Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan

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The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct, however, was complete enough by October 1898 to be used to transport materials across the valley. It was built at a cost of.
A long-established legend attached to the Glenfinnan Viaduct was that a horse had fallen into one of the piers during construction in 1898 or 1899. In 1987, Professor Roland Paxton failed to find evidence of a horse at Glenfinnan using a fisheye camera inserted into boreholes in the only two piers large enough to accommodate a horse. In 1997, on the basis of local hearsay, he investigated the Loch nan Uamh Viaduct by the same method but found the piers to be full of rubble. Using scanning technology in 2001, the remains of the horse and cart were found at Loch nan Uamh, within the large central pylon.
The viaduct is built from mass concrete, and has 21 semicircular spans of. It is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland at, and crosses the River Finnan at a height of. The West Highland Line it carries is single track, and the viaduct is wide between the parapets. The viaduct is built on a curve of.
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  • Glenfinnan is a beautiful and historic wee village. Wee being the main word! We love having visitors but our tiny village is not coping with all the tourists. The national Trust has parking but you ha...  more »
  • It's an impressive enough structure and sits well in the landscape. However, it comes to life when the Hogwarts Express (The Jacobite) crosses under full steam. Do your homework on the timetables and ...  more »
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  • Harry potter or not fan . This is an amazing place to visit as it's simply stunning. watch out during high season as it's generally super busy= hard to find a parking spot- you need to pay for parking but close by you can find on street parking but can be a bit of a walk if you don't mind. You can walk right up to it and get a close picture and on the opposite to the site there's a small monument you can climb up and have a good view.
  • Great location for any photographer enthusiasts if you go make sure to park your car at the car park after the museum which is directly over the little bridge as it’s free and the best view will be found on that path from the car park. When you get close to the viaduct head to the right when the path splits at the by the viaduct and walk through a gate you will follow a path up to a high ridge point and find a spectacular view. I would definitely check out all the vantage point as you get to see some other spectacular view as well.
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