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Highland flung… the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the way to Fort William. Photograph: Alan Copson/Getty Images
London to Fort William, UK. Duration: 13 hours.
The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the other is the Night Riviera to Penzance), is getting a £100m upgrade.
The new trains will have double beds, en suites, Highland food and Arran toiletries.
They’ll run first on the Lowland route from London to Edinburgh/Glasgow in October, then join the Highland route to Fort William next year.
The Highland service, called the Deerstalker, is one of the best train journeys in Britain.
After Glasgow, it goes past Loch Treig to the foot of Ben Nevis. From Fort William, the line continues to Mallaig, across the Glenfinnan viaduct – of Harry Potter fame – for ferries to Skye.