Overlooking the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel, the Glenfinnan Viaduct is 1,000 ft long, 100 ft high, and famous for appearing in the Harry Potter films. The 21-arched Viaduct is highlighted in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 guide, where the Scottish Highlands and islands are number 5 on their Top Regions list. Also nearby is the Glenfinnan Station Museum, so it’s well worth the trip.
This beloved Viaduct is only 1.5–2 hours from Barcaldine by car, with some handy parking nearby. You’re free to walk under and around it, get some nice shots, and watch out for flying cars. However, trespassing on the Viaduct is highly dangerous, so please stay away from the tracks.
“So how will I get a view from on top?” we hear you ask.
On the train, of course!
The Glenfinnan Viaduct is part of a steam train journey like no other. Passengers can travel from Fort William to Mallaig on the grand Jacobite. From the Viaduct and many other points on the journey, the Jacobite takes in some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery.
The 84-mile journey, starting near Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, runs along the Viaduct, visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station and the charming village of Arisaig, and provides stunning picturesque views of both Scotland’s shortest river, River Mortar, and Britain’s deepest freshwater loch, Loch Mortar. Finally, the journey ends at the deepest seawater loch in all Europe, Loch Nevis!
The Morning Service ran 9th April to 26th October 2018 (Monday to Friday), whilst the weekend Morning Service ran Saturday 2nd June – Sunday 30th September 2018. The Afternoon Service ran 14th May to 14th September 2018 (Monday to Friday) and the weekend Afternoon Service ran Saturday 16th June to Sunday 2nd September 2018.
Tickets must be booked ahead, especially during peak season. Click here to check Jacobite availability and to book tickets.
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