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“A short walk gives a stunning view”
Review of Glenfinnan Viaduct

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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed July 29, 2012

This 21 span viaduct, one of the first in the world to be built from concrete in 1901 carries the Fort William - Mallaig steam train, used as the 'Hogwarts Express' in Harry Potter movies. If you calculate carefully the train times you can time your visit to see the train cross the viaduct (hint: it takes about 30 mins to reach Glenfinnan from Fort William, and about an hour and a quarter from Mallaig - we worked out that we could see one steam train heading west at 3.15 and another heading east about 10 minutes later! But times may differ next year of course so do check.)
If you have decent boots and fancy a bit of a climb to a superb view, do not park at the visitor centre, but about 50 metres further along the road (towards Glenfinnan village) on the same side at a nondescript small car park. Walk out of the back of the car park along a tarmacked track for about 10 minutes until you reach the foot of the viaduct. Cross the river at the small bridge just before the viaduct, go under its arches, and take the footpath alongside the viaduct that climbs away from the river. After just a few minutes' climb (if you reach a wider clearing in the path you've gone about 25 metres too far), when you see the rocky outcrops to your left find a suitable spot to turn and yomp across the heather towards them. You only need to go about 50 metres to have a stunning view of the full viaduct with the loch behind - perfect for photographing the Hogwarts Express! Warning - the heather is almost always wet, so if you do not have appropriate footwear be prepared for everything below the knee to get soaked!

104  Thank Simon B
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

This is the bridge from the Harry Potter films. Best wide view is a short walk from Glenfinnan monument paid parking lot. Best closer view is a short walk from the train station(limited parking). Map in train station shows where to walk to. We missed the steam train crossing by 3 minutes. Read the schedule carefully. Steam train only crosses twice a day. A beautiful setting for an amazing beautiful bridge. Twenty to thirty minute drive up from Fort William.

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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Best views from the loch but ever popular due to its film and book connections to Harry Potter. Blends well with the surroundings- just to remind us that engineering feats can blend with the countryside.

4  Thank Tchumb
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

Lovely short hike to this grand viaduct. We went up there and crossed the mountain to the train station. The view of Loch Shiel (Black lake) and location of Hogwarts is spectacular.

12  Thank SusanneJ843
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

This viaduct and its surroundings are just breath taking! Don't forget to take the steam train also, the actual one used in the Harry Potter movies, it feels like you're back in a time when nature ruled.
A friendly advice: When you see the ad saying "Please leave your car here", DO NOT continue with your car anyway! The guy who lives under the bridge has a gun and is not your friend!!

13  Thank GenuineOpinions
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