environment untouched by human hand, deliver a journey that is a rarity for anywhere in the UK.

Dingwall › Kyle of Lochalsh

The journey is a testament to the will and energy of the Victorian rail builders. This is a railway literally blasted from nature – the last 10 miles boasts no less than 29 tunnels. Per mile of track laid it was the most costly built in the Victorian era. The modern traveller can be thankful for the stunning views to the Victorian engineers and navvies who preserved in a landscape unsuited to rail. Gaze out onto deserted beaches and picturesque fishing villages and thank our forebears for their industry.

Fort William › Mallaig

Considered by many to be one of the most stunning rail lines in Europe, this gem can be reached all the way from London by sleeper – although it is strongly advised to wake up and raise the blinds on the last leg of the journey. The Mallaig leg takes you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a truly wondrous spectacle.

Newcastle › Edinburgh

Leaving Scotland and heading just south of the border you can catch Lindisfarne, the beautiful fortress town of Berwich-upon-Tweed and a generally stunning journey – providing your sitting on the right side of the train.

Settle › Carlisle

The travellers enjoying today’s beautiful journey should not forget the thousands of navvies how created this stunning railway whilst working in the most unpleasant of circumstances. Make sure to be alert for the stunning Ribblehead viaduct.

Carlisle › Carnforth

The journey takes in some stunning coastline scenery as well as views towards the lake district. For railway, and walking, enthusiasts there’s also the offer of a short detour to the narrow gauge railway heading deep into Lake District.

Caernarfon › Porthmadog › Blaenau Ffestiniog

This wonderful journey consists of two narrow gauge railways, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland, converging at the lovely coastal town of Porthmadog. Amazing as it may seem but both these railways were built be volunteers.

Craven Arms › Llanelli

Passing through some of Britain’s remotest countryside, the Heart of Wales railcar that trundles along this little line passes through a total of 43 stations, most of them unstaffed and blessed with names that defy pronunciation for most English travellers. It is probably the British Isles’ most charming rail line. Travelling on the Heart of Wales train you will experience some of the remotest countryside in Britain. As you pass through a variety of small railway stations, most of them unmanned, you will realise why this has been described as Britain’s most charming railway.