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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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Real Railway Experience

A brilliant travel experience, with genuine 1950s style travel through wonderful scenery. Unlike many of the preserved lines where big shiny main line engines chug slowly along... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michael Y
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A brilliant travel experience, with genuine 1950s style travel through wonderful scenery. Unlike many of the preserved lines where big shiny main line engines chug slowly along with a few coaches in a totally artificial world this is a real working railway. The engines pull a real load and due to the switchback nature of the route have to be... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We caught the regular train from where we were staying in Glenfinnan (see separate reviews) to Mallaig and inspected/caiught the train from there to Port William, The soot entering the carriage was reassuring and the scenary often spectacular, most especially Glenfinnan viaduct and the series of Caledonian canal locks/Ben Nevis at the Fort William End. By the looks of the... More 

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Singapore River, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled from London Euston to Inverness in the summer. It's a great way to get your Scottish Highlands holiday started as you get to see some amazing scenery when you wake up in the morning. But the rooms are very basic, the dining carriage had limited seats, and breakfast was not great. Service on our way up to Scotland... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A dream come true... to traverse some of the most remote, inaccessible and untamed countryside in the UK... it certainly deserves the title of one of the most scenic railway journey in the world. From Glasgow's confined station we choof up to the first summit, then further along to a ledge alongside Loch Lomond, heading away from all human habitation... More 

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Bloomington, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whether you love Harry Potter or Steam Trains or beautiful scenery this is a lovely trip. The turn around in Mallaig is just long enough for lunch, you may want to rush for a table and do any site seeing after getting grub so you are not standing waiting. The town is not too large for a brief look around.... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took a lot of trouble to travel on this beautiful line (last time at least 20 years ago), basically a whole weekend with flights and hotels (from south west uk). I cannot tolerate long distance coaches. Cramped, no tea etc. And of course no toilet. And I WANTED TO SEE THE SCENERY OF THE RAIL LINE. So what joy... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We cane to Glasgow in fair part to take this trip, only to have Scotts rail cancel the train (bus replacement from fort William to ) at the last second. This was in the middle of summer, apparentley due to staff shortages.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

yes, scenic as written in so many reviews :) we have taken the "budget version", not the steam train - so nothing special (technically) about the train itself; we (with my 15y old son) traveled in the time of strike - so instead of our reserved train there was a bus announced. luckily we collected the tickets an evening before... More 

1 Thank kmarko
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Suppose to have enjoyed a weekend away looking at beautiful vista's from the comfort of a train from Glasgow to Mallaig, all we got was a cramped coach up and down. All because Scotrail had no one to take the train up to Mallaig on the Saturday 08:21 and they where on strike on the Sunday for the 10:10 train... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Lovely train journey with some stunning views especially over the viaduct. Some lovely walks at the end too. Check out the recommended and sign posted circular walks. Just perfect length between trains.

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