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This British train journey is officially one of the most scenic in the world

One Scottish route takes passengers past beautiful lochs, valleys and mountains

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton

There are two types of people in this world: those who prefer an aisle seat and those who favour the window. If you’re among the latter, you’ll know full well that rail journeys offer some of the best (and comfiest) ways to admire Britain’s many beautiful landscapes. 

We’ve got trains that take you through Welsh mountains, down Cornish coastlines and past charming Norfolk pastures. But there’s one particularly breathtaking route in Scotland that has recently been declared among the best in the world.

Japanese rail tourism company JR Pass looked at factors like ticket, price, popularity, traveller reviews, and journey times in order to come up with a ranking of the best scenic rail routes on the globe. 

After the Bernina Express, the Glacier Express in Switzerland and the Flam Railway in Norway, the Kyle Line running from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh pulled into fourth place. 

The 80-mile journey got an overall score of eight out of ten and, according to JR Pass, offers ‘panoramic views of mist-covered mountains, serene lochs, picturesque glens, and charming villages’. Passengers should keep an eye out for herds of deer, the Torridon Peaks and the Ben Wyvis mountain.

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After other journeys that come with absolutely gorgeous views? We’ve got plenty more where that came from. Browse our roundup of the UK’s most scenic rail routes, the most beautiful train trips from London, the most spectacular in Europe and the greatest in the world. Stunning and sustainable. 

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