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West Highland Line

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Address: Fort William PH33 6WX, Scotland
Phone Number: 0845 601 5929

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A rail trip for the lifetime list

The train, from Glasgow to Fort William (or Oban) has spectacular scenery along lochs, over peat bogs and across desolate moors.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The train, from Glasgow to Fort William (or Oban) has spectacular scenery along lochs, over peat bogs and across desolate moors.

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Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Well, I was looking forward for this train, unfortunately it is much better in the Harry Potter movies, then in the real life, at least at the beginning of April. Everything is still grey and dark, the Glennfinnan-Viadukt impresses only by his dimensions, but is quite depressive view otherwise. If I hadn't seen this landscapes in movies, I would be... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The wooden coffee stirrers on the Glasgow to Mallaig train are surprisingly thick. As we wend our way through the yet to emerge rhododendrons our necks feel like we are watching a tennis match. On each meander of track we view lough, snow capped mountain, heather, wild life, bracken heather, nuclear submarines, heather, moss, heather and moss. It is stunning,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The route between Fort William and Mallaig is absolutely stunning. The Glenfinnan viaduct and surrounding area is breathtaking. I'm no photographer, but even I managed to get some stunning photographs. Mallaig itself I find disappointing but don't let that put you off going on this journey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I agree with Patrick C, as I also worked on this line many years and I found it breath taking every time I seen it. My heart is in the highlands

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Kilwinning, Scotland, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I was a maintenance engineer on the West Highland Line for over 18 years, covering the area from Rannoch to Malaig on the West Coast. To this day I reflect on the most beautiful part of our Country. I loved the change of scenery from moor to mountains to lochs. I have nothing but happy memories of that time in... More 

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Arisaig, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Scotrail is very very very unreliable. Thanks to scotrail my plans to go to glasgow have been ruined. i was left standing at a cold station for ages as no train came. To find out later there was a bus in replacement which didn't even come up to the station. It would be a good idea if they thought of... More 

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Hermanus, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Only went as far as Fort William but enjoyed the countryside especially on the way back with snow all over the mountains. Saw lots of Red Deer near the railway line. Definitely worth doing. Next time I will go all the way to Malliag.

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Hagen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

If you want to enjoy the scenery without paying too much,than i recommend common Train instead of the Jacobite.I've paid only 14.40 Pounds for a Return-Ticket,and the Train takes the same Route and slows down at the Glenfinnan Viaduct,so everyone can Take Pictures. I went to Mallaig on a sunny Day and the Scenery was absolutely stunning.The Train stays at... More 

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Wigton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Went from Fort William to Mallaig 4th November. Absolutely amazing journey, weather was perfect. The return journey caught the sunset over Arisaig and out to Rum and Eigh. The most amazing colours I've ever seen and I live in the Lakes! The Glenfinnan viaduct is just a small part of this journey. The journey was a long held dream for... More 

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