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World's Most Scenic Train Rides

Highland

Matthew Clarke / Alamy

West Highland Line, United Kingdom

Britain’s most stunning railway links the ports of Mallaig on the West Coast of Scotland with Glasgow. The 90-minute journey skirts somber lochs, lonely glens, moors, and castles before arriving at the aquamarine coast with views of the Small Isles Eigg, Muck, and Rum.

Train Trivia: The Glenfinnan Viaduct, approaching Mallaig, was one of the filming locations for the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies.

Insider Tip: The best time to travel is the spring, when the yellow gorse and wild rhododendron are in bloom—unless you suffer from hay fever.

One-way tickets from $42.

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