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Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - News -

As some­one who gets car-, sea- air-sick, trains are my favourite mode of get­ting about – af­ter walk­ing, of course. Last year I took the line across the High­lands from In­ver­ness to the Kyle of Lochalsh, a jour­ney de­scribed by a woman at the sta­tion as the pret­ti­est in Bri­tain. But it turned out to be one tough trip.

First of all I couldn’t de­cide which side of the train to sit. I’d settle by a win­dow and start drool­ing at the High­land views. Then I’d glimpse some­thing amaz­ing – say Tor­ri­don or the Isle of Skye – out of the other side and have to go and press my nose to that glass. Sec­ond of all, it strained ev­ery nerve in my body not to pick up my pack, hop off and walk into the raft of tow­er­ing hills that started from the tracks and ended who knows where. Ev­ery tiny sta­tion halt was a tor­ment: I could see the wilder­ness call­ing just inches from the train door.

This sum­mer I hope to take the trip again – and I highly rec­om­mend it to any­one – but this time I won’t look at the timetable and think I’ll be in Kyle by 13:35. In­stead, I plan to be there about two weeks on Thurs­day, hav­ing walked from ev­ery stop on the way.

Like they say, a jour­ney isn’t just about the des­ti­na­tion...

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