Travel Postcard: 48 hours in the Scottish Highlands

Fri May 10, 2013 5:56am EDT
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By Mark Meadows

FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (Reuters) - Often voted the world's greatest train journey, the voyage from Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig in the Scottish highlands defies superlatives thanks to its stunning views and wild landscapes.

Several of the stations have no villages to accompany them, they are just stopping off points for hikers or skiers. But it is not all wilderness, with Fort William a decent-sized town packed with food and drink options.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a weekend trip in the area.


12:21 p.m. - Don't even think about driving, the train is the only way to go on the near four-hour trip from Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William. Just sit back, relax and take in the breathtaking scenery (

Glasgow - the perfect arrival point by air - is a large industrial city but still has its charms, especially George Square adjacent to the train station. Pick up some snacks for your journey nearby.

The modest train heads out of the city and along the Clyde river before turning and heading into the mountains, passing the famously idyllic Loch Lomond.

2:30 p.m. - Grab a drink from the frequent trolley which makes its way through the carriages as the train rattles past evocative sounding stations like Bridge of Orchy and Corrour, the highest railway station in Britain.   Continued...

A bagpiper plays in central Glasgow May 14, 2007. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo