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Adventures await you on famous and historic railways with Arena Rail Holidays.

View four selected UK rail journeys on this page for a taste of what to expect. To see more from Arena, please visit or call 01858 438 331 to book, or request a brochure. Remember to quote GW0219 when booking to receive your free Lonely Planet Amazing Train Journeys book, worth £19.99.

Scotland’s Iconic Railways

From October, 2019
Prices start from £699 per person

Discover the Highlands and Cairngorms by rail

Travel some of the greatest  railways in the world on this exhilarating tour. Discover the beauty of the Scottish Highlands; from the foot of Ben Nevis where we join the West Highland Line, to the unforgettable scenery of Mallaig. Next is the Kyle Line, a ‘Great Railway Journey of the World’, as featured in Michael Palin’s popular TV documentary series. Finally, board the Strathspey Steam Railway, the longest steam heritage railway in Scotland, cutting through the Cairngorms national park to give you an experience you’ll never forget.

What's included:

  • Coach trip along the Malt Whisky Trail
  • Visit to a whisky distillery
  • Single journey on the West Highland Line
  • Single journey on the Kyle Line
  • Single journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Free time in Malliag
  • See the spectacular Ben Nevis & Loche Linnhe
  • Private coach travel in Scotland
  • Five nights’ half board accommodation in Carrbridge
  • Services of an experienced tour manager

Scotland's Iconic Railways

Strathspay Steam Railway
Ben Nevis
Arena Rail Holidays brochure, 2019

Snowdon, Portmeirion & Welsh Mountain Steam

Five-day tour departing in June, July & September, 2019
Prices start from £529 per person

A steam extravaganza in Snowdon National Park

Staying in the spectacular surroundings of North Wales, enjoy a relaxing holiday combined with the wonders of rail. Head for the clouds with a steam train trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway – a little rack and pinion railway climbing to the very top of Snowdon. Then chug along the shores of Lake Padarn before gliding through 40 miles of show-stopping scenery on the iconic Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. We also spend time in the Italianate village of Portmeirion, and Betws-y-Coed, the principal village of Snowdonia.

Please note:

Trains cannot proceed to the summit of Snowdon if conditions become severe, i.e. high winds or snow and ice on the track. In such cases, trains will terminate at Rocky Valley, 5/8 of the way to the summit. If there are severe winds, passengers are not allowed to disembark at Rocky Valley.

What's included:

  •  Return journey on the Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • Return journey on the Llanberis Lake Railway
  • Journey on the Welsh Highland Railway
  • Visit to Portmeirion
  • Journey on the Ffestiniog Railway
  • Visit to Betws-y-Coed
  • Four nights’ half board in Caernarfon
  • Coach transfers
  • Services of an experienced tour manager

Snowdon, Portmeirion & Welsh Mountain Steam


Settle to Carlisle Railway & Yorkshire Steam

Five-day tour departing June-September, 2019
Prices start from £459 per person

A scenic trip through the Yorkshire countryside

Think rolling country meadows, effortlessly blended with a timeless mode of transport – it’s a winning combination! You’ll have plenty of free time to explore your surroundings and lovely excursions to fill your days. We promise, it’s one to remember.

Settle to Carlisle Railway & Yorkshire Steam

What's included:

  • Steam train journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
  • Explore the cathedral city of Ripon with free time
  • Enjoy a return journey aboard the Settle-Carlisle Railway
  • Explore the 14th century Ripley Castle
  • Journey on the scenic Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
  • Visit the village of Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters
  • Leisurely cruise on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Four nights’ half board
  • Coach transfers
  • Services of an  experienced tour manager
Embsay Railway
Keighley Railway

Railways of Somerset & The Dawlish Coast

Five-day tour departing May-September, 2019
Prices start from £399 per person

It’s a dream holiday for any rail enthusiasts

Glistening blue sea and rolling green countryside go hand in hand to create a holiday of dreams for any heritage rail enthusiasts. Keeping close to the market town of Tiverton, we enjoy scenic journeys on no less than five different railways, providing you with your perfect escape. From Buckfastleigh to Totnes, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead, and more... it’s time to sit back and relax as we travel in style through this beautiful corner of the English countryside.

What's included:

  • Join the West Somerset Railway from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead
  • Visit the historic village of Dunster
  • Enjoy a ride on the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
  • Embrace scenery from Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular Cliff Railway
  • A ride on the South Devon Railway from Buckfastleigh to Totnes
  • Take a ride on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and river boat
  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Tiverton
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced tour manager

Railways of Somerset & the Dawlish Coast

Coastal scenery at Lynton
Dartmouth Steam Railway
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Terms and conditions:

Operated by Arena Rail Holidays. Prices are per person and based on two people sharing. Single supplements apply. Please note: All UK Arena Rail Holidays are self-drive to the hotel

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