A Scotrail 156 Sprinter crossing Loch Awe near Dalmally

© Scotrail / Tony Hardley

West Highland Railway Line Itinerary

The West Highland Line is described as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world.

This train line runs from Glasgow north to Crianlarich. One route then goes west past Loch Awe to Oban, or north through Rannoch Moor to Fort William and Mallaig. Or you can do both!

This itinerary gives you ideas for things to do in the four main locations - Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig.

Look out for the Spirit of Scotland Travelpass for your train travel, which gives you 4 days unlimited travel for £149 or 8 days unlimited travel (over 15 days) for £189.

Start / Finish
Glasgow City Centre / Skye
  • Days
    4
  • Distance
    133.8 Miles

    214.08 km
  • Transport
    Train
  • Main theme
    Landscapes
Highlights
Fascinating museums
A ferry journey to an island
A mountain gondola
Beautiful Highland scenery
Areas covered
West

Day 1 Glasgow

Transport:
Train

Glasgow makes a perfect starting point with its great travel links to the rest of Scotland, the United Kingdom and indeed the world. It's tempting to hop straight on the train and head to the West Highlands but then you'd miss all the wonders of Glasgow! Take a day to see some of the city's highlights before you start your rail adventure. Consider taking the City Sightseeing Bus, which links these great attractions.

Plan a longer trip to Glasgow

  • Riverside Museum and Tall Ship Glasgow City Centre

    Riverside Museum

    The Riverside Museum is a visual feast - the building itself is one of the most striking modern buildings in Scotland. Inside, the museum houses all kinds of exhibits related to transport. Vehicles, bikes, and locomotives dating from different periods can be found. In addition, you can also explore the Clyde-built Tall Ship, which is berthed alongside the museum.

    Find out more about Riverside Museum and Tall Ship
    100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow City Centre, G3 8RS
    Key facilities
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets
    • Parking
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Glasgow West End

    Exterior of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Glasgow's trendy West End is home to Kelvingrove, a free museum packed with over 8,000 intriguing objects and artefacts. The museum houses an extraordinary collection of art, from the Dutch Old Masters and the French Impressionists, to perhaps its most famous piece, Christ of St John of the Cross by Salvador Dali.

    Find out more about Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
    Argyle Street, Glasgow West End, G3 8AG
    Key facilities
    • Hearing Loop
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets
    • Level Access
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
  • UNESCO City of Music Glasgow

    Glasgow Music City Tours showcase, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

    © VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

    Glasgow's reputation for live music is legendary; so much so that the city has been given UNESCO City of Music status.

    Why not catch a gig or a concert in one of its amazing venues? The OVO Hydro hosts all the big-name stars. You can experience roots, classical and world sounds at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, or see up-and-coming indie artists at the small but perfectly formed King Tut's Wah Wah Hut.

    Find out more about UNESCO City of Music
    Time to explore
    3 hours

Day 2 Oban

Transport:
Boat
Train

Board an early train and take the West Highland Line to Oban, a journey which reveals Scotland's great geographic contrasts. Along the way you'll travel alongside the River Clyde, through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, passing the hills and glens of Argyll, before finally ending up at this cheery seaside town where the train terminates.

  • McCaig's tower Oban

    McCaig's Tower, Oban

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Stretch your legs by taking the short climb from Oban town centre up to McCaig's Tower to admire the views across the bay and towards the isles. 

    Find out more about McCaig's tower
    Duncraggan Road, Oban, PA34 5DP
  • Oban Distillery Oban

    Oban Distillery & Visitor Centre

    Situated in the heart of Oban, take a tour and discover the history of entrepreneurial brothers Hugh and John Stevenson who founded the distillery. Choose from two tours, and let the knowledgeable tour guides tell you about the seven men who make the Oban Single Malt. 'Old Teddy' is exclusive to the distillery and was inspired by the unique and personal stories of the Maclean family, who have served the distillery on Scotland's west coast for three generations.

    Find out more about Oban Distillery
    Stafford Street, Oban, PA34 5NH
    Key facilities
    • WiFi
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets
  • Gateway To the isles Oban

    Oban Harbour and Pulpit Hill seen from McCaigs Tower at dawn

    From Oban you can visit Colonsay, Islay, Mull, Lismore, Coll, Tiree and Barra. Once you're on the islands, enjoy a variety of outdoor activities from cycling to hillwalking, or stay out on the water with boat tours or kayaking. There are ferries between the islands, and day trips and tours to choose from.

    Find out more about Gateway To the isles

Day 3 Fort William

Day 4 Mallaig

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