The sleeper train terminates at Fort William, but you can then catch the local train, as we did, for the 41 mile journey to the end of the line at Mallaig. There is also a steam train called the Jacobite which operates daily from mid May to mid October.
Before arriving at Fort William we passed through the Commando's training ground near Spean Bridge with its tribute memorial to all those who have lost their lives in WWII and continue to do so today in Afghanistan.
Leaving Fort William the train skirts Loch Eil. The base of Ben Nevis is to the left. This and the following photos were all taken from the train window so have unavoidable reflections and movement within them.
The train crosses Glenfinnan viaduct, which featured in the 'Harry Potter' films. Built in 1901, it was one of the first rail viaducts built of concrete.
Steaming in - Mallaig terminus
Mallaig is the boat ferry highway to the ancient volcanic islands of Skye, Muck, Eigg and Rum - it is interesting to imagine how this chain of islands must have appeared when active 55 million years ago.
The birds enjoyed our lunch too!!!
Homeward bound we passed Glenfinnan - the Jacobite monument to the clansmen who followed Prince Charles Edward in the 1745 rising for the Stuart cause.
Glenfinnan sits on the edge of beautiful Loch Shiel.