This UK railway is one of the most beautiful in the world!

scottish highlands

If you are familiar with the UK railway system, you will already know about the West Highland line in Scotland. The famous railway line runs from Glasgow to Fort William then onwards to Mallaig fishing port and ferry terminal.

The railway line twists and turns through beautiful Scottish countryside, often miles away from the nearest road, offering unspoilt views you can only see by train.

Depending on your desired journey, you can take a normal ScotRail sprinter train, or opt for a luxury train experience. The journey is not a fast one and rightly so, there is so much to take in, it is almost impossible to see everything during one journey.

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On your adventure you will cruise past the shores of Loch Lomond, the largest lake by surface area in the whole of Great Britain. Train lovers may want to look out for the village of Tyndrum which is the smallest place in the UK with two different train stations.


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North from Tyndrum, you will steer round the famous horse-shoe curve. The builders could not afford a viaduct through this part of the valley so created this curved track. Keep an eye out for some of the wonderful Scottish wildlife including the iconic stag (recognisable on many Scottish whisky bottles). The train passes through Corrour station, one of the most remote in the UK and recognisable from the ‘90s cult classic Trainspotting. Why not take the chance to climb Ben Nevis? Fort William station is just a ten-minute walk from the tourist route, and you can climb it in 3-5 hours.


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The Hogwarts Express:

You may recognise the Glenfinnan Viaduct from the Harry Potter franchise; this is where the ‘Hogwarts Express’ known as the Jacobite in the muggle world was filmed. During certain months you can board the Jacobite for a magical journey.


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Whilst travelling by rail is not advised at the moment, if you’re planning a rail adventure once the restrictions have lifted make sure you get the cheapest train tickets with NationalRail.com. To save money on tickets check out our money saving tips.