Travel coast to coast across the Highlands, in the shadows of mountains and forests, beside bright lochs and wide open moors.
Just outside Inverness lies Dingwall, a pretty market town that’s perfect for a stop off or a connection to the Far North Line. From there, the train takes you past lochs and moors as you make your way through the Highlands. Look out for one of the most distinctive mountain ranges in Scotland, the Torridon Peaks, looming out of the north. On the final stretch of the journey, the train picks its way along the coast south to Loch Alsh.
See the Torridon Peaks and Ben Wyvis (an isolated mountain visible between Muir of Ord and Dingwall)
Stop off at Plockton to see its beautiful bay, used for scenes in The Wicker Man
Explore 20 acres of Scottish Highland garden at Attadale Gardens
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Car parking is available at Inverness Station (IV2 3PY).
There are rail connections to each of Scotland's seven cities. The rail network links many of towns and villages across the country with main lines running north and south through the east and west. For more information visit: www.scotrail.co.uk.
Four main operators, First, Stagecoach, Lothian Buses and National Express, and a number of independent operators, run local bus services in Scotland between the main cities, towns and villages.
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Take the train from Edinburgh Waverley to Inverness. Trains are frequent and take approximately 3 hours 45 minutes. Look up times.
The train leaves Inverness to glide along the southern bank of the Beauly Firth, through Dingwall and on to Garve – keep an eye out for Ben Wyvis just after Dingwall, a huge isolated mountain to the north.
From there the line crosses the wild Highland mountainscape between Lochs Luichart and Carron. Look out for the Torridon Peaks on the western side: you can’t miss the great hulk of rock in the distance.
At the other end of Loch Carron you’ll find Plockton. Stop off to explore the pretty town – complete with palm trees – then spot the locations used for BBC series Hamish Macbeth, and The Wicker Man.
And on the last stretch towards Kyle of Lochalsh, the views of Skye are spectacular.