Friends of the West Highland Lines
The West Highland Lines, the Top Rail Journey in the World. Britain’s railways of superlatives which take you to the:
Highest mountain (Ben Nevis)
Largest loch (Loch Lomond)
Longest loch (Loch Awe)
Deepest loch (Loch Morar)
Highest mainline station (Corrour)
Most westerly station (Arisaig)
Gateway to the Hebrides (Oban & Mallaig)
Britain’s Outdoor Capital (Fort William)
The West Highland Lines are world-class railways making a major contribution to accessibility for residents, tourists and freight in this uniquely beautiful part of Scotland. ScotRail trains link the West Highlands with Glasgow and there is also an overnight Caledonian Sleeper linking Fort William and intermediate West Highland stations with London.
This website gives an introduction to the line, with pictures of the spectacular scenery brought to you by Norman McNab and others as attributed.
All pictures are copyright of the authors and must not be copied without permission. Click here for more photographic information and permissions.
News Flash – 11/01/2022 Seated accommodation is now available on the Caledonian Sleeper between Edinburgh and Fort William. Seats must be reserved through Caledonian Sleeper but tickets bought from ScotRail or other ticket sellers. According to Caledonian Sleeper website:- “These services are running on a reduced capacity to allow social distancing and to give you peace of mind when onboard. Day tickets are only available to buy a maximum of 7 days before travel and require a reservation – anyone who does not hold a reservation will not be able to travel. At this time, Caledonian Sleeper do not sell day tickets for these services, however, they are available to book directly via stations or other on-line retailers.”
Active Travel Coaches, designated the Highland Explorer, began in service 19 July on the Glasgow to Oban route. Full details on the ScotRail website
Good News The Autumn/Winter 2021 edition of the Society’s magazine ‘West Highland News Plus’ has now been published.
Receipt of this magazine, posted to your address, is reason enough to become a member of the ‘Friends of the West Highland Lines’. Otherwise copies can be obtained from the Editor, Doug Carmichael, for £4 plus £2 p&p – see CONTACT US page.
This edition includes coverage of the unveiling of the Red Wheel, sponsored by The Friends, at Falls of Cruachan, Part 3 of the Callander and Oban Railway, “On The Waterfront” as well as a wealth of high quality photographs including some drone shots.
This is the 10:10 Mallaig to Fort William/Glasgow Queen Street service passing the head of Loch Eilt west of Glenfinnan. Travelling on this ScotRail service may not have the romance of the Jacobite Steam Train and ‘Harry Potter’, but you travel the same route and have the additional bonus of viewing all the same wonderful scenery for a great price.
This Site includes Information on the History, Politics and Engineering features of the West Highland Lines, authored by railway historian, Dr John McGregor and railway author, Gordon Webster. Visitors should note that this is a developing feature of the site and information on these aspects is always being reviewed and added to.