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UK-wide self-catering cottage letting agency holidaycottages.co.uk have compiled a list of their favourite scenic routes to help you make the most of the railways while on your holidays!

 

The West Highland Line, Scotland

The breathtaking landscapes which this route offers have led many to crown it the best rail journey in the UK and in some cases, the world!

If you’re up for an adventure, the sleeper train will transport you overnight from Central London to the foot of the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. Go to sleep in the comfort of your carriage and awake in the morning to the most glorious views of the West Highlands from your window.

Rolling slowly along the twisting track, you may be lucky enough to glimpse deer and wildlife enjoying a morning forage. Trundle along the shores of Loch Lomond, through the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and take in some of the most beautiful mountainous scenery in the UK

If you’re just looking for a day out, the three and a quarter hour journey from Glasgow to Fort William will treat you to the same delights and continue on to Mallaig to treat your eyes to even more awe-inspiring vistas. The Glenfinnan Viaduct (as featured in Harry Potter), Ben Nevis and Arisaig and Morar are all outstanding features along this stretch.

 

Settle to Carlisle, North of England

Another railway journey which finds itself in many a top ten transports passengers through the beautiful scenery of the North of England.

The line from Settle to Carlisle was built by over 6,000 navvies, who endured harsh weather and working conditions to complete the feat of engineering in the 1870s.

What’s so special about it? It’s the 21 viaducts spanning striking ravines, the 14 tunnels and the 72 miles of astonishing scenery which have earned its status as the most picturesque route to Scotland.

Don’t forget your camera, as there’s a photo opportunity around every bend!

 

Exeter to Teignmouth, Devon

Considered by many to be one of the most stunning stretches of railway in the British Isles, the journey from Exeter to Teignmouth will take you right along the coast. Hugging the scenic River Exe as it makes its way towards the sea, the line then meanders along the coastline, offering splendid sea views as it chugs into Teignmouth.

Continue on the line to travel inland through miles of countryside into the characterful town of Totnes and beyond.

After your trip, if you’d like to enjoy the route at a more leisurely pace, take a walk along the miles of paths which run parallel to the railway line.

 

St Erth to St Ives, Cornwall

This rail journey is only very short, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in views!

Hop on the train in St Erth and enjoy a dazzling 12 and a half minutes of clifftop panoramas and beach vistas which would look more at home in the pages of a glossy holiday brochure.

Emerge from a tunnel through Carrack Gladden Head to drink in the views over Carbis Bay before snaking around the cliffs to meet the welcoming sight of St Ives. Straddling a rocky outcrop which shelters its stunning beaches, the sleepy seaside town is home to a host of galleries, gift shops and outstanding eateries.

For your chance to win a cottage holiday in Cornwall, complete with rail travel, enter our competition courtesy of holidaycottages.co.uk.

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