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McKennaMom
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Posted 7 months ago

We are heading from the U.S. to bonnie Scotland next month. We plan to take the train from Glasgow to Mallaig and ferry to Isle of Skye, but would like to perhaps stop and stay the night at Fort William. Do all trains on this route stop there?

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MisterSteve
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replied 7 months ago

All Scotrail trains on that section stop at Fort William - some only operate one side or the other and this is their base. Be aware that from Glasgow they normally run coupled with a section that goes to Oban, the train divides at Crianlarich so you need to be in the right part.

https://www.scotrail.co.uk/media/5517/download?inline

Fort William is the only town of any size on the route so will offer the best choice of places to stay and eat but check addresses on Google Mpas to make sure they are in town and not miles up a rough track!

The Mallaig-Armadale ferry is not frequent and bus connections from Armadale are even fewer so make sure you have checked the timetable with the companies rather than rely on a pre covid guidebook. There is also a direct bus from Fort William which goes via a different route and reaches Skye via the bridge at Kyle. It's not as well known as the rail route but is a decent alternative (but doesn't accept rail passes).

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Arend7
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replied 7 months ago

For that last option see line 917 at www.citylink.co.uk.