The West Highland line – featured in the Harry Potter films – has conjured up more magic after being named as among the top rail journeys in Europe.
The line from Glasgow to Mallaig is a 164 miles long and runs by Loch Long, Loch Lomond, Loch Etive and Loch Eil.
It crosses the world’s first concrete rail viaduct at Glenfinnan – spectacularly shown in the Boy Wizard films – and passes the silver sands of Morar.
Passengers can also see Britain’s most westerly station at Arisaig.
It has now been placed fifth in the top 25 rail journeys in Europe by leading travel guide Wanderlust.
“After slipping away from Glasgow, the West Highland Line weaves some of Britain’s wildest scenery: to lonely moorlands, forest-bound lochs and crumbling castle ruins,” says the guide.
“Up here, you’re more likely to spot red deer than humans – though the Glenfinnan Viaduct is familiar thanks to its cameo in the Harry Potter films. If travelling southwards, sit on the right-hand side of the train for the best views.”
The Glacier Express in Switzerland was named top followed by Odontotos Rack Railway, Greece and Rhine Valley Line, Germany.
“See Europe how it was meant to be seen: from the window of a train! From mountain climbs to luxury sleepers, we pick the greatest rail adventures to help you get under the continent’s skin,” added Wanderlust.