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Less stressful than flying: there are clear benefits to taking a train

Memories of taking the train and ferry to England and Europe in the 1980s makes one shudder at the thought that we may have to return to this means of(...)

The Highland service, called the Deerstalker, is one of the best train journeys in Britain. After Glasgow, it goes past Loch Treig to the foot of Ben Nevis. From Fort William, the line continues to Mallaig, across the Glenfinnan viaduct – of Harry Potter fame

UK London to Fort William Duration: 419 miles/13hr Price (single): From £45/€51. The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the (...)

The Rocky Mountaineer with custom-built train coaches traverses the continental divide through the beautiful scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Photograph: Getty

Rail holidays are growing in popularity and there are new ones operating every year. Essentially there are two types of holidays by rail – one where (...)

When is the “best” season to visit Cuba, from the point of view of hurricane risk and excessively high temperatures? We would like a good hotel whi(...)

Lake Van: there is a train from Tehran to Ankara, in Turkey, the Trans Asia Express which takes two nights and includes a crossing of Lake Van. Photograph: Thinkstock

How would I travel from Kuwait to Cork, avoiding planes, and using ferries, trains and buses? I’m working in Kuwait and hoping to travel in late May. (...)

 Istanbul in April, with a beach holiday add-on

We are sixtysomethings of varying degrees of sprightliness, and want to find a comfortable holiday home in Ireland for a week in June. We’re lookin(...)

We are hoping for some advice on how to go about planning a holiday in England for a family with two teenagers for two w(...)