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train trip through northern scotland

I'm planning to take 15 day train trip around great Britian, more specifically the Scottish Highlands. There is a rail train from Inverness to Thurso - the most northern city. Has anyone take the train up to Thurso? What is the scenery like heading north. Any suggestions welcome. Thank you

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For any rail questions in Europe, the Man in Seat 67 is your best friend. He seems to have been everywhere, especially treating the Highlands as home ground. If he hasn't bean there, he can teach you how to do your own research (which is good advice anyhow}.

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Inverness to Thurso is not the most scenic part of Scotland.

Thurso is also not a city - just a very small town.

Really scenic rail trips are from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, or from Fort William to Mallaig.

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It's interesting, especially through the Flow Country beyond Helmsdale (google it- it's quite interesting) where you are far away from any paved motor road, but not outstanding scenery.

If you are interested in the Flow Country it's worth breaking the journey at lonely Forsinaird (even staying in the hotel there overnight).

Most people do the journey to go over to Orkney or to go to John O'Groats.

I think the bus journey down the A9 is more interesting and scenic. You can also fly back to Aberdeen from the tiny airport at Wick- or fly up and train back.