Great Train Journey

With Malcolm’s niece Jo-Anne visiting, we went over west to do the train journey from Garelochhead to Mallaig and back on the West Highland Line. It’s a wonderfully scenic journey. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it in the steam train “the Jacobite Express” because that begins its journey in the morning in Fort William, this would have required us to stay in Fort William, which is a bit of a drab place.

One of the newspapers here has recently done a better write-up of the journey than I could do.

We drove from Edinburgh to Garelochhead, bypassing Stirling and passing through Drymen and had a stop in Luss where we had some lunch on the shore of Loch Lomond. Then we did an out-and-back along the shore of the small peninsula between Gareloch and Loch Long, passing through Rosneath and Kilcreggan.

The next day was fully occupied with the train journey, we boarded the train at Garelochhead and it took about 4 hours to get to Mallaig. We had 2 hours there so we went for a wander round the back of a hill that overlooks the harbour, then over the hill and back along the waterfront. Just had time to buy some picnic provisions for the journey back before we were back on the train at 4pm and back at Garelochhead at 8:30pm.

The next day we drove back to Edinburgh via the northern end of Loch Lomond, through Comrie and stopped in Creiff for lunch. From there we drove down through the countryside via “Yetts o’ Muckhart” before returning to Edinburgh via the Forth Road Bridge.

We stayed for 2 nights at the Kelvingrove B&B in Garelochhead, which was very nice.

You can see our photos from the journey.

 

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One Response to Great Train Journey

  1. Jim Mercer says:

    Hi Malc, Ruth and I did essentially the same trip but by steam train all the way from Edinburgh back around 1960. We spent a week in Morar and had a great time. A friend in Mallaig took us to the tiny inhabited island of Soay. What an adventure. We spent the afternoon at the home of Tex Geddes and his wife. Tex is no longer with us and if you don’t know of him I’m sure you’ll find him on Google. I saw his book “Hebridean Sharker” on sale in Waterson’s when we were over. I’ll have to tell you about that adventure sometime.
    Cheers,
    Jim

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