Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

By Train to Fort William


Mr Uhdd is running in the Ben Nevis Fell race this weekend, its a race he has run before


So he and Tom and have gone by train to Fort William, it’s a long journey, how much do you think the train tickets cost? From a village station south of Manchester to Fort William return?

Tom’s ticket £4.35  was each way and Mr Uhdd’s was £15.20 each way.  Giving a grand total £39.10. Bought with the aid of  family rail card and a bargain in anyone’s book, it is possible to buy a ticket for the exact same journey that is so expensive you will need gold ingots to pay for it, it’s an apt illustration of the vagaries of the pricing structure of train fares in the UK and a reflection of Mr Uhdd’s tenacity in tracking down such a bargain. 

Joe and I aren’t going we’ve made other plans, although it’s ages since I’ve been on a long train trip, I rather envy Mr Uhdd and Tom, especially the journey from Glasgow to Fort William (although I don’t envy them camping in the rain they’ve been getting in Scotland in the last 48 hours)  the passing scenery will be stunning and the station list is poetry

Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Crianlarich,Upper Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy ,Rannoch ,Corrour, Tulloch, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge ,
Fort William

Train journeys, Scotland, poetry; if that holds an appeal you’d best watch this.



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “By Train to Fort William

  1. If you and Joe have better plans than the poetry of a rail trip through Scotland, I can hardly wait to read the posts.

  2. I quote from a Colleague on Facebook, who is off to Braemar tomorrow for a similar event, ” I’m contemplating taking a pair of swimming trunks for this hill race tomorrow and I’m still gonna hold you responsible if I have to wear them given the conditions out there!”

    I think he might have been referring to this and bear in mind An Gearasdan is the wettest place known to man, things could be messy. Here’s a pic of a ‘summer’s’ day out at Glencoe village by way of example.

  3. I did that train journey for the first time this year. I was returning from Fort William after doing the West Highland Way, also in lots of rain!

    Its a beautiful way to see the country and in one particular area (Briidge of Orchy to Roy Bridge area) the only way as there are no roads!

  4. I’d like to suggest that the only similarity between the Ben race and the Braemar Gathering (Morrone) race is that they both go up and down a hill…

    I considered doing Morrone, but was unsure about the cut off – you have to finish in 45mins as they shut the gate to the games field, presumably so they can carry on with the other light events on the track. Must keep to time if the residents of Balmoral are in attendance I suppose.

    The Ben is just daft. But there’s a small part of me that would really like to be able to do it…

  5. Did he have a good run?

    Cosmics had three runners this year, at 1.57, 2.05 and 2.22. All okay times for who it was I think.

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