The sense of wonder felt passing through magical mountainous terrain on a train is second to none. No plane journey, hike, or car ride can be compared to the distinct clickety-clack of a train acting as an unlikely soundtrack to nature’s creations. And that sense of serenity as you calmly watch from behind the windows is unbeatable. One UK train journey has officially been recognised as one of the most scenic train rides in the world: The Kyle Line in the Scottish Highlands, which goes from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh.
Following the recent viral photo of a couple in Japan ducking out of the way for another passenger to take a picture of Mt Fuji through the window (gotta love Japan), JRPASS analysed the most scenic train rides around the world.
The Kyle Line in Scotland from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh came fourth on the list, meaning the train journey is officially one of the best rides in the world.
The Bernina Express in the Swiss Alps in Switzerland is the best scenic train ride in the world, while The Flam Railway in Norway is the second. The Glacier Express in Switzerland came third, while the Sagano Romantic Train in Japan, Kinki is fifth on the list.
The fact that Scotland got just one spot, while the Swiss Alps and Japan got four places each in the ranking says a lot about the beauty of the country. And it sure is a gorgeous-looking journey!
The final score was determined on the average percentage of rating, popularity, journey time and price.
The Kyle Line, Inverness
The Kyle Line offers some spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands and only costs £32 for a ticket. The scenic train journey takes passengers through some remote areas of the mountainous region, starting at Inverness before going to Kyle of Lochalsh. Offering probably some of the best views in the country, it should be added to every traveller’s bucket list, and we’re not just saying that!
The scenic train journey crosses from shore to shore, including Loch Alsh and Hindland scenery, as well as offering views of the Isle of Skye. While you’re there, get off at the market town of Dingwall for the Far North Line for more distinctive mountain range views and the Torridon Peaks.
To find out more and book tickets, check out the ScotRail website.