Glenfinnan Viaduct

West Highland Line: Rail & Hike

Explore the Scottish Highlands by train and on foot. Combine a walk along the UK's most famous national trail, the West Highland Way, with one of the 'World's Best Train Journeys' as you travel through Scotland's western Highlands.

This rail and hike adventure will take you passed mountains, forests, lochs and glens, including a boat trip on Loch Lomond, before reaching Fort William at the foot of Britain's tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. A fitting finale to your trip is a train ride on the 'Jacobite' steam train, also known as the 'Hogwarts Express'. Mallaig is the gateway to the Isle of Skye and a temptation for further adventures.
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recommended route Difficulty
Distance 14.7 km
Duration 4:12 h
Ascent 330 m
Descent 187 m

From the Ardleish passenger ferry drop-off on the east side of Loch Lomond follow Scotland's most famous long-distance trail north to reach the ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Distance 21.6 km
Duration 5:51 h
Ascent 343 m
Descent 349 m

Follow the West Highland Way through lush forests, then emerge onto open ground at the feet of mountains and continue to the remotely situated ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Distance 23.3 km
Duration 5:49 h
Ascent 49 m
Descent 110 m

From Spean Bridge pass by the Commando Memorial onto Gairlochy where you will follow the Caledonian Canal via Neptune’s Staircase along the Great ...

from Fraser MacRae,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail
Ben Nevis
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 16.3 km
Duration 8:30 h
Ascent 1,326 m
Descent 1,326 m

A strenuous walk up Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis (1344m), beginning on the valley slopes of Glen Nevis.  

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 3.9 km
Duration 1:23 h
Ascent 105 m
Descent 105 m

A short walk from Glen Nevis to the spectacular Steall Falls.  

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd