The viaduct itself is quite an impressive sight but the train crossing is it's crowing glory. My better half has not read the Harry Potter books nor seen the movies, but he too was quite thrilled to see the vintage train, billowing steam, chugging over the viaduct and tooting as it went past us.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Glenfinnan is a 30 minute drive from Fort William.
- 100 meters from the visitor centre, on the same side of the road as the centre, is a small, free car park. Get there early if you want free parking.
- Don't drive into the private road at the back of the car park, walk in and stick to the trail which branches off to the left before the duct meets the road. I believe it is private land and we were stopped and questioned because we had a large backpack and had strayed away from the rest of the tourists (mistaken for campers perhaps).
- This trail leads you to the same level as the track. Takes about 10 minutes to get to the top from the car park.
- Per the current time table, it would be best to be in position by 10.45 in the morning or 3.15 in the afternoon to catch the train crossing.
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