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. Many tourist only walk to the foot of the viaduct, when in fact the only decent views are from above, requiring a little more effort but worth every step. In fact, 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 (2017): Monument interior & exhibition: daily, April to October. Rest of site: Always
Cost (2017): Monument interior & exhibition: £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 (2017): Daily, May to October
Cost (2017): 50p, or free if you purchase food in the dining car
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)