Ride the Iron Road to the Isles

Andrew Baxter


Region:
Anywhere
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Type:
Professional Guide
Fee:
Paid: From £60 depending on group size
Category:
Travel
Updated:
27th September 2020
Tagged:
Railways | Travel | Scotland | Trains

This is a virtual tour/talk facilitated by the speaker and is available anywhere in the UK.

Voted as the best railway journey in the world, on three occasions by readers of Wanderlust travel magazine, the West Highland Line is a magical route. The railway line runs for almost 45 miles from Fort William to the fishing harbour at Mallaig. It winds its way alongside glittering lochs and around majestic mountains. For many, the highlight is the trip across the Glenfinnan Viaduct built-in 1901. More recently it was made famous by a boy wizard and a flying Ford Anglia.

Close by, Bonnie Prince Charlie stepped ashore in the summer of 1746 and rallied the clans to his Jacobite cause and attempt to seize the British crown. We hear tales of a trouble-some clansman and his encounter with a London barber. And the story of a duplicitous lord who lost his head. Churchill established a top-secret training base in this remote area during World War II, I reveal what operations recruits were trained to undertake behind enemy lines.

Finally, journey’s end finds us pulling into the tiny station in Mallaig with just enough time for a quick look at the still-active fishing port.

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About Andrew Baxter

I am a professional guide, holding the prestigious Green Badge for the Scottish Highlands, awarded by the Scottish Tourist Guide Association. I’ve also completed virtual tour training approved by the British Guild of Tourist Guides. You can be confident that as your guide I am fully trained to deliver you an interactive and engaging virtual tour.

My mission is to make every tour educational, enjoyable and above all entertaining. Specialising in researching the unusual and unexpected details about any destination, I delight in weaving the traditional myths and legends of Scotland into my tours. Alongside this, I throw in a careful blend of contemporary culture and everyday Scottish life to demonstrate the real Scotland.

Forget boring online lectures with Powerpoint, these lively virtual tours leave you feeling like you’ve actually travelled through Scotland. Using video, images, Google Earth and Street View and live commentary, with plenty of storytelling, I show you hidden gems only known by locals and head off-the-beaten-path to discover the very best of Scotland.

Based in the stunning West Highlands, I am surrounded by lochs, mountains and midges! My spare time is spent tramping footpaths, clambering over castle ruins and bog hopping with my young family as we explore the Scottish Highlands together.

I am available for short notice bookings.


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