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Glen Falloch runs from Crainlarich to the north of end of Loch Lomond. This location is at the high point of the Glen, where it is fairly wide and open and looks out over the West Highland Line.
Railway type and traffic
The West Highland Line sees four passenger trains in each direction. Three of these are 156s which split at Crainlarich, half for Oban and half for Fort William. The Fourth train is the Caledonian Sleeper with a class 67 on the front. There is very little freight, with only one or two trains in each direction, usually hauled by a 66. During the summer months, Saturdays quite often see railtours.
Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig
Glasgow to Oban
for freight gen.
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RTT Link Glen Falloch
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Midge area - take suitable protection!
This is a fairly exposed location so come prepared. If you want to get closer to the railway, a pair of walking boots are recommended.
There is a wide verge along this road, and a few places where you can pull off the road. Make sure that you pull the car right off the road though, as other vehicles pass by at speed.
It's possible to get the train to Crainlarich and walk up the road, or there are four Citylink coaches along here each day, but because of the lack of trains in the area, it's probably not recommended.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a cafe at the station in Crainlarich. There is also a shop in the village. There is no cash machine though.
There is a Youth Hostel a few minutes walk from the station. There are also some bed and breakfasts and Hotels in the area.
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin
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Glen Falloch general view map
Glen Falloch close up map
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Light will be best in the afternoons, when the sun is behind you. There is not really any bad time of day, as this vantage has such a wide field of view. This wide field of view is great for videographers, as it allows you to follow the train as it crests the summit and then descends down the other side. A telephoto lens is an advantage if you don't want to leave the road side.
I haven't been across to the track side, but judging by all the photographers in the pictures below, it should provide some good shots!
Links to photographs at this location
General views - All photographs © Ewan Tait unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east
This series of photos was taken as the train headed from Crainlarich travelling south towards Glasgow. They were taken from the main road, but you can see where some of the enthusiasts waited.
Fig 2 - Looking north east
Fig 3 - Looking north east
Fig 4 - Looking east
Fig 5 - Looking east
Fig 6 - Looking south east
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