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West Highland Line to Oban or Fort William from £10 return @ thetrainline.com
West Highland Line to Oban or Fort William from £10 return @ thetrainline.com

West Highland Line to Oban or Fort William from £10 return @ thetrainline.com

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Scotland’s wild and wonderful west coast is yours to experience and savour when you take a trip on the West Highland Line. The line splits some 40 miles north of its starting point in Glasgow and offers two wonderful trips, carrying travellers either across to the west coast and Oban, or northward to Fort William.

Journey time
Glasgow to Oban - approx 3 hours 20 minutes
Glasgow to Fort William - approx 3 hours 50 minutes
The route
Leaving Glasgow, you’ll be amazed by how quickly the urban landscape is replaced by lush glens, soaring hills and tranquil, contemplative lochs.
You’ll skirt along the banks of the River Clyde, passing Dumbarton and Helensburgh before following the Gare Loch to the town which bears its name. The route then turns inland again, travelling by Loch Long towards a rendezvous with the northern edges of Loch Lomond.
You’ll be able to take in wonderful south-facing views across the water as you make the short hop to the north east and Crianlarich where the line divides.

Westward to Oban...
Through the stunning Glen Lochy, you’ll pass Kilchurn Castle as you begin a scenic sweep along the north edge of Loch Awe, an edge defined by Ben Cruachan’s imposing majesty. As you leave the loch behind, the track will take you along the banks of the River Awe, and towards Loch Etive, along whose southern shore you’ll complete your journey. Passing the town of Connel you’ll see the Falls of Lora as Etive narrows and the sea tides are compressed into frothing rapids. And then beyond the Connel Bridge and to Oban itself, where ferries await to transport you across the sea to the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

...or North to Mallaig
Striking upwards from Crianlarich you’ll find no shortage of spectacle, with the remarkable Horseshoe Curve bending dramatically to the east and west before resuming the northward journey.
Bridge of Orchy offers sightseers a gateway to Loch Tulla to the north, which your train will pass before traversing the incredible emptiness of Rannoch Moor, a wild open space with great hills and mountains on all sides. You’ll pass the UK’s highest altitude train station in Corrour (scene of one of the most famous scenes featuring Ewan McGregor and friends in Trainspotting), savour the views along the length of Loch Treig and then turn sharply west towards Fort William, which you’ll reach after passing to the north of the towering Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak.

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joemugg

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This is a brilliant trip, which I do every couple of years. £5 each way tickets are limited availability – when they’re gone, I believe the next tier is £7.50. Railcard discounts apply, so us oldies can do Glasgow to Mallaig for £6.60 return. It’s a great day out – dep Glasgow 0806 arr Mallaig 1334; dep Mallaig d 1605 arr Glasgow 2137.

It’s not a Trainline promotion – the tickets are available from all ticket retailers. Why not buy direct from Scotrail and avoid The Trainline’s charges?

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pscotty

This is a brilliant trip, which I do every couple of years. £5 each way … This is a brilliant trip, which I do every couple of years. £5 each way tickets are limited availability – when they’re gone, I believe the next tier is £7.50. Railcard discounts apply, so us oldies can do Glasgow to Mallaig for £6.60 return. It’s a great day out – dep Glasgow 0806 arr Mallaig 1334; dep Mallaig d 1605 arr Glasgow 2137.It’s not a Trainline promotion – the tickets are available from all ticket retailers. Why not buy direct from Scotrail and avoid The Trainline’s charges?



There are no charges if you collect tickets from local station before travelling

pscotty

This is a brilliant trip, which I do every couple of years. £5 each way … This is a brilliant trip, which I do every couple of years. £5 each way tickets are limited availability – when they’re gone, I believe the next tier is £7.50. Railcard discounts apply, so us oldies can do Glasgow to Mallaig for £6.60 return. It’s a great day out – dep Glasgow 0806 arr Mallaig 1334; dep Mallaig d 1605 arr Glasgow 2137.It’s not a Trainline promotion – the tickets are available from all ticket retailers. Why not buy direct from Scotrail and avoid The Trainline’s charges?



