Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Glenfinnan (1901-)

Opened on the Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway).

Open on the West Highland Line.


Description

Glenfinnan is one of the great railway destinations in Scotland. The station itself is superbly preserved and has a museum, to the east is the world famous 21 arch Glenfinnan Viaduct (both famous in its own right and through the Harry Potter books and films) and to the south east is where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the start of the second Jacobite uprising, celebrated with the Glenfinnan Monument. The scenery is a superb vista of mountains and lochs. Loch Shiel, with no public road, stretches south. For much of the year steam engines operate on the line, supplementing the ScotRail trains, and westbound steam trains pause here for some time, to allow visitors a quick visit to the station and museum. There are well built paths to vantage points to see these trains.

The station has two platforms. The main station building is on the westbound platform with an original timber waiting shelter on the eastbound. The museum is in the main building. Glenfinnan Station Museum

There are restaurant cars, serving food, in the former goods yard, and a camping coach. The yard was approached by reversal and is at the east end of the station, south of the line. The signal box ('B' listed, closed 1986) still stands, no longer in active use and part of the museum. There is no footbridge between the platforms, there are footways at either end.

There is a car park, but it has limited space. There is an overflow car park at the bottom of the station approach.

To the west the line runs uphill to a summit of the line, at 361ft, to Loch Eilt and runs along its south bank, separate to the road, to Lochailort.

To the east the line runs over the Glenfinnan Viaduct and then east to Loch Eil whose west end is served by Locheilside station.

14.58 miles from Banavie Junction [2nd].

Local

The Jacobite

NTS - Glenfinnan Monument

Nearby, to the south of the station, is a pier on Loch Shiel served by Highland Cruises .

Glenfinnan Estate

Glenfinnan Church

Strictly speaking the station is not in Glen Finnan, but in the glen of the Amhainn Shlatach.

12/05/2019

Tags

Station museum

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map

Facilities

Gaelic name: Ghlean Fhionnainn