The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys

Scotland: A Magical Journey Through the Highlands

Series 2 - Episode 1 Scotland: A Magical Journey Through the Highlands

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Review

Although Tony Robinson’s train-travelling series has inexplicably pulled over into a siding, railway fans should be mollified by this 187-mile trip across Scotland because it passes through some truly glorious landscapes. We board the train at Inverness, passing through Aviemore, Pitlochry and Fife, before crossing the Forth Bridge to arrive eventually in the city of Edinburgh.

There are more facts and figures than there are in celebrity travelogues (and no stage-managed chats with fellow passengers), but what’s really good is that the programme isn’t scared to leave a few pauses in the narration so that we can actually enjoy the view.

Summary

Bill Nighy narrates the stories of epic train journeys through stunning scenery and natural beauty, beginning with a trip from Inverness to Edinburgh. Not long after setting out, the route passes Culloden, the site of the last pitched battle on British soil. It then enters the Cairngorms National Park, home to some of Europe's finest landscapes as well as valleys steeped in Gaelic folklore. The park's station at Aviemore is home to the Strathspey Railway, where Victorian steam locomotives come to life. There is then a climb to the highest point on Britain's railway network before the train winds its way through Fife. Eventually the route crosses the Forth Bridge before arriving in Scottish capital Edinburgh, admired for its architecture and annual arts festival. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Bill Nighy
Executive Producer Tom Porter
Series Producer Clare Fisher
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