Fort William to Edinburgh

Trains to Fort William

Updated September 2011

The train journey to Fort William is one of the most scenic in Scotland and, if you're spending a few days in the Highlands, I highly recommend that you go by train.

There are four daily trains from Edinburgh to Fort William and an additional one in the summer months. All trains run via Glasgow and take about 5 hours. First Scotrail usually has special APEX day return tickets for summer days out in Fort William but, as anyone will tell you, a day is simply not enough time to spend in the West Highlands.

The scenery is particularly beautiful for the last 2 hours of the journey as the train passes by stations like Crianlarich, Upper Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Rannoch and others.

The train station in Fort William is fairly small but has something no other station in Scotland has -- the Jacobite Steam Train. If you catch the earliest train from Edinburgh, you arrive in Fort William in time to board or at least admire the Steam Train setting out on what is known as 'One of the great rail journeys of the world'.

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