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Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan

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Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. Located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel.ConstructionThe Glenfinnan Viaduct, however, was complete enough by October 1898 to be used to transport materials across the valley. It was built at a cost of.A legend long-established attached to the Glenfinnan Viaduct was that a horse had fallen into one of the piers during construction in 1898 or 1899. In 1987, Professor Roland Paxton failed to find evidence of a horse at Glenfinnan using a fisheye camera inserted into boreholes in the only two piers large enough to accommodate a horse. In 1997, on the basis of local hearsay, he investigated the Loch nan Uamh Viaduct by the same method but found the piers to be full of rubble. Using scanning technology in 2001, the remains of the horse and cart were found at Loch nan Uamh, within the large central pylon.DesignThe viaduct is built from mass concrete, and has 21 semicircular spans of. It is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland at, and crosses the River Finnan at a height of. The West Highland Line it carries is single track, and the viaduct is wide between the parapets. The viaduct is built on a curve of.
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  • The Scots understand how to "see" attractions. The short walk and the excellent viewing platform/location makes this an exceptional place to visit. We did not get to experience the passing of the stea...  more »
  • A little detour out of Fort William will lead you to 'the bridge in Harry Potter' with lovely views of the bridge. Don't park in the first car park as you'll have to pay £2 but drive up the road a tou...  more »
  • Despite that the train is not yet reed, season begins april 14, certainly impressive. There is a path to top what you a nice view of the viaduct. Little climbing, but to do good and well worth the effort.
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  • Spectacular, curved viaduct on the line from Fort William to Mallaig. Surprisingly made out of concrete and born from the mind of Concrete Bob, Sir Robert McAlpine in Glenfinnan, one of my favourite spots in the world. Now with a younger legion of fans via its association with the Harry Potter, I still love it for its engineering prowess and innovation. And while you're there make sure you visit the station with its railway museum, dining car and sleeping car.
  • Great stop for Harry Potter fans as you get a view of the viaduct which is in the films as they head off on the train to Hogwarts. If you plan it right you can get a photo of the train crossing the viaduct. Best is to book a seat on the Jacobite Train as you can get some great photos as you are crossing it with the train in the photo.
  • The setting for the Hogwarts train featured in a number of Harry Potter movies, the viaduct is well worth a visit if you're passing through. As with any tourist attraction, there are cafés and gift shops nearby that'll cost you a fortune, but don't let this spoil the experience.
  • An engineering marvel. Fantastic views all around. A87, considered to be one of the most scenic routes in the UK (and the World), has so many gems and Glenfinnan Viaduct is one. Also take the Glasgow-Mallaig train to enjoy the views of lochs and mountains that would not be easily seen from the road.
  • Sit on the beautiful hillside and wait for the Jacobite Stream Train to pass (the train that inspired the Hogwarts Express). Absolutely stunning.