UK’s top 5 most picturesque train rides

In the modern world, it is easy to assume that the destination is the focal point of our journey and getting there as quickly as possible is the goal. What if you were to take a step back and enjoy the journey for what it offers?

Train rides in the UK can offer exceptional views of both the coast and the countryside. We have listed the top five train journeys with the best views for you to discover.  


Fort William – Mallaig, Scotland


A view of the Glenfinnan Viaduct (c) Sylvia Duckworth, from

Also known as the West Highland Line, this impressive journey will take you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct that was immortalised in the Harry Potter film franchise as the Hogwarts Express’ route. This journey can also be made on a traditional steam train, The Jacobite.


Newcastle – Edinburgh, North of England to Scotland


 View from a Newcastle-Edinburgh train © Copyright Nigel Thompson,

This journey offers amazing country and coastal views as you travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Be sure to sit on the right-hand side of the train for the best views.


Exeter – Dawlish, Devon


Also known as the Riviera Line, this journey hugs the coastal line from Exeter to Dawlish. It offers picturesque views of both land and sea.


Dingwall – Kyle of Lochalsh


This Historic Highlands railway passes over deserted beaches and through fishing villages offering views of mountains and herons.


Settle – Carlisle

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This railway passes through the spectacularly picturesque North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales. The track itself was laid down during extremely adverse local weather conditions and is impressive to behold.


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