Glenfinnan

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Glenfinnan (1901-)

Station code: GLF National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
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, nestled among mountains, is superbly preserved and has the Glenfinnan Station 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 Charles Edward Stuart (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 by the station entry.

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].

Gleann Fhionnainn translates as White Glen.

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

Strictly speaking the station is not in Glen Finnan, but in the glen of the Amhainn Shlatach river, which is just to the west.

Tags

Station museum scenic

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
07/02/2021

Facilities

Gaelic name: Ghlean Fhionnainn
Listing: B




Nearby stations
Lech-a-vuie Platform
Locheilside
Lochailort
Loch Eil Outward Bound
Beasdale
Corpach
Fort William [1st]
Fort William
Banavie
Banavie Pier
Arisaig
Morar
Kentallen
Ballachulish Ferry
Mallaig
Queen^s Tree
Brein Choille Camp
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Craigag No 62 Tunnel
Huts
Leachabhuidh No 78 Tunnel
Leachabhuidh No 79 Tunnel
Pneumatic Power Station
Camp
Fionn Lighe Bridge
Tourist/other
St Mary and St Finnan
Glenfinnan Pier
Loch Sheil
Glenfinnan Monument
Craigag Lodge
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


Glenfinnan Viaduct on foot


The viaduct is east of Glenfinnan station. There are two convenient walking routes to the viaduct.

The easier is to walk down the hill from the station and turn left onto the main road, follow the pavement downhill past the church and turn left before the road crosses the River Finnan (just beyond is the Glenfinnan Visitors^ Centre) and follow the dirt road to the viaduct.

The other route is to use the scenic footpath which climbs above the station and east, past a viewpoint which looks out over the station, to approach the viaduct from above at its west end.

The two can be combined to make a circular walk.


Dates

19/08/1745Jacobites under Charles Edward Stuart
The Prince^s standard is raised at Glenfinnan.
01/04/1901Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Line opened from Banavie (Banavie Junction [2nd]), over the Caledonian Canal and on through Banavie, Corpach, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig and Morar to Mallaig, extending the West Highland Railway to the western seaboard. There was no official opening ceremony.
  /  /2012Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Footpath between Glenfinnan station and Glenfinnan Viaduct opened.
05/05/2019Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Footpath between Glenfinnan station and Glenfinnan Viaduct re-opened after repairs and improvements.

Books


A Mallaig Boyhood (Flashbacks)
All Stations to Mallaig!: West Highland Line Since Nationalisation
Captains and Commanders: Memoirs of a Scottish West Coast Fisherman

Chapels of the Rough Bounds

Highland Steam: A Scrapbook of Images from the 'Kyle, Mallaig and Highland Lines

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Landranger (40) Mallaig & Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel (OS Landranger Map)

Mallaig Line: An Illustrated History and Guide

Old Mallaig, Morar and Arisaig

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: Fort William and Mallaig

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Rannan Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean =: The West Highland Line
Steam to Mallaig
The Mallaig Railway
The Mallaig Railway: The West Highland Extension 1897-1901 (RCAHMS Broadsheet)
The Story of the West Highland

The Story of the West Highland: The 1940s LNER Guide to the Line

The West Highland Mallaig Extension in B.R.Days

The West Highland Railway

The West Highland Railway (Railways of the Scottish Highlands)

The West Highland Railway 120 Years

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)

West Highland Extension: Great Railway Journeys Through Time

West Highland Railway
West Highland Railway (History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands v. 1): West Highland Railway v. 1