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Glen Roy, Fort William
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Glen Roy in the Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland is a National Nature Reserve and is noted for the geological puzzle of the three roads . The "Parallel Roads" of Glen Roy are lochterraces that formed along the shorelines of an ancient ice-dammed loch. The loch existed during a brief period of climatic deterioration, during a much longer period of deglaciation, subsequent to the last main ice age . From a distance they resemble man-made roads running along the side of the Glen, hence the name.Location and accessThe glen runs north from Glen Spean which takes the main A86 trunk road and the railway of the West Highland Line, both running about a further 14 miles southwest via Spean Bridge to Fort William. The village of Roybridge and Roy Bridge railway station are sited where the River Roy joins the River Spean, and from there a narrow single track road runs north up the glen for almost 10 miles to Brae Roy Lodge.
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  • Having been interested in glaciation since my school days, I stumbled across reference to this landscape feature close to where we were staying in Spean Bridge. After driving along a single lane track...  more »
  • We were staying at Roy Bridge and passed the sign to this ice-age scene every day. I had a spare morning and drove up to the viewpoint which is about 3 miles from the main road. Worth a side trip, nic...  more »
  • Travel - Scotland, Parallel Roads, by the way you can see the Battle of Mulroy Memorial - it is said that it was the last battle when bows were used - 1688. Parallel Roads is a lay of the land where o...  more »