Friends of the West Highland Lines
The West Highland Lines, the Top Rail Journey in the World.
Britain's railways of superlatives which take you to the:
- Highest mountain in Britain (Ben Nevis)
- Largest loch in Britain (Loch Lomond)
- Longest loch in Britain (Loch Awe)
- Deepest Loch in Britain (Loch Morar)
- Highest mainline station in Britain (Corrour)
- Most westerly station in Britain (Arisaig)
- Gateway to the Hebridean Islands at Oban
- Britain's Outdoor Capital at Lochaber
The West Highland Lines are world class railways making a major contribution to accessibility for residents, tourists and freight in this uniquely beautiful part of Scotland. ScotRail trains link the West Highlands with Glasgow where there are connections with trains to the rest of Britain. There is also an overnight Caledonian Sleeper linking Fort William and intermediate West Highland stations with London.
This website gives an introduction to the line, with pictures of the spectacular scenery brought to you by award-winning photographer Norman McNab, and others as attributed. All pictures are copyright of the authors and must not be copied without permission.
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It was announced on 8th October that the Dutch transport group Abellio had won the ScotRail Franchise to operate Scotland's railway network for the next ten years. The company was one of five groups to bid for the £6 billion franchise, Arriva, MTR, National Express and the present operator, First Group. Among the wide range of promised improvements, and something which the Society has devoted a lot of energy to convince the Scottish Government, is a commitment to deliver service and marketing enhancements to the West Highland Lines and Scotland's other scenic lines. These improvements were documented in the Society's "Tourism and Trains" pamphlet which set out the case to develop the full potential of the West Highland Lines for tourism in Scotland. For more information and the Abellio Press Release click here. You can also refer to our News Section for further comment.
A set of four souvenir colour postcards featuring some of the photographs on this website is on sale from Glenfinnan Station Museum,
The Friends of the West Highland Lines are delighted to announce the election of the Right Honorable Charles Kennedy MP as the Society's Honorary President. The election on 17th May, at the Society's 2014 AGM in the Alexandra Hotel, Fort William, was followed by an interesting, informative and humorous address by Charles Kennedy.