Craigenarden Viaduct

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Craigenarden Viaduct (1894-)

Opened on the West Highland Railway.


This is an 8 arch castellated single track 396 ft long viaduct on the west side of Loch Lomond. It is 58 ft high.

It is well known bridge being on a beautiful section of the Loch Lomondside road with a tight corner and narrow width. The railway was involved in the rebuilding of the road, thus the railway style stonework.

The viaduct is built with arches rather than plate girders for aesthetic reasons. Many were opposed to the construction of the railway in an area of outstanding natural beauty

The viaduct is on a gentle curve. The viaduct is of blue whinstone (the piers are stone) and mass concrete arches. This was not the first viaduct to have mass concrete arches, Falls of Cruachan Viaduct on the Callander and Oban Railway was the first viaduct in Britain to have this method of construction.

The viaduct is between Arrochar and Tarbet (to the south) and the former station at Inveruglas (to the north). Ardlui is the next station north today.

Alternative spelling are used: Creag-an-Ardain Viaduct, Creagan Ardain Viaduct.


Around two miles to the north, on the east side, is the Pulpit Rock. There being no church and a small population this rock was used by a travelling minister to address the local population.


Viaduct Loch Lomond


Creag-an-Ardain Viaduct Creagan Ardain Viaduct


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