Tourists to the West Highland Line can now benefit from a guided tour as they travel by rail through the scenic route, thanks to a partnership between ScotRail, Geotourist, and the University of Dundee. The collaboration aims to enhance the travel experience by offering an engaging and informative audible tour that highlights the history, culture, and natural beauty of the West Highlands.
Breath-taking landscapes and iconic destinations
With its breath-taking landscapes and iconic destinations such as Fort William, Ben Nevis, and the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the West Highland Line is one of Scotland’s most beloved railway journeys, and it’s easy to see why many of the stops along the way have featured in high profile movies such as Local Hero, Trainspotting and Harry Potter. Recognising the importance of providing tourists, both foreign and domestic, with a rich and immersive experience, ScotRail has joined more than 20 other organisations, and teamed up with Geotourist to develop a captivating audio tour that will enhance customers’ understanding and enjoyment of the route. The audible tour, which is accessible on the ScotRail website and through Geotourist’s user-friendly mobile app, provides passengers with a unique narrative as they travel through the West Highland Line.
Scotland you can only see from the train
The content has been carefully crafted to offer historical insights, local stories, and interesting facts about the landmarks and attractions along the way. Whether customers are history enthusiasts, nature lovers, or simply seeking to learn more about the area, the audio tour will cater to their interests and enrich their journey. Alasdair Smart, ScotRail Tourism Manager, said: “We’re delighted that customers travelling on the West Highland Line can now benefit from a more immersive experience thanks to the new audio tour. From the hustle and bustle of Glasgow to peaceful and picturesque Mallaig at the end of the line, it’s a side of Scotland you can only see from the train, and a magical tour of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.”