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West Highland line tops world's best rail journey poll

he line includes the Glenfinnan viaduct
The line includes the Glenfinnan viaduct

The West Highland line has been voted the world's greatest rail journey for the second year running.

Readers of independent travel magazine, Wanderlust put the trip ahead of other routes including the Trans-Siberian Express and the Orient Express.

The line from Glasgow to Mallaig is 164 miles long and runs by Loch Long, Loch Lomond and Loch Eil.

It crosses the world's first concrete rail viaduct at Glenfinnan, which was featured in the Harry Potter films.

Passengers can also see the silver sands of Morar and Britain's most westerly station at Arisaig.

The line has also featured in programmes such as the BBC's Great Railway Journeys of the world.

The Eurostar, Trans-Siberian Express, Cusco-Puno in Peru and the Ghan in Australia completed the top five line up, according to readers of the magazine.

The awards attracted almost 2,000 readers' votes.

Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes said: "It's great to see the West Highland Line once again topping the list - proving that you really don't need to travel to far flung destinations to experience truly breathtaking scenery."

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