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Train journeys with my Britrail Pass

English train in Devon near Langstone Rock
English train in Devon near Langstone Rock

With over 16,000 kilometres of railway lines in Great Britain, taking the train is the finest way to experience this most historic of nations. Let Rail Guru show you some of the best journeys throughout the Sceptred Isle.

Great Britain is a nation soaked in more than two millennia of history, and for such a small island, is home to a vast array of ever-changing scenery. From crystal lakes to ancient castles, forgotten forests to heaving cities, Great Britain offers a wealth of incredible views to the discerning rail traveller. By investing in a BritRail pass with Rail Guru, you'll hold the key that allows you to travel across the complete National Rail network. With an enormous range of journeys to choose from, here are a few of the best to take in when you climb aboard your Britrail train: 

London to Fort William by train

Fort William in Scotland
Fort William in Scotland

What better place to start your British rail adventure than in the beating heart of England's capital? The London to Fort William service leaves Euston each evening (except Saturday), winding its way along the spine of the country for 12 spellbinding hours right up to the remote town of Fort William in the western Scottish Highlands.

For a small extra cost, you can purchase a bed for the journey, watching the bright lights of London fade away as your carriage plunges into the inky blackness. What's more, you can partake in a traditional Scottish supper of haggis, neeps and tatties, with a 'wee dram' of whiskey as a night cap helping you to drift off. When you awaken, you'll be surround by the unrivalled beauty of the Scottish Highlands, a far cry from the hectic city you left behind. 

Durham to Berwick-upon-Tweed by train

Take in the majesty of Durham Cathedral and the rest of the beautiful architecture of this city before jumping on a train to England's northernmost town, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Along the way, you'll pass castles that have stood for over 1,000 years and teeter along the tracks as the wild North Sea crashes into the rocks below, as it has for time eternal. 

Though the journey is fairly short, it's not shy when it comes to scenery, as you may have gathered. There's even a Second World War airfield along the route - see if you can spot it.

Exeter to Teignmouth by train

Heading back to the south of England for this beauty of a trip, leave the coastal city of Exeter and plough into the verdant heart of Devon.

You'll make headway along the Exe estuary, before the train snakes its way through tunnels bored through the cliffs. At Dawlish, the sea comes right up to the tracks, with some of the larger waves cracking right over the tracks - a mesmerising experience.

 

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