Public transport into the mountains

Recently I returned from a trip to climb the Munros up in the remote Scottish highland train station of Corrour.  I enjoyed the more relaxed pace of taking public transport into the mountains.  Not having to drive let me enjoy the amazing scenery on the West Highland rail line that runs from Glasgow through to Fort William.  The same train line of Harry Potter fame.

Why consider public transport?

In the case of Corrour its really the only feasible way of getting to the location.  There is a distinct lack of roads but for other munro summits it is also a viable option.  For walkers new to mountain hikes in Scotland, taking public transport is a good way of reducing the stress of driving. Roads along Loch Lomond and other popular routes are extremely busy and to be avoided.  Arrive at the start point relaxed and ready to enjoy a day out in the open air without worrying about where to park or weekend traffic.  Better yet you can enjoy a pint in the nearest pub after finishing your route before heading home.

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For those traveling north from the south of England a fantastic option is the Caledonian sleeper service.  Escape from the city of London by train and the stress of the rat race.  Wake up ready to climb the beautiful Scottish country side from your cabin.  I was impressed during my Corrour visit by the amount of stops available on route, providing a huge amount of routes to try out.

Routes to try

The Loch Lomond national park website provides useful resources on nearby routes to consider ideal for public transport in Scotland.  For those looking to travel further afield to places consider Skye or Knoydart.  Check out the bus services provided by City Link that can link up with ferry connections to extend your reach.  

Wild camping in the outdoors is much easier without a car to hold you back.  Stealthy summit camping can see you go practically unnoticed as you leave no trace of your entry route.  This allows you to truly get away from it all and enjoy peace and quiet.  Without needing to return to pick up a car you can aim to link multiple munro summits or longer low level walks together for a long weekend.

Recommendations

While I’m doing further work on my camper van conversion I’m considering further routes to the munros using public transport.  Options include more adventures around the Fort William area or Bridge of Orchy.  Do you have any routes you would recommend trying using rail or bus into the Scottish highlands?  I’d love to hear your recommendations for public transport in the comments below for ideas on future outings.