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Written by Sam Bilner - 26 Apr 2012
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Location notes
A very remote and picturesque location on the Highland Main Line, just under a mile south of Dalwhinnie down the A9 and is on the Drumochter Pass.
Railway type and traffic
You will see the normal Scotrail traffic; class 170s and 158s as well as freight such as the Stobart express. However, these services are not very frequent!
There are occasional railtours and the Royal Scotsman can be seen in the Summer months.
Environment
There is a footpath heading off over the moorlands and there may well be sheep about.
Road directions
Heading south from Dalwhinnie, there is a sign posted turn off to Balsporran Cottages B&B just under a mile south along the A9.

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Balsporran Cottages, Dalwhinnie map co-ordinates
Parking
There is quite a large car park although rather bumpy and stony but plenty of space.
Public transport
The nearest station is Dalwhinnie about a mile or so north of the location.

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Amenities
The nearest Amenities are probably in Dalwhinnie or further up to Newtonmore or Kingussie. There are quite a few nice chip shops in Kingussie and a Distillery in Dalwhinnie.
Accommodation
This is open moorland/mountains and is alongside Balsporran cottages B&B.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Balsporran Cottages, Dalwhinnie

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Streetmap links
Balsporran Cottages, Dalwhinnie general view map
Balsporran Cottages, Dalwhinnie close up map

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Balsporran Cottages, Dalwhinnie



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Photographic notes
You can cross over at a level crossing and follow the footpath to get a vantage point higher up or it is possible to photo/record direct from the car park.


General views - All photographs © Sam Bilner unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west

From the A9 side of the tracks

Fig 4 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking west


Location Video


Balsporran is from about 06:30 on the video.

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