The Jacobite Steam Train
Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. It starts near the highest mountain in Britain (Ben Nevis), visits Britain’s most westerly mainland station (Arisaig), then passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain (Loch Morar) and the shortest river in Britain (The River Morar). And finally arrives next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe – Loch Nevis. It's a great way to spend a day!
Morning Service (departs Fort William 10.15am):
Monday to Friday from 13 May to 25 October 2013
plus Saturdays and Sundays - from 22 June to 22 September.
Afternoon Service (departs Fort William 2.30pm):
Monday to Friday from 3 June to 30 August 2013.
The train does stop en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charles raised his standard in 1745. After crossing the world famous 14 arch Glenfinnan viaduct, which has been used in the Harry Potter movies and offers wonderful views down Loch Shiel, the train stops at the station giving you time to stretch your legs and visit the Museum in the station buildings.
Beyond are the villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. On a clear summer’s day from Arisaig you can see the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. From there the train passes Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films ‘Local Hero’ and ‘Highlander’.
The final destination is of course Mallaig. Not only an access point to the Isle of Skye with Caledonian MacBrayne ferry but also a thriving fishing community.
There is plenty to see and do while in the village – including sampling Mallaig’s restaurants offering freshly caught fish and shellfish - before the return journey to Fort William.
For ticket reservations telephone 01524 737751 / 01524 737753
For more route details, ticket prices and timetable go to www.westcoastrailways.co.uk