An ongoing series of photos taken around the Benderloch area of the Scottish West Highlands. If you would like more information about the area, including tourist and "where to stay" info please visit the Benderloch website - link on sidebar. Enjoy the pictures, and remember that if you click on a picture a larger version will open. Steve.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cycle track

Until 1966 there used to be a railway line linking Ballachulish to our north with the Oban to Glasgow line at Connel. Its principal purpose was the transport of slate from the Ballachulish quarries, but naturally it was a much used passenger line too. Today the old track is gradually being converted into a walking/cycling path as part of a longer route through the Great Glen to Inverness. A (very) short section is open in Benderloch village and to the north there's a decent stretch from the Sealife Sanctuary through the woods to Creagan Bridge on Loch Creran.
The picture shows the recently resurfaced track by the car park in the centre of Benderloch. Its hard to imagine that there used to be a railway station here.
There's an article about development of the cycle track here and about the railway line here.

This is just about all that can be seen of the station platform today.

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