The Scotsman

Staycation Scotland: ScotRail Highland Explorer trains with carriages for 20 bikes launched to help people explore Scottish beauty spots.


Leave the car at home and use the train to explore Scotland’s great outdoors – that’s the message from ScotRail after announcing trains with specially adapted carriages that can carry 20 bikes are being launched.

The carriages are being introduced on the new ScotRail Highland Explorer service and will operate along the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Obanfrom Monday July 19.

ScotRail worked with Transport Scotland, cycling groups and outdoor specialists to work out how best to adapt the carriages to accommodate up to 20 bikes and bulky sports gear.

The three redesigned carriages have space for ordinary bikes, a limited number of tandem cycles and an e-bike charging socket, said to be unique on a train in the UK.