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West Highland Line

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The West Highland railway line runs from Glasgow to Fort William and is said to be amongst the world's most scenic train journeys.

In Gaelic the West Highland line is called "Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean" which translates to the slightly poetic "Iron Road to the Isles”

 

Completed in 1901, the West Highland Line took 21 years to build. The rail line’s existence suddenly opened up the Highlands to people trapped in smog covered industrial lowlands towns and cities, kicking off the tourist industry that thrives today. The new speedy form of transport connected highland communities and gave farmers the opportunity to move their livestock quickly across the country.

 

The line runs from Glasgow to Tyndrum where it splits, with one branch continuing to Fort William before turning toward Mallaig and crossing Glenfinnian Viaduct, while the other branch diverts from Tyndrum across to Oban. The line runs alongside the West Highland Way for much of the walk and offers the great opportunity to spot the highlights of your walk on the 4 hour train journey back to Glasgow. It has repeatedly been voted as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

 

 

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Fraser MacRae
Updated: June 14, 2019

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Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
10.9 km
3:00 h
105 m
148 m
14.9 km
4:30 h
271 m
321 m
14.9 km
4:30 h
271 m
321 m
29.1 km
9:00 h
592 m
463 m
21.6 km
6:00 h
343 m
349 m
30.5 km
9:00 h
548 m
529 m
20 km
6:00 h
253 m
325 m
29.5 km
9:00 h
486 m
326 m
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