The elegant Glenfinnan viaduct on the West Highland Railway (photo © Miroslav Liska / dreamstime.com).
Enjoying a ride on two famous railway lines.
The highlights of this journey from Rotterdam to the West Highlands of Scotland are two railways which are both in the premier league of Europe’s most celebrated lines: the first is the Settle and Carlisle railway, a line which really engages with Pennine landscapes, and the second is the West Highland Line from Glasgow to the fishing port of Mallaig by the Sound of Sleat on Scotland’s west coast. Along the way we travel through such fine cities as York and Edinburgh.
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Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.