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Great Railway Journey Ideas

Take an unforgettable railway journey and experience your holiday from a different perspective by train, witness incredible scenery, enjoy first-class comfort and outstanding service. We’ve put together ideas of three incredible railway journeys from our friends at Newmarket Holidays.


  • Scottish Highland Railways

Acclaimed by Michael Palin as one of the ‘Great Railways of the World’, the breathtaking run from Inverness across to Kyle of Lochalsh is just one of the trio of journeys included on this hugely popular break in Scotland. A train journey around Scotland can be one of the best ways of admiring the stunning landscapes around the country. The dramatic 42 miles of the famous West Highland line from Fort William to Mallaig, and the nostalgic trip on the steam-hauled Strathspey Railway complete an unforgettably scenic few days in one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions.  

You can book a rail holiday from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh from £489 per person, including return flights to Edinburgh, coach travel, transfers throughout and fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager. Enjoy a journey on the steam-hauled Strathspey Railway, cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct on the 42-mile journey from Fort William to Mallaig. This amazing holiday also includes four nights stay at either the Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore or the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge, including dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast.


  • Steam Railways of Austria

Austria is an incredible destination with a unique landscape, which include a combination of beautiful lakes, charming mountains and imperial architecture.

Enjoy a stunning holiday to the scenic Austrian Tyrol, a land of green pastures, towering mountains and flower-decked villages, where in addition to a stay in a wonderful Alpine paradise, you’ll enjoy journeys on some delightful vintage railways through incredible countryside, and a visit to Imperial Innsbruck, the glorious Tyrolean capital.

Journey on the nostalgic Zillertal Steam Railway, visit the glorious Innsbruck and the Imperial Tyrolean capital from £789 per person. This holidays also includes return flights to Munich, seven nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Gerloserhof, Gerlos, coach travel and transfers throughout and fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager.


  • Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

Take a marvellous short break to a corner of our island where it seems life is lived at a slower pace – TT races aside – against a background of rolling hills and wonderful beaches blessed by clean air and unpolluted skies. An independent Crown dependency governed by the world’s longest established parliament, the island is full of fascination, with its unique heritage railways offering a marvellous way to discover and explore this very special place.

Book a holiday to this stunning island and you will have the opportunity to see ‘Seven Kingdoms’ from the summit station and discover many of the island’s attractions with your included ‘Go Explore Heritage’ card included. Journey on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway, visit to historic Laxey, where Lady Isabella is the world's largest working waterwheel and take also the opportunity to a visit to the classic resort Port Erin.

Price starts from £789 per person, including return flights to Douglas, four nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the Chesterhouse Hotel, Rutland Hotel, Welbeck Hotel, Ascot Hotel or the Empress Hotel, Douglas, coach travel and transfers throughout and fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager.

Newmarket Holidays is one of the UK's largest independent tour operators, specialising in Escorted Touring. Its award winning and quality holidays are offered at affordable prices with something for everyone – from Coach Holidays in the UK to cruising Europe’s majestic rivers, but our core lies in escorted touring in Europe, the Americas, India and the Far East. The Newmarket team is continually striving for customer service excellence and in our 36th year of operation we are proud to be a multi award-winning tour operator with over 200 staff.  We have won Best Large Escorted Tour Operator at the BTA’s 5 years in a row – voted for by the public! Not to mention accolades for our India, Canada and Italian programmes to name but a few, so you really can book with confidence!

Another strength of the Newmarket portfolio is how they have developed programmes that bring choice to customers, something that is evident in these railway holidays. For years Scottish Highland Railway tours with its three famous railway journeys has been the bedrock of our Scottish program, which has led to other fascinating itineraries in Scotland and at the same time has fuelled customers desire to experience more railways – not just for railway enthusiasts! These holidays albeit with a railway theme still offer something for everyone, seeing cities like Innsburck and Vienna on our Steam Railways of Austria tour or exploring the whole of the Isle of Man and its fascinating history on the Historic Railways of the Isle of Man holiday – both offer customers the opportunity to experience more for their money with so many inclusions.


Contact our travel specialists today if you’d like more information on how to book a holiday to any of the holiday ideas mentioned on this blog.