More about the West Highland Line
To Fort William and Mallaig:
Shortly after leaving Crianlarich, trains reach one of the line's most dramatic points; the spectacular horseshoe curve viaduct, a glorious sweeping structure crossing the valley between the mountains. The route continues over the lofty, lonely Rannoch Moor, a magnificent expanse of land inhabited only by deer. Shortly afterwards the line reaches its peak at Corrour summit, 1,350 ft above sea level. The train then continues to Fort William. Set under the looming bulk of Ben Nevis, Fort William was the original terminus of the line, opening in 1894.
Trains then commence over the Mallaig Extension, which was completed in 1901. Covering the demanding terrain of this 39-mile stretch was a major feat of railway engineering. The journey continues over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct - known for its appearance in the Harry Potter films - as the line approaches the west coast, offering tantalising glimpses of the Small Isles in the distance. The journey's end is at Mallaig, a fishing town with a busy port and salty sea air, 164 miles from Glasgow.
After leaving Crianlarich, the Oban line passes through the beautiful Glen Lochy and passes the brooding ruins of Kilchurn Castle, which was historically a stronghold of the Glen Campbell. The train then continues through the rugged scenery, and passes through Taynuilt, an idyllic village on the shores of Loch Etive. After reaching the Falls of Laura and Glen Cruitten, the line descends towards the coast, terminating in Oban, a pretty town - and the gateway to the islands of Mull and Islay.