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Train from Fort William

I will visit Scotland this March. I am very interested in the Jacobite but it does not operate during that time. If I ride the regular passenger train from Fort William towards Mallaig, do I get the similar feeling, see the same scenery as on the Jacobite? The second question is: If I ride train, what is the best point to turn back so I may see/visit something interesting: Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Mallaig? (I will not have time to go to the islands from Mallaig). Thanks!


  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hey @CYC Yes it is the same feeling & the same scenery for much cheaper :smile: For your 2nd question, you have a 3 great options in Morar, Arisaig & Glenfinnan itself. If I had to pick one, I'd pick Morar because seeing such a pretty beach in Scotland is a unique experience. But Arisaig has Sea Kayaking & Glenfinnan has fascinating views.

    If you take an early train outward on a non-Sunday, I would consider matching the train timetable with the local bus timetable to be able to see 2 of the 3 places recommended above. They're scheduled in an interleaved manner so it really helps sightseeing. Find their timetables here

    P.S. I am so glad someone asked this question, many people genuinely do not know that local trains run on the same line as the Jacobite.
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  • that is been very useful as we will hope to do that journey in june
  • LouALouA Member ✭✭
    Good to know. I want to take the steam train to Mallaig but didn't want to take the same train back to Ft. William. If I can catch a bus in Mallaig and stop other places, I will look into my options. Thank you.
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