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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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  • Motored to Glenfinnan in advance of Steam Trip later in the week. Started at the station, which in itself is fascinating, especially the museum which gives great detail on the construction. Food avail...  more »
  • If you are staying anywhere near Fort William this is a must see, we got there for around 3.00 pm and we're told there were 2 trains going over one at 3.10 and one at 3.20 though not sure if that happ...  more »
  • Brilliant place to visit, esp for Harry Potter fans! Wonderful walks and views, our dogs loved it. Also recommend the board walk which you access just across the road towards the Jacobite Monument. Re...  more »
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  • Interesting landmark set in very nice scenery. Only way I could score it higher would be if I was a HP fan and didn't mind he insect that bit me all over while we were waiting to see the train. Not ever rain stopped that pest. If you're in the are, it's worth a visit, but parking will be difficult around the time the train passes.
  • Really pretty architecture, mandatory stop for any Harry Potter fan. But the point of view is really far and low to the Viaduct You would need to trek a little bit up the hills on the side to get a worthwhile sight. Probably isn't worth the parking fee.
  • the scenery is GORGEOUS. Climbed to the top of the hill to get an awesome 360 view. Pity it's still winter and the train wasn't running but this also means that there were very few people. Lucky for us, we could get a clear view of the area as it's sunny!
  • A must-see for Harry Potter fans, the viaduct is very accessible from a nearby car park and along a well-maintained path. In case you want to time a trip for the train actually crossing, we caught the afternoon trip as it travelled back to Fort William, with the train crossing the viaduct at 3:36pm :)
  • Great photo opportunity for anyone planning trips to Scotland. Although I am biased considering my company built it over 100 years ago. Passed by it on a company Lands End to John O'Groats bike ride, and well worth the detour.