The train journey from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh is one of the most scenic rail experiences in Britain. The Victorians were quick to acknowledge the outstanding scenic qualities of the Kyle line, built in three stages between 1860 and 1897, but this guide takes a long-established tradition in a new direction: it highlights the distinctive architecture and operational characteristics of today’s railway, and – unlike the tourist brochures – it doesn’t shirk from acknowledging occasional blots on the landscape.


Illustrated with over 50 eye-catching black & white photos, bespoke hand-drawn maps and fine sketches of railway scenes, the guide provides an entertaining, informative and sometimes quirky companion to the 82-mile journey through stunning scenery from Scotland’s North Sea coast to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Insider Rail Guide

Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh


Date: 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9930296-8-4

Paperback: 128 pages

Price: £7.99

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The Insider Rail Guide series aims to present honest accounts of the train journey experience – for visitors and locals alike.


Written by two authors steeped in Highland railways – David Spaven and David Fasken – the guides provide not just short histories of each line plus illuminating commentaries on the view from the window. For visitors who may not be familiar with local rail travel, there are very practical chapters on preparing for the journey and making the most of the train trip.


These unusual railway guides even help you to find the best places to sit on the train, and offer a wealth of other useful information, including advice on travel arrangements for people with disabilities, as well as a summary of different rail ticket options.

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