Tyndrum (Taigh an Droma) is a small village which has developed as a popular tourist stop with cafes, restaurants, shops, bars, hotel, campsite, bunkhouse and bed and breakfasts. There is also a tourist office.
Upper Tyndrum station is an unstaffed halt on the Glasgow-Fort William line high above the village. (It was renamed from "Tyndrum Upper" to avoid confusion with "Tyndrum Lower" station on the Oban line).
The West Highland Way long distance footpath passes through Tyndrum.
Gold is mined at Cononish, two miles from the village.
Picture below has been taken from the train window as the train approaches Upper Tyndrum Station. The mountain is Ben Lui (Beinn Laoigh translates as Calf Mountain). The train climbs gradually above the road on the long ascent to the Tyndrum summit. Below and beyond the road and the first band of trees the Oban section of the West Highland Lines leads to Tyndrum Lower Station. Many of the service trains and all winter services run as a combined Oban and Fort William/Mallaig service from Glasgow and divide/couple together at Crianlarich. Passengers on either line can often observe the 'other half' of their train across the valley.
North bound Alumina train crosses the lower Auch Viaduct, 6km north of Upper Tyndrum Station, headed by a Class 66 locomotive.
4-Carraige 156 DMU Glasgow - Fort William summer service in Strath Fillan, approaching Upper Tyndrum Station.
K4, The Great Marquess, heading the Railway Touring Company's 'West Highlander' rail tour to Mallaig on Saturday 26th September 2009. The locomotive was designed by Gresley specifically for the North British line from Glasgow to Mallaig. The line imposes real challenges because of the steep gradients, tight curves and limited allowable axle weight. The K4 has 3 cylinders, a 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, 200psi boiler and a 36,598lb tractive effort. No 61994 entered service in 1938 (original LNER no. 3442) and is the only K4 in preservation. The locomotive is owned by John Cameron and located in Scotland at Thornton.
Mallaig is the terminus of the West Highland line extension, opened in 1901, and is situated on a rocky hillside beside the Sound of Sleat, with views across the sea to Skye and the Small Islands.
Mallaig is a fishing village and the ferry port for Skye and the Small Islands of Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna. There is also a ferry from Mallaig to Loch Nevis, and the village of Inverie which can only be reached by sea. There are hotels, bar/restaurants and local shops in Mallaig.
There are four trains every weekday (fewer on Sundays). Mallaig is also the terminus for the Jacobite steam train from Fort William in summer.
An aerial view of the Mallaig rail terminus and ferry terminal. A harbour scene. Click images to enlarge
Arisaig is Britain's most westerly mainland station.
A summer ferry service sails daily from the marina to the Small Islands of Eigg, Rum and Muck. There is a hotel with restaurant/bar, a shop, a post office and a cafe in the village.
Arisaig stands at the edge of Loch nan Ceall (Church Loch). There are many off-shore islands which provide great seal and birdwatching opportunities. The westward sea views from the shore to the Small Isles of Rhum, Muck, and Eigg are among the best in Scotland, especially when viewed against the spectacular sunsets which are a regular feature of the west coast of Scotland.
Arisaig Bay looking over to the mountains of Rum with the Island of Eigg on the left.
Morar has a famous silver sandy beach which featured in the film "Local Hero". Loch Morar is the deepest freshwater loch in Britain.
The Jacobite steam train approaches Morar Station with the part of the silver sands in view.
Beasdale is a request stop that was originally a private halt built to serve the nearby Arisaig House. Its former station building is no longer in railway use but is maintained as a holiday home.
Though just comprising a single platform in a dramatic woodland setting, there was a short goods siding at Beasdale until the late 1980s.