Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!
The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan (see below). Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. You may alight at Arisaig by request to the guard. From here, on a clear summer’s day, you can see the “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train continues on from here passing Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films “Highlander” and “Local Hero”.
The track to the summit of Ben Nevis is an objective of many who visit Fort William. The difficulty of the climb should not be underestimated and there are several web sites that give advice about this endeavour and weather conditions should be carefully checked. The image above links to Walk Highlands web site. Ben Nevis is 1344m (4,406ft) high; the Mountain Track is around 16km (start to finish) and you should plan to take about 8 hours for an ascent of the Ben, depending on how fit you are.
Let Britain’s only mountain gondola transport you to 650m on the slopes of Aonach Mor. Meander along the mountain trails to the panoramic viewpoints, then relax in the restaurant & bar with breathtaking views. Nevis Range offer access to so much more: ZoomTrax, High Wire Adventure, Summer Ceilidh Nights, Scenic chair ride, Mountain Biking, Family Cycling, Walks to Mountain Viewpoints, Forest Walks, Mountain Discovery Centre, Paragliding, Ski and Snowboard and Winter Climbing..