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“Great hike to see the viaduct and steam engine train”
Review of Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct
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$111.40*
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed July 4, 2014

It was raining a little bit when we went. We donned our ponchos before hiking. Our children were with us ages 5 and 6. We did the hike quite easily. It took about 15-20 minutes. As you get close to the viaduct there is a turn off on the left side where another path goes up the hill steeply. This allows you to be almost at the same level as the train for better pictures. Being on the left side of the viaduct is great for the morning train crossing as the train would be coming towards you. In the afternoon, it's probably better to be on the right side of the viaduct since it's the return trip and the train would be coming from the left side. It was great to see the Steam engine bellowing smoke down the tracks. Well worth the pretty hike!

Just fyi, if you go past the visitor's center there is free parking just after the bridge. It is also the start of the trail to go towards the viaduct. Also, we were in position by 10:35am to wait for the train to come through. Don't be late or you'll miss it!

2  Thank mariz
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Reviewed June 27, 2014

Lovely view down the loch. Monument not as tall as I expected! Nice walks around too. A little way up the road and you can walk to the base of the viaduct.

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

For such a legendary thing, I was distinctly underwhelmed. The view from the viaduct is nice, but not actually the best of Loch Shiel. The walks near the viaduct are pretty, but again, Loch Shiel is the star. In terms of viaducts, I thought the view was actually better from some further down the line nearer to Mallaig. Yes its famous, but to be honest I was left underwhelmed

Thank GEJP
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

The best views are when the train rumbles over the viaduct....lots of people are on the nearby hills for the panoramic view, but getting close to the viaduct also gives a different perspective.
There is a mini car park near to the Glenfinnan monument car park, and a short walk from there takes you to the viaduct....we even spotted some deer there

Thank riaz22
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Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile


It's a long way to go to see the viaduct, but spectacular in its location and surroundings. Even more special when the Jacobite steam train crosses it.

Thank mpw1076
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