A TRAIN journey in the UK has been labelled as the world’s “most scenic” by a team of travel experts.
Gazing out of the window is one of the best ways to kill time on flights or train journeys, with some routes much more enjoyable than others.
While Scotland is home to plenty of famous landmarks and top attractions, it also has one of the most breathtaking train routes in the world.
Scotland’s West Highland Line has previously been dubbed the best rail journey in the world by Wanderlust – and it’s easy to see why.
The journey from Glasgow to Fort William is one of my favourite train routes – and I’ve interrailed through mainland Europe.
With mountain landscapes, serene lochs, wistful moors, and wildlife all visible through the train window, it’s certainly a route all holidaymakers should consider doing at least once.
The ScotRail trains depart from Glasgow Queen Street Station, moving quickly through the Glaswegian suburbs, before diving into the depths of the Scottish countryside.
There are plenty of lochs on this first leg of the route, including Loch Long, Loch Goil, and Gare Loch.
Even with all those lochs, the winding route around Loch Lomond is nothing short of breathtaking.
Sit on the right-hand side of the train for the best views overlooking the iconic lake.
Just eight miles north of Loch Lomond, the train line splits in two.
One part of the route branches off to Oban, while the other line carries onto Mallaig.
On the Mallaig route, passengers will pass by Beinn Dorain – a Munro in the southern highlands.
The pyramid-shaped landmark sits in Rannoch Moor, which is a peat bog.
Other key sites along the line include Loch Treig, which the train runs past for several miles, and Monessie Gorge.
The train then arrives at Fort William, which is the largest town on the West Highland Line.
Because Fort Willaim station is a terminus, trains will turn around there before heading on to Mallaig.
Several passengers consider the train views from Fort Willaim to Mallaig to be some of the nicest on the route.
On the 90-minute journey, passengers will be able to spot Old Inverlochy Castle and Loch Eil, before the train trundles across the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct was arguably made famous when it played a starring role in the Harry Potter films, as the train route used by the Hogwarts Express.
After the Glenfinnan Viaduct, there are yet more views to keep passengers entertained, including the Church of Our Lady of the Braes, and Lock Eilt.
In addition to all the landmarks, holidaymakers will also be able to spot hikers who are walking along the West Highland Way, as well as animals like red deer.
A journey on the West Highland Line is the perfect way to start a holiday in Scotland, and it’s great to know that the same views are there for the return trip too.
The Scottish train journey is also positively reviewed on TripAdvisor.
One person wrote: “I travelled the section from Fort William to Mallaig. It’s a fantastic run.
“Make sure to sit on the left side for views of Glenfinnan Viaduct curving round in front of the train.”
Another said: “I have done this scenic train journey twice, and the scenery is outstanding and breathtaking.
“I can see why it’s said to be the best train journey in the world.”
A third wrote: “The West Highline Line is stunning with glorious views, and it is an experience not to be missed.”
Train journeys from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Mallaig take three hours and 44 minutes.
Sun Online Travel have found one-way tickets from Glasgow to Fort Willaim for £19.50 for a full-paying adult.
Journeys from Fort Willaim to Mallaig take an additional hour and 20 minutes, and it costs an extra £3.
Ticket prices can also be reduced when passengers use their railcards.
Another train route that people in the UK love is the East Coast train line between Durham and Edinburgh, with coastal views and city landscapes among the sights that can be seen out the window.
Newcastle, Berwick, Lindisfarne, and Durham Cathedral are all among the highlights on that route.
Meanwhile, you can ride a London tube train with sea views on this British island.
And these are some of the most beautiful railway journeys in the UK.