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West Highland Line

Through rolling hills, past snow-capped mountains, across viaducts and bridges, and amidst peaceful heather moorlands, the West Highland Line unravels the secrets of Scotland's wild beauty one mile at a time. The train travels over 160 miles on a course from the bustling city of Glasgow, on the country's interior, to the sleepy fishing village of Mallaig on the Atlantic Coast. Much of the scenery along the route remains untouched and is nearly identical to what the first travelers would have seen when the rail line was built in the late 19th century.

ScotRail trains operate on the West Highland Line, ensuring each experience is filled with all the comfort and convenience for which the brand is known. Riders may select from airline-style seats that face forward or backward or choose to be seated at a table. Expansive windows line the cabins and allow guests to soak in all the amazing scenery to come in the Scottish Highlands. While there are not separate service classes, there is a Quiet Car that guests can select for their trip. Light meals, snacks, and drinks are available for purchase from the snack trolley that attendants push through the carriages. Heartier options, like sandwiches, join chocolate bars, bags of chips, and even beer and wine on the menu. Modern amenities, like Wi-Fi and power sockets, join the other onboard offerings.

The West Highland Line operates throughout the year, showcasing seasonal perspectives on the scenery. There is something ethereal that overtakes the remote landscapes when they are covered in a blanket of fresh snow - something refreshing about the glens and valleys all anew in the spring green. Six trains depart daily for the journey between Glasgow and Oban, and there are three daily trains between Glasgow and Fort William/Mallaig.

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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
14 Nov 2023
LOMMEL, JODEEN ANN
5 stars
“Sandra Neep is a wonderful Tour Manager as she can Pivot quickly!!! We had our train canceled from Inverness to Edinburgh and she we to each group to discuss this, she's a Pro!!! The final Dinner was a perfect way to send us home with so cherished Memories!!!
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Edinburgh, the Highlands & St Andrews
23 Sep 2023
MITCHELL, PAMELA
5 stars
“Exceeded all expectations!! We loved it all!.. great itinerary,and fabulous Tour manager…Roger!! He was ALWAYS positive,enthusiastic and knowledgeable!!! The Best!!
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Grand Tour of the UK
20 Nov 2023
CJ
4 stars
“The Grand Tour of the UK included many interesting sights and informative day tours. It was certainly a worthwhile experience, and our Tour Manager was well-informed and very helpful. We did have some problems with baggage handling and lodging, but after the tour I contacted the Vacations By Rail Customer Service Manager and was able to receive appropriate compensation for the problems we encountered. I was glad to see that Vacations By Rail was responsive to our complaint.
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