Travel the West Highland Railway – one of the world’s greatest train journeys

the west highland railway

Just a 1 hour scenic drive from our English language Homestay on the edge of the Scottish Highlands is the small village of Crianlarich. From there, it’s a stunning 3.5 hour train ride to the end of the line at the little fishing village of Mallaig in the north of Scotland.

I did this trip a month ago, and loved every beautiful second of it.

The train heads across the isolated wilderness of Rannoch Moor – a journey you can’t make by car. Alongside beautiful lakes and hills and across the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct that many of you will have seen in the Harry Potter films. And finally along Scotland’s glorious western coastline, with views of the Islands of Rum and Eigg.

west highland railway
west highland railway
west highland railway

In Mallaig, you can take a boat trip to see the local wildlife. We saw lots of seals and 2 porpoises. You may also see sea eagles, whales and dolphins. The views are magnificent.

west highland railway

There was time for lunch too – Mallaig has some good eating places, and you can try the local seafood. Then back on the train, where we watched the sun set over Rannoch Moor. Magically, dotted over the moor in the dusk we saw a herd of deer, including a majestic stag with giant antlers.

This is the most thrilling day I’ve spent in Scotland. I hope you can experience it too!

west highland railway

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