Whether you splash out on luxury or ride with the locals, a train journey reveals of a country. One of Mark Smith’s (aka the Telegraph’s Man in Seat 61) recommends travelling the West Highlands of Scotland, arguably some of Britain’s best scenery.
Luxury Alternative: Royal Scotsman: En suite staterooms, elegant dining, and what is A three-night tour from Edinburgh to Mallaig; starts at £2,530 per person for two people sharing. Transport to Edinburgh is not included.
Affordable alternative: A berth on the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Fort William costs £78 one-way, £112 return, if you book in advance. A miniature hotel with compact one and two-bed compartments, plus a complete lounge car. It’ll take you from the drizzly capital to the foot of Ben Nevis.