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The West Highland Railway

The West Highland Line, which runs from Glasgow's Queen Street Station via Fort William to the port of Mallaig, is one of the most exciting and dramatic railway journeys in the world.
The southern part of the line travels from Glasgow along the Clyde estuary and up Loch Long before switching to the banks of Loch Lomond on its way to Crianlarich, where the train divides with one section heading for Oban. After climbing around Beinn Odhar on a unique horseshoe-shaped loop of viaducts, the line traverses desolate Rannoch Moor, where the trach had to be laid on a mattress of tree roots, brushwood and thousands of tons of earth and ashes. By this point the line has diverged from the road, and travels through country which can otherwise be reached only by long distance footpaths. The train then swiings into Glen Roy, pasing through the dramatic Monessie Gorge and entering Fort William from the northeast.
The second leg of the journey, form Fort William to Mallaig, is arguably even more spectacular, and from June to mid-October one of the scheduled services is pulled by the Jacobite Steam Train. Shortly after leaving Fort William the railway crosses the Caledonian Canal beside Neptune's Staircase by way of a swing bridge at Benavie, before travelling along the shores of Locheil and crossing the magnificent 21-arch viaduct at Glenfinnan. Not long afterwards the line reaches the coast, where there are unforgettable views of the Small Isles and Skye as it runs past the famous silver sands of Morar and up to Mallaig, where there are connections to the ferry which crosses to Armadale on Skye. 
The Jacobite Steam Train
Runs mid-May to October, Daily
Departs Fort William, 10.20 am
Departs Mallaig, 2.10 pm
Adult Day Return £30.00
Adult Single £22.50
Child Day Return £17.00
Child Single £13.00

1st Class
Adult Day Return £45.00
Adult Single £36.00
Child Day Return £22.50
Child Single £18.50
T +44 (0)1463 239026
Glasgow Station Address:
Glasgow Queen Street Rail Station
North Hanover Street
Glasgow City
G1 2AF
Scotland, UK

Opening Times:
Staffing Hours
Monday - Saturday 5.00am - 11.59pm
Sunday 6.30am - 11.59pm

Ticket Office
Monday - Saturday 5.00am - 11.55pm
Sunday 7.10am - 11.55pm

Reservation Hours
Monday - Friday 7.00am - 9.00pm
Saturday 5.00am - 11.45pm
Sunday 7.00am - 11.45pm

Reservation Hours
Reservations and advance bookings not available before 7.00am or after 9.00pm Monday - Friday inclusive

T  +44 (0)845 6015929

W  The West Highland Railway  

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