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West Highland Line

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The West Highland Line runs from Glasgow to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig in the Highlands of Scotland.

The total length of the journey is 164 miles, with the West Highland Line running along Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Loch Etive, passing through the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland, including the wild and moody Rannoch Moor.

The line from Glasgow to Mallaig crosses the world’s first concrete rail viaduct at Glenfinnan (immortalised in the Harry Potter films).

Places of interest: on the route: Glen Coe, Ben Lomond, Glen Falloch, Corrour Station.

At Corrour Summit, you are 1350 feet above sea level - the highest point on the line. Ben Nevis looms ahead and at over 4400 feet, Ben Nevis is Britain's highest mountain. Further on to the left, are the white sands of Morar, with the Atlantic waves rolling in just before journey's end at Mallaig.

At Mallaig, absorb the views over to Skye, across Loch Nevis to Knoydart, and to Rum and Eigg. Enjoy the deep, clean air and relax in the heart of one of Europe's most delightful areas.

A line for all seasons - the first sod of earth on the route was cut with a silver spade in October 1889. Travel over it today and you will come to understand why so many visitors have fallen in love with it since.

Once again the West Highland Line has been voted the world’s best rail journey, ahead of the Orient Express and Trans-Siberian Express!

The stations where you can join the West Highland Line in the Glasgow and Loch Lomond area are:

  •  Glasgow Queen Street (High Level)
  •  Westerton (limited stop)
  •  Dalmuir
  •  Dumbarton Central
  •  Helensburgh Upper
  •  Garelochhead
  •  Arrochar & Tarbet
  •  Ardlui
  •  Crianlarich
  •  Tyndrum Lower (for trains to Oban)
  •  Upper Tyndrum (for trains to Fort William and Mallaig)

The service is operated by ScotRail and you can view the timetable by clicking here.

Sleeper services also operate on the West Highland Line between Fort William and London Euston, calling at Upper Tyndrum, Crianlarich, Ardlui, Arrochar & Tarbet, Garelochhead, Helensburgh Upper and Dumbarton Central before continuing to London. This service is operated by Serco Caledonian Sleeper and its timetable can be viewed here.

Go on visit Loch Lomond and take the West Highland Line.


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