Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan

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The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, 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 long-established legend 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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  • Just happen to be told of the 'HARRY PORTER ' train viaduct by chance at the guest house we recently stayed out (Smiddy House Spean Bridge). We could not go home without visiting this iconic landmark ...  more »
  • Free parking for National Trust or Scottish National Trust members at the Glenfinnan visitor centre where there is a small cafe, shop and toilets. Opposite side of the road is the Glenfinnan monument....  more »
  • This was one of the stops I was most looking forward to on our trip to Scotland, and it did not disappoint! We went in March, and the Jacobite Steam train was not running, so we opted to take pictures...  more »
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  • ANOTHER surreal place in Scotland. Easy hike beautiful views. Parking is by path entrance and you can park along the road if that fills up. There's a visitor center too but they only take the old coins so parking there is sort of tough.
  • Amazing view and autumnal colours. Accessible footpath up a mountain for an easy-medium climb to a great view point of the... HOGWARTS EXPRESS!!
  • What a beautiful place, and given I am a Harry Potter fan I lived the viaduct. The walks around the area offer stunning views of the countryside. I arrived before 10am on an early July day and had no issues with parking, but it is limited so best to be early. We only passed a few people on the walk, it was a perfect weather day and certainly not crowded. Highly recommend.
  • Amazing views down to the loch or up the glen from the viewpoint (short uphill walk on reasonably easy but stony and narrow path). Lovely walk alongside the river on tarmac road right up to and beyond the viaduct with option for even better views on a small winding foothpath that goes right above the viaduct. Free parking at the visitor centre for National Trust members was a bonus but both car parks were completely full about the time the steam train passes so aim to arrive before or after!
  • Check ahead when the train comes. Ours came at around 10:55, but it varies. Parking fills up pretty quickly but you can park at the Glenfinnan Visitors Centre and check out the Wallace Monument too. There's a viewing area right above the center, but the one you want is down the road and up the hiking path (there's a parking lot there too, but it fills up early). They'll be able to direct you in the gift shop, it's only a 5-10 minute walk, but that's where the best views are!

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