So you get a couple of hours and then have to head home, hardly a day out is it?

It may not be your idea of a grand day out, but it is mine!

muffboy

So you get a couple of hours and then have to head home, hardly a day out … So you get a couple of hours and then have to head home, hardly a day out is it?



If you're of the type that likes a trip through a beautiful part of the world with lovely scenery, yes it is. If you're the impatient halfwit sort, then maybe not...

Cracking price, all the way to Mallaig for a fiver. Amazing!

I booked this other week at this price via ScotRail website for a trip in February. Bargain price. Also added two bike reservations at no extra cost.

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muffboy

So you get a couple of hours and then have to head home, hardly a day out … So you get a couple of hours and then have to head home, hardly a day out is it?



5hrs 30mins x 2 does not equal a couple of hours! Muffboy...I can think of a name more relevant

yorxman

5hrs 30mins x 2 does not equal a couple of hours! Muffboy...I can think … 5hrs 30mins x 2 does not equal a couple of hours! Muffboy...I can think of a name more relevant



arr Mallaig 1334; dep Mallaig d 1605 equates to 2 hours and 31 minutes unless I am mistaken?
I would not class 5.5 hours each way stuck on a train as any part of a day out, the rest of you are obviously dreaded trainspotters or something even more sinister.

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muffboy

arr Mallaig 1334; dep Mallaig d 1605 equates to 2 hours and 31 minutes … arr Mallaig 1334; dep Mallaig d 1605 equates to 2 hours and 31 minutes unless I am mistaken?I would not class 5.5 hours each way stuck on a train as any part of a day out, the rest of you are obviously dreaded trainspotters or something even more sinister.


The deal is about the journey & NOT the destination ffs & has nowt to do with trainspotting apart from the fact that one of the stations on route was in the original film!

yorxman

The deal is about the journey & NOT the destination ffs & has nowt to do … The deal is about the journey & NOT the destination ffs & has nowt to do with trainspotting apart from the fact that one of the stations on route was in the original film!



I can get cheaper return tickets elsewhere if I want to spend hours and hours on a train as a "day out" so I have to vote this one cold I'm afraid.

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yorxman

5hrs 30mins x 2 does not equal a couple of hours! Muffboy...I can think … 5hrs 30mins x 2 does not equal a couple of hours! Muffboy...I can think of a name more relevant


Muff diver?

U could get accommodation and stay overnight?

Oh Muffboy you are special.
Great deal. Hot

Brilliant journey, Scottish highland scenery at it's best. Voted hot from me

pscotty

This is a brilliant trip, which I do every couple of years. £5 each way … This is a brilliant trip, which I do every couple of years. £5 each way tickets are limited availability – when they’re gone, I believe the next tier is £7.50. Railcard discounts apply, so us oldies can do Glasgow to Mallaig for £6.60 return. It’s a great day out – dep Glasgow 0806 arr Mallaig 1334; dep Mallaig d 1605 arr Glasgow 2137.It’s not a Trainline promotion – the tickets are available from all ticket retailers. Why not buy direct from Scotrail and avoid The Trainline’s charges?


Cheers for the tip , can get two singles each way for only £3.30 each way with a two together card - unbelievable price for the length of journey.

Just so beautiful. Also worth doing is the far north line from Inverness to Kyle of lochalsh

What a fantastic find, yorxman!

Would be ideal for a short stay in Oban.

