Glenfinnan Viaduct

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Many people stop at the visitors' centre at Glenfinnan and walk towards the shore of Loch Shiel to climb up the tower of the memorial to Bonnie Prince Charlie at the head of the loch. A few more will walk up to the viewpoint behind the visitors' centre to catch the superb views down Loch Shiel, but most will then move on to other places. It is worth considering this gentle stroll up the valley, under the viaduct which was built by Sir Robert McAlpine in 1897/8 at a cost of £18,904. The viaduct carries the train from Fort William to Mallaig - and watch out for The Hogwarts Express!! The route is on a private road (please don't take your car) and is good for wheelchair access throughout, perhaps with some assistance on a stretch with a gentle climb. It's a good walk for kids too. Those who are keen can continue their walk a further seven miles to Loch Arkaig and beyond.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Lochaber


Ancient Monument, Good for Kids, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Mountains, National Trust, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife
7/21/2007 - Stephen Harris

Another gem and must do walk. Firstly, here's the 10 out of 10!. In fine weather it's superb and the viaduct is amazing!. Worth diverting slightly onto the obvious hill just before the house to get a better view of the viaduct. Also worth going to the monument when it's open (it was closed at 6pm) to get views from there as well. We also missed waypoint 4 and continued on the tarmac road, but in all honesty I doubt if there is much difference, the views were still great and less midges than alongside the river. Well worth it, but watch your legs after the suspension bridge, you will still feel like you are on it!!.. 10 out of 10.