Also known as 'the Iron Road to the Isles', a journey on
the West Highland Line is an epic rail adventure
that takes passengers through some of the world's most beautiful
and dramatic landscapes. In fact the line has twice been voted the
world's best rail journey by readers of Wanderlust magazine.
Running from Glasgow's Queen Street station, the train runs
through the city's outskirts and on to Helensburgh. From here the
train begins its ascent into the famous Highlands.
Soon the train skirts the beautiful Loch Long, followed by the
immense Loch Lomond, as it makes its way up the ever-increasing
gradients. The journey continues alongside the Loch - Britain's
largest body of inland water - whilst winding through pretty wooden
Continuing northward through charming isolated villages, the
train then climbs more than 500 feet (150 m) in just five miles,
before arriving at the tiny hamlet Crianlarich. Here
the West Highland Line splits into two branches.
One continues to Fort William and Mallaig, the other heads west to