Glasgow, Scotland’s second city, but the country’s most populous, is located on the banks of the River Clyde and, in rail terms at least, is the Gateway to the Highlands. With us passing through the city to get to and from our Highland Adventure, we decided we needed to spend some more time in the city and so, split between the start and end of the holiday, we did just that.
After a night in Fort William, a ride on The Jacobite and a wonderful couple of nights in Corrour, we were back on the West Highland line (WHL) and a ScotRail service, initially heading south to Crianlarich before changing trains and heading down the WHL’s western branch to Oban.
Corrour, Britain’s highest and most remote railway station, more than 1300ft above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest public road. We were inspired to visit here after watching ‘All the Stations’ in 2017 and their more recent returns to Corrour. Within a couple of hours of stepping off the train, we were in love with the place and beyond glad we came.
Having arrived in Fort William around lunchtime after our journey north on the West Highland Line, we had a couple of hours until we could check into our accommodation. Aware we’d have our luggage with us, we’d emailed ahead to our first destination, the West Highland Museum, who were happy for us to leave them at reception.
Back in October 2018 we were lucky enough to attend an ‘All the Stations’ event at Southwark cathedral where Geoff and Vicki signed our copy of the book and Geoff wrote “Go on an adventure! (By train) (Go to Heckington!)”. So, finally, in the middle of July 2020, we did.
Dover is one of the UK’s major ports, providing a vital connection across the narrow Straits of Dover to France & continental Europe. The town has been an important town since at least Roman times when it became a fortified port and has served as a key point in the defence of the nation during multiple conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to World War 2.