Ireland by Rail – Northern Circuit (Dublin-Sligo-Derry-Belfast)

Ireland by Rail – Southern Circuit (Dublin-Wateford-Limerick-Galway)


Norway by Rail – Southern Circuit (inc. the Bergen Railway and the Flåm Railway.


Ayr – Alloway – Doonfoot – Ayr Beach: The Burns Pilgrimage

Edinburgh – Aviemore – Strathspey Steam Railway (optional) – Inverness

Glasgow <-> Arran <-> Islay : The Whisky Pilgrimage

Glasgow – Isle of Skye – Inverness (inc. Hogwart’s Express)

Inverness – Isle of Skye – Glasgow (inc. Hogwart’s Express)

Inverness – Aviemore – Strathspey Steam Railway (optional) – Edinburgh


Slovakia by Rail (Circular route). Bratislava – Kosice – Tatra Mountains – Bratislava


Wales by Rail – Northern Circuit (too many amazing trains to summarize!)

Wales by Rail – Southern Circuit (inc. Heart of Wales Line & Welsh Marches Line)

These “virtual” journeys are just my way of continuing to see the world, now that the progression of my ataxia means that lengthy travel is no longer a possibility for me. Hence the detail. By planning the journey in such detail, I end up knowing the route so well that I feel like I have been on it myself.

So if these articles have inspired you, saved you some valuable time (or even just saved you a few pounds/euros/dollars), please show your appreciation by making a donation to Ataxia UK (registered charity), by following this link:


100% of your donation goes directly, and immediately, to Ataxia UK (plus an additional 25% if you are a UK-taxpayer and have ticked the “Gift Aid” box).

And a personal request?

Share a photograph, that you take at some point on your journey, with me on Twitter. Not necessarily your “best” photograph, but the one photograph that will forever remind you of your journey.

That way I can live a little piece of the journey through your eyes.

Slàinte Mhath!