Plockton, Highlands

Outdoors

However you experience this route - whether you go from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness, or the other way round - travelling along the Kyle Line is simply unforgettable. From the window, witness formidable jagged peaks, dense sweeping forests, wild hillsides and sparkling lochs. We say, sit back and enjoy the ride!

Passing by a scattering of pleasant rural villages and spectacular Highland scenery, the line offers a fantastic couple of hours of rail travel and is also a great option when it comes to travelling to or from the Isle of Skye. You can make the journey as part of a wider Scottish adventure using the Spirit of Scotland Travelpass, weaving through the country and exploring Scotland's enchanting islands.

Transport

Bus Walk

Days

1

Miles

93

Route

Following the Kyle Line, departing from Kyle of Lochalsh, heading across Wester Ross to Inverness.

Highlights

Pretty Highland villages, mountainous scenery, tranquil lochs, beautiful gardens, city attractions, traditional music.

Areas Covered

North west

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Day 1

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If starting at Kyle of Lochalsh, it won't be long before you make your first stop to the pretty village of Plockton. Back on the train, it's time to soak up the scenery which includes the mighty Torridon Peak, Achnashellach Forest, Ben Wyvis and the small lochs Achanalt and a' Chuilinn, as well as lush farmland as you get closer to Inverness, the city known as the Highland capital. 
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Plockton, Highlands

Plockton

From the train station it's about a ten minute walk to the village centre. Situated in a sheltered bay of Loch Carron, Plockton is picture-perfect. In the summer months, you can take a boat trip on the sea loch and discover an array of wildlife wonders, from elusive otters to sleek herons - and the promise of seeing a seal comes with a money-back guarantee!

Afterwards (or alternatively), take a stroll. The coastline of the village begs to be explored, with its beautiful shoreline of fine white sand. A walk to the bay known as Coral beach is well worth it for anyone who wants to enjoy some fresh sea air and stretch their legs.

Attadale Garden

Should the timetable permit it, consider a stop at Attadale for a visit to the gardens. Attadale Estate opens its door to the public between Easter and October, and you can explore acres of spectacular greenery and flora. Wander around the water gardens, spot hidden outdoor sculptures, see the giant, 35 ft wide sundial, or follow the rhododendron walk to see some stunning, colourful blooming bushes. It's a horticulturist's paradise!

Inverness

Regardless of whether it is day or night, it's always very pleasant to walk along the banks of the River Ness and explore the Ness Islands, a series of small wooded islands connected by footbridge. If you've got a few hours to fill during the day, you could visit the Inverness Botanic Gardens or the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, two of the city's great attractions.

In the evening, you might catch some live folk and traditional music at pubs such as Hootanannay or Gellions Bar, and enjoy a large glass of your favourite tipple (that'll be Scotch whisky, of course!) and some toe-tapping tunes. You could also check out city's events at arts and music venues, such as the Ironworks and Eden Court Theatre.

Looking for the next step in your adventure? Then consider taking the Far North Line to see the north of Scotland - and maybe even venture from the mainland to the Orkney Isles! Or, plan a day out to explore Loch Ness.

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