I was searching for some dates for myself along with a couple of nights stay, I'll share one example:

Friday 3rd March depart Glasgow Queen Street 10:37 arrive Oban 13:43 - £5.00 each - scotrail.co.uk
Friday 3rd March 2 nights Blair Villa B&B - £100 for 2 sharing a double room including breakfast - booking.com
Sunday 5th March depart Oban 12:11 arrive Glasgow Queen Street 15:28 - £5.00 each - scotrail.co.uk
Total: £120 for 2

The scenery looks unreal, perfect for getting away from it all for a couple of days.
Edited by: "cmac20" 18th Jan

its a steal for the price.
oban is awesome

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cmac20

What a fantastic find, yorxman!Would be ideal for a short stay in Oban.I … What a fantastic find, yorxman!Would be ideal for a short stay in Oban.I was searching for some dates for myself along with a couple of nights stay, I'll share one example:Friday 3rd March depart Glasgow Queen Street 10:37 arrive Oban 13:43 - £5.00 each - scotrail.co.ukFriday 3rd March 2 nights Blair Villa B&B - £100 for 2 sharing a double room including breakfast - booking.comSunday 5th March depart Oban 12:11 arrive Glasgow Queen Street 15:28 - £5.00 each - scotrail.co.ukTotal: £110 for 2The scenery looks unreal, perfect for getting away from it all for a couple of days.



Exactly what we are doing that week: Glasgow-FW, Travelodge above Wetherspoons on the High Street £35 per night!

SLIM_JIM

Cheers for the tip , can get two singles each way for only £3.30 each way … Cheers for the tip , can get two singles each way for only £3.30 each way with a two together card - unbelievable price for the length of journey.


What dates did you get that price?

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tonypop

What dates did you get that price?



Midweek travel mid Feb to mid March for best deals at the moment

yorxman

Midweek travel mid Feb to mid March for best deals at the moment


Cheers pal

Good enough for Portillo. And Palin is a fan too.
Edited by: "airdsuk" 18th Jan

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BrianSewell

Muff diver?



See you next Tuesday...if you know what I mean?!!

I usually use takethetrain.com to avoid nasty booking fees.


Perfect, always wanted to take this trip so a wee midweek day out up the west highland line. Thanks very much OP!
Edited by: "ScotlandtheDave" 18th Jan

£10 well spent , fab journey on the west highland line to fort bill, just wish it was engine and coaches .....

Why has the OP linked to the Trainline when it's cheaper to book direct with Scotrail on their own website as unlike the Trainline they don't charge booking fees? You'd be best off using melissathomas's link rahter than the OP's.

scotrail.co.uk/sco…aig

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UncleWilly

Why has the OP linked to the Trainline when it's cheaper to book direct … Why has the OP linked to the Trainline when it's cheaper to book direct with Scotrail on their own website as unlike the Trainline they don't charge booking fees? You'd be best off using melissathomas's link rahter than the OP's.https://www.scotrail.co.uk/scotland-by-rail/great-scenic-rail-journeys/west-highland-line-glasgow-oban-and-fort-williammallaig



& I already explained that there are NO booking fees when you collect from your local station

yorxman

& I already explained that there are NO booking fees when you collect … & I already explained that there are NO booking fees when you collect from your local station



Doesn't seem like that to me.

Total price £10.75 including 75p booking fee when I tried collect at station.

yorxman

There are no charges if you collect tickets from local station before … There are no charges if you collect tickets from local station before travelling



yorxman

& I already explained that there are NO booking fees when you collect … & I already explained that there are NO booking fees when you collect from your local station



Repeating the same crap doesn't make it accurate.

Trainline ALWAYS CHARGE a booking fee unless it's tickets for same day travel!
The train companies don't usually charge and sometimes even have their own special offers.

Edited by: "wildecat" 24th Jan

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wildecat

Repeating the same crap doesn't make it accurate. Trainline ALWAYS … Repeating the same crap doesn't make it accurate. Trainline ALWAYS CHARGE a booking fee unless it's tickets for same day travel!The train companies don't usually charge and sometimes even have their own special offers.



Another one who posts nothing but has plenty to say, see you next Tuesday

yorxman

Another one who posts nothing but has plenty to say, see you next Tuesday



See you next Tuesday yourself.
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