Scotland’s Scenic North Highlands
Kyle Line: Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
Known to be one of the most scenic railway journeys in Scotland, the Kyle line runs from Inverness to the small port of Kyle of Localsh on the West Coast, with a journey time of approximately 2 1/2 hours. Views en route include rugged mountain scenery, the coastal shores of Loch Carron, and beautiful rivers and lakes. Passengers love this day trip route not only for the scenery but also for the destination, as Kyle of Lochalsh is a quaint little port offering wildlife cruises and fishing trips, as well as, being the gateway to the Isle of Skye. Located just a short distance from the train station, you can cross the bridge over to Isle of Skye on foot or by bus.
Once on the Isle of Skye, you can continue on to the Western Isles by ferry or return to the mainland via Armadale, while arriving in Mallaig, which offers convenient train connections to Fort William and Glasgow. Not a bad idea! Especially as this would be a great opportunity to board Scotland’s West Highlands Line, which runs through the stunning glens and passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct…famously known as the Harry Potter bridge!
A short detour not to miss!
While in Kyle of Lochalsh we suggest you visit nearby Eilean Donan Castle. Head towards the village of Dornie and you will find one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. Eilean Donan, which was originally built in 1220, is situated atop a small island, where three sea lochs meet and is surrounded by hills, making for photo ops unlike any other.
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For more details on the North Highland lines, here is a traveller’s guide.