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Crossing the Gelnfinnan Viaduct

Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom
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One of the highlights of our trip to Scotland was a ride on the West Highland Line for a scenic ride with Champagne (an upgrade, but certainly worth it in our opinion. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct (elevated on a series of masonry arches) on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, Scotland. In addition to the ride over the viaduct (the real highlight of this journey, explanation below) the viaduct offers amazing views of the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel below. If you enjoy television and movies based in the United Kingdom you have almost certainly seen this iconic bridge. Recently it was featured in an episode of The Crown as the Royal Train made its way to Her Majesty's Scottish estate Balmoral. It also appeared in four of the Harry Potter films as Harry made his way too/from Hogwarts. The Glenfinnan Viaduct has even been featured on banknotes from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Including its appearance in 2007 on the £10 note.

If you want to take a ride on the train we would suggest purchasing your tickets early, particularly if there are a group of you. With assigned seats and a small number of seats, tickets can sell out quickly particularly during peak tourist seasons.
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Transportation

Craigendoran Train Station Car Park
Craigendoran Train Station Car Park
A picture of the handsome vintage coaches of the West Coast Railway at our final destination of Creigendoran
Fort William
Fort William
The handsome steam engine on our West Highland train at our starting point of Fort William
Glenfinnan Viaduct View Point
Glenfinnan Viaduct View Point
Make sure you either book tickets on both sides of the train if travelling in a larger group, or note your direction of travel to make sure you get the optimal view. You also want to be as far back in the train as possible to capture the curve and steam engine at the front.

Points of interest

Loch Eil
Our route took us along the northern shore of Loch Eil
Glenfinnan Viaduct View Point
Glenfinnan Viaduct View Point
Another view of the train ahead of us curving as we head toward Craigendoran from Fort William

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1 Comment

by Liketraveling

12-06-2020

That's great! And, you have got the Scottish weather for free :-))