Plan your trip
Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Trains are frequent (look up times) and take approximately 1 hr 5 minutes.
Places to explore along the West Highland Line include:
The largest city in Scotland (and the third most populous in Britain) was once a thriving centre for ship building and has many interesting attractions on offer. Why not visit the beautiful Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, where you can see Dali’s famous Christ of St. John of the Cross; take a trip on the river Clyde either by waterbus or the Waverley paddle steamer; enjoy the wonders of the Science Centre; shop in the famous Barras market; make a day of it at the Riverside Museum built by Zaha Hadid.
Fort William is the outdoor capital of the UK and has numerous activities available. Try the gondola lift 2,000ft up Aonach Mor, climb Ben Nevis, visit the West Highland Museum or enjoy a dram at the Ben Nevis Whisky distillery. You can also travel on the famous Jacobite steam train – and follow in the tracks of the Hogwarts Express - to Mallaig.
The ‘Defender of the Realm’ is a unique stronghold built between twin peaks of volcanic rock and has foiled many attacks on Scotland – from Vikings to Nazis during the second World War – during its 1,500 year history . It is also thought that William Wallace may have been held here and legends tell of Merlin visiting in the 6th century.
WEST HIGHLAND WAY (96 miles)
The 154 km (96 mile) route starts at Milngavie passes through Mugdock Country Park, follows the shores of Loch Lomond by Ben Lomond, crossing Rannoch Moor, past Buachaille Etive Mor to the head of Glencoe, then climbing the Devil’s Staircase before descending to Loch Leven and Glen Nevis before finishing in Fort William. Apart from stations at either end of this famous trail, the path also passes close by Crianlarich and Tyndrum.
Climb the tower of the Jacobite Monument for a magnificent view down Loch Shiel. You can also visit the Station Museum and eat in style in the restored dining car. Or for a unique overnight stay, board at the converted Sleeping Car – it can accommodate up to 10 people.
Take the ferry across to Skye and the Small Isles or just enjoy the tranquillity of this quiet fishing port.