August 30:Trainroute Fort William to Mallaig

August 30, 2008 - Mallaig, United Kingdom


A description of the trainride i made from Fort William to Mallaig:

At Banavie, the line crosses part of the Caledonian Canal, Britain's longest inland waterway, which links Fort William with Inverness. Look to the right and you'll see Neptune's Staircase, a remarkable series of canal locks.

Locheilside is home of the Clan Cameron. The breathtaking curve of the 100 feet high (35 metres) Glenfinnan Viaduct sweeps you past the head of Loch Shiel and the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie, marking the spot where he landed and unfurled his standard in 1745 to commence his rebellion. The viaduct itself is a monument, as it's the first concrete viaduct ever built in Britain - by 'Concrete Bob McAlpine'.

Beyond Glenfinnan station, Loch Eilt is studded with tiny islands, each bearing tall silver trees. Once again, you're down by the water.

Lochailort stands in a glorious setting and was the site of one of the largest camps of labourers during the line's construction - almost 2000 men lived here. By now, you may be able to smell the sea!

Beautiful Loch Ailort goes by, then Beasdale, then tunnels, Loch Dubh on the right, a viaduct, spell-binding Loch Nan Uamh, and more tunnels.

Past Arisaig, look over Loch Nan Ceall and see the islands of Rum and Eigg, with its distinctive flat top. Onwards to Morar, through captivating scenery. On your right is Loch Morar, Britain's deepest loch at 1000 feet (333 metres) - and, of course, home to a monster!

To the left, you'll see the white sands of Morar, and the Atlantic waves rolling in.

And then you're in Mallaig. Take a stroll about the harbour. Absorb views over to Skye, across Loch Nevis to Knoydart, and to Rum and Eigg. Breathe deep the clean air and relax in the heart of one of Europe's most delightful areas.

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