If you are interested in Steam Trains the West Coast Railways is described as the greatest railway journey in the world. The journey is a 84 mile round trip. It starts in Fort William near the highest mountain in Britain Ben Nevis, goes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct (seen in the Harry Potter Films), visits the most westerly mainland station in Britain (Arisaig), passes by the deepest freshwater loch and the shortest river in Britain Loch Morar/River Morar and arrives next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis.
The train journey ends in Mallaig, a working fishing port.
Fort William were the journey starts is the largest town in the Highlands and situated at the south end of the Great Glen and lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis.
Glenfinnan Viaduct was made famous in the Harry Potter films which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. The train stops in Glenfinnan to allow you to visit the West Highland Railway Museum based in the restored station building.
The train will also stop at Arisaig by request to the guard. Arisaig means ‘Safe Place’ in gaelic and is sheltered on the shore of Loch nan Ceall (Loch of the Cells). From Arisaig you can take a ferry to the Small Isles (Eigg, Muck and Rum). Local Highland Games take place at Traigh Farm on the last Wednesday in July.
Mallaig was founded during the 1840s when Lord Lovat the owner of the North Morar Estate, divided up the farm and encouraged his tenants living round Loch Morar and Loch Nevis to resettle in what became Mallaig and established a fishing village.
Mallaig is now a busy fishing port and ferry terminal with services to Skye and the Small Isles. There is a approximately an hour and a half to enjoy Mallaig before boarding the train back to Fort William. The town has shops, bars, restaurants and fish and chips shops to enjoy.