Scotland’s scenic routes

2 unforgettable highland journeys

steam train / west highland lineThe West Highlands Line travels from Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig.

One of the highlights of this route is the breathtaking curve of the 100 feet high Glenfinnan Viaduct. The viaduct itself is a monument, as it’s the first concrete viaduct ever built in Britain and has since become renowned for appearing in several of the blockbuster ‘Harry Potter’ films.

Once you arrive in Mallaig you will enjoy the harbor of this bustling fishing port.  An important ferry terminal for the romantic Isle of Skye, you can also take in the views over to Skye, across Loch Nevis to Knoydart, and to Rum and Eigg, which are other neighboring islands also accessible by ferry from Mallaig.

Visit Fort William and those active travelers can climb Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. You’ll get spectacular views of the Cairngorms, the peaks of Wester Ross and out over the sea to the Western Isles. And for those looking to socialize check out Ben Nevis distillery.

Landscape scene of Ben Nevis and Fort William, Ben Nevis, Highland, Scotland.The North Highlands Line travels from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and Wick/Thurso.

Inverness, meaning ‘mouth of the River Ness’, is a city in Northern Scotland which acts as the capital of the Highlands.  Two popular attractions include the historic Culloden Battlefield and the mystic monster of Loch Ness. The Northern Highlands line starts here, pulling out of Inverness over the fast flowing River Ness.

Kyle of Lochalsh is a great stop with a beautiful harbor offering pleasure cruises, wildlife cruises and fishing trips. Until a decade ago Kyle, was the main ferry port for Skye before the Skye road bridge was built. Frequent buses from Kyle cross over the bridge to Skye where you can take the ferry from Uig to the Western Isles.  Make sure to take a trip to see nearby Eilean Donan Castle – one of the most photogenic castles around!

At Georgemas Junction the line divides: North for Thurso and its port Scrabster, which serves Orkney, and east for the county town and former herring port of Wick.

The key to riding the Highland Lines is a BritRail Pass or BritRail Scottish Freedom Pass.

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