West Highland Line
Scotland, United Kingdom
West Highland Line Reviews
DO THIS. Sep 20, 2010
If you happen to be in the Glasgow area, and you're thinking about a trip to the Highlands, I highly recommend making a train trip on something called the 'West Highland Line'.
It is an incredibly scenic route, with all sorts of beautiful and desolate scenery you expect to see in the Scottish Highlands.
My trip started in Glasgow, from Queen Street station, and went through the Trossachs, ending in Fort William, on a 'regular' train. I spent the night in a hotel in Fort William, and then continued on the next day, on a train ride from Fort William to Mallaig, but this time, I took the Jacobite, which is a steam train.
The scenery is absolutely amazing. Sometimes the windows fog up, making it a bit hard to see, but the solution to this is to make sure you open the window, even if it is raining a bit. You'll likely have to do a bit of negotiating for position at the window with your seatmates to take pictures, but I was lucky enough to be sitting with some pretty congenial people, so it all worked out. However, even if your photo opportunities are minimal, the sights will be indelibly burned into your brain. It is the Scottish Highlands at their most breathtaking.
If you can afford the experience at all (it isn't cheap, but I figured it's a once in a lifetime experience)... do it. You won't regret it!
Part of the Scotland, September 2010 travel blog
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