I will be in Glasgow, UK in a few weeks, and I am planning a distance running excursion in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Since I won't have a car, I am considering options for taking the train.
My current plan is to
- Take the West Highland line from Glasgow to Ardlui
- Run from Ardlui to Crainlarich (or Tyndrum) on the West Highland Way
- Catch another West Highland line train from Crainlarich (or Tyndrum) to Oban, where I will stay overnight
- Repeat the next day back from Oban to Glasgow, stopping somewhere else for a run
My question is, how far in advance do I need to book those tickets? In a perfect world, I would love to be able to buy them at the station so that I do not have to be on a precise schedule. Do those trains fill up, so I need to book in advance? Is it possible to buy such tickets at stations (I am from the US, if that matters with regard to paying for things). Otherwise, should I buy tickets on the Scotrail website?