Walk: Glenfinnan whistle-stop tour
|[Glenfinnan Viaduct with the "Jacobite Express" crossing]|
Bonnie Prince Charlie, Harry Potter, beautiful scenery - Glenfinnan brings in visitors by the bus load for a variety of reasons. The area welcomes greater numbers of tourists year-on-year, but most only walk to the foot of the viaduct; in fact, the only decent views are from above it, requiring a little more effort but worth every step. Excellent paths and tracks link all the various sights conveniently together here - if you can time your arrival at one of the various viaduct viewpoints with a steam train, even better.
|[Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan Monument, seen from the viewpoint behind the visitor centre]|
Name: Walk: Glenfinnan whistle-stop tour ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 170 metres
Points of interest: Glenfinnan Viaduct; Glenfinnan Station and Museum; Glenfinnan Monument, viewpoint and exhibition
Start / finish: Car park for Glenfinnan viaduct, G.R.: NM 906809 ///fronted.hillsides.patting
Anything else? Nearby National Trust car park has a charge unless you're a member. Steam train times are advertised at the National Trust visitor centre and at the station museum.
Route: Start - Glenfinnan Viaduct - station & museum - village - start - monument - exhibition & viewpoint - start
Terrain: Excellent, fairly steep path between viaduct and station with only a couple of wet patches. Minor road back to start, with further good paths beyond - steep up to viewpoint.
Wildlife today: Plenty of dragonflies and butterflies beyond the viaduct.
Weather today: Warm sunshine with scattered clouds and gentle breeze.
Name: Glenfinnan Monument ★★★☆☆
Description: Monument to the final Jacobite rebellion, overlooking Loch Shiel. Good viaduct viewpoint behind the visitor centre and exhibition.
Location (visitor centre): Under a mile east of Glenfinnan village, G.R.: NM 907806 ///testy.august.explores
Open (2018): Monument interior (by guided tour only) & exhibition: daily. Rest of site: always
Cost (2018): Monument interior: £3.50 (adults), £2.50 (child), free for National Trust for Scotland members. Rest of site: Free
Name: Glenfinnan Station Museum ★★☆☆☆
Description: Tiny museum on the station platform, containing interesting memorabilia about the line. Excellent sandwiches in the nearby, stationary dining car.
Location: Glenfinnan village, G.R.: NM 899810 ///wizard.quickly.nudge
Open (2018): Daily, May to October
Cost (2017): 50p, or free if you purchase food in the dining car. No 2018 info available on website at time of update - though it's unlikely to break the bank!
Name: Glenfinnan Viaduct ★★★☆☆
Description: Elegantly curved viaduct on the West Highland Line over the River Finnan. Famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films and on some Scottish £10 notes.
Location: Under a mile northeast of Glenfinnan village, G.R.: NM 910814 ///perused.reactions.same
Open: Always viewable, or take a train
Cost: Free to view
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)