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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands

9 days from $2,895 per person

  • Journey on the iconic Jacobite Steam Train
  • Cruise across the mystical Loch Ness
  • Visit historic Eilean Donan Castle

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The Best of Scotland and Ireland

13 days from $4,795 per person

  • Scottish Highlands on three scenic railways
  • Enjoy a tour of Glen Ord Distillery
  • Discover Galway and Dublin

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Edinburgh, the Highlands & St Andrews

11 days from $3,795 per person

  • Witness the Highlands by train
  • Discover the city of St. Andrews
  • Visit two historic Scottish castles

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Discover the Beauty and History of the British Isles

There are centuries of history and culture to uncover in every corner of the British Isles. Whether you want a deep dive into Scotland, Ireland, or a Grand Tour through the UK, our tours offer you the opportunity to explore these great destinations.

When should you travel to the UK & Ireland? The spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures and vibrant colors. The peak summer travel season brings the warmest weather and longest hours of daylight. Many sites are closed in winter, however the holidays offer unique experiences and markets to explore.

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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British Parliament Along the Thames
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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Strathspey Railway
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Skellig Michael, Ireland
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Edinburgh
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Railways & Castles of Wales
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Our customers love our UK & Ireland tours
Edinburgh, the Jacobite & Isle of Skye
18/May
Mary
5 stars
“As usual, Vacations by Rail came through with an amazing trip. They took care of all the details and we just had fun. The scheduled tours were all excellent yet we had some time to explore on our own. It was great!
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Edinburgh, the Highlands & St Andrews
23 Sep 2023
MITCHELL, PAMELA
5 stars
“Exceeded all expectations!! We loved it all!.. great itinerary,and fabulous Tour manager…Roger!! He was ALWAYS positive,enthusiastic and knowledgeable!!! The Best!!
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Orkney & The Shetland Islands
16 Sep 2023
customer
5 stars
“All the history was wonderfully presented by our guides and drivers and tour manager. Lived it all
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Cuisine & Culture: Dublin, Killarney & Galway
7/May
customer
4 stars
“The journey and logistics management went smoothly. The customer service at the office was poor and inconsistent.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
2/Mar
OLSON, CASSANDRA
4 stars
“Everything was decent. The weather didn't cooperate with us for this trip so we did miss out on a lot of the train side of our great rail journey. This was my first time booking this type of trip and while I think it was a good experience I have decided that I prefer a more leisurely vacation with a less structured itinerary.
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Grand Tour of the UK
20 Nov 2023
CJ
4 stars
“The Grand Tour of the UK included many interesting sights and informative day tours. It was certainly a worthwhile experience, and our Tour Manager was well-informed and very helpful. We did have some problems with baggage handling and lodging, but after the tour I contacted the Vacations By Rail Customer Service Manager and was able to receive appropriate compensation for the problems we encountered. I was glad to see that Vacations By Rail was responsive to our complaint.
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Highland Adventure
24 Oct 2023
Sherry
4 stars
“Great tour guide. Very flexible travel - weather permitting. It was fun although I thought we would be sleeping on a train and did not realize it was an out and back in adventure every day. Hotel was nice, their food was average. Tea magnificent and staff very accommodating.
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Railroads & Castles of Wales
13 Oct 2023
POOL, JAMES LARRY
4 stars
“Staying in one hotel was great. Trains were great. Castles were great with the exception of the guide at Ashley Conwy.
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Dublin & the Enchanting Emerald Isle
03 Oct 2023
DS
4 stars
“Ireland is beautiful and much of it is rural, so seeing it by train is not realistic. Much of the trip was spent on a coach to really see the gorgeous countryside. While we had a excellent bus driver, our tour director, though nice, had not traveled in Ireland and didn’t offer a lot of information. However, most of our meals were covered on the tour, which was unexpected. The hotels were clean and improved as the travel progressed. I think the tour guide could have done a better job with communicating by using the app that we downloaded for the journey. Overall, a memorable trip.
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UK & Ireland Tours

Discover the legendary vistas and mesmerizing tales that can only be found in lands as old as the British Isles by embarking on thoughtfully crafted tours of UK and Ireland. Five countries, each distinct in their traditions and landscapes, beckon on these train tours and rail and sail vacations. Although together England, Wales, Scotland, North Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are less than half the size of Texas, the countries' multifaceted offerings and layers of culture offer endless chances to explore.

Britain and Ireland tour packages that begin in England have so many delightful cities from which to choose. Without a doubt, London is one of the pinnacle cities of Western Europe, with its posh atmosphere and eclectic offerings. From the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Tower Bridge to Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, and St. Paul's Cathedral, there is no shortage of highlights to capture visitors' attention. Venturing out of London, tour Bath, with its famous hot springs, or York, home to 2,000-year-old artifacts dating back to the Romans. Travel packages may showcase one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge, or present history that spans centuries at castles such as Bamburgh Castle on the country's northeast coast. Traversing between destinations could not be more convenient, thanks to a well-connected network of local and scenic rail lines. Travelers may also take a train even further north into Scotland, where the Scottish Highlands' natural splendors are simply unmatched. Delight at heather moors, vast lochs, and rolling mountains while exploring the charming destinations of the Highlands - locales where castles dot the landscape, and wild expanses can be seen from miles around. Scotland is also home to well-known cities, including Edinburgh, and countless distilleries producing Scotch Whisky for centuries. Discovering the intricacies of the Scottish landscape by train is one of the great joys of traveling here, and the railways are certainly abundant. Favorites include the Kyle Line, the West Highland Line, and the one and only Royal Scotsman. Connecting one of these train trips with a ferry ride across the Irish Sea opens even more possibilities with British Isles tours, offering the key to North Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, both of which brim with adventure. Gaze upon dramatic coasts and famed natural points of interest, including the Cliffs of Moher and Giant's Causeway. Marvel at the remnants of the past at Ireland's ancient fortresses, or meander through cities where modern and historical features coexist. A trip to England, Ireland, and Scotland is more than just an experience to remember; it is the experience of a lifetime.

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