Visit Fort William in 2022

Lochs, mountains, rivers, forests await...
Read more

The Railroad to Mallaig by Iron Horse

Travel by steam locomotive on the West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig.

When the West Highland Line first opened in the 1890s it would have been normal for each train journey to Mallaig and back to Fort William, to have been pulled by a steam-powered locomotive train.

The Victorian's made travelling by train in the Highlands possible when hundreds of miles of line were laid through Highland glens and along the side of our lochs and coastlines. "When the train came..." is something which people all around the world have said - when it changed their lives, brought goods and services, opened up wild and remote territory - whether on the American continent, or in the Scottish West Highlands.

Today, it is fitting, that people can still travel by train, pulled by a steam locomotive. The photos on this page were taken to give you an impression of what you might expect if you decide to take the journey on The Jacobite Train to Mallaig.

We often wonder just how fabulous it would be if all the old railway routes in the Highlands had survived the cuts made to rail travel in the 1960s. In times gone bye, people travelled by steam-powered sea-going vessels and arrived at Fort William to be embarked on a train at Banavie to be taken to Fort Augustus, from where they could cruise Loch Ness on another paddle steamer... if only.

Explore these featured listings

Practical Car Hire
Car, Van & Minibus Hire and from Practical Rental - Fort William, Scotland We are a specialist provider of self-drive car hire in the Fort William and Lochaber areas. We provide the fastest and most convenient car rental service available, with a free collection and delivery service for the Fort William area. No need to wait at a rental desk in a mile long queue, we provide a meet & greet service with all of your documentation prepared in advance. All you have to do is check over your vehicle, sign the paperwork, get on the road and enjoy your holiday! Our Fleet We have a range of vehicles available to suit all needs with economy cars, family hatchbacks, 9 seater people carriers, SWB vans and 17 seater minibuses on our fleet. We also have automatic transmission vehicles available. Have a look at our website for full information on all our vehicles. Free Delivery We provide a free delivery service to any address in the Fort William area. Hotels, B&Bs, hostels, campsites, railway station & bus station, we cover them all. Staying a wee bit outside of Fort William? Not a problem, we can also deliver to you for a small additional charge. Please contact us or check out our coverage area on our website. We deliver within normal working hours (8:30 – 17:30 Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 13:00 on Saturdays) but if you are arriving late we can offer an out of hours service but it is subject to staff availability and an additional £10 charge may apply. No Additional Charges for Non-UK Licences. We do not apply any surprise charges when you are booking your hire car and make no additional charges for a non-UK licence. However for any non-EU licence that is not in the English language we do require a valid international driving licence.
No data
No data