Subject: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 23 2007 @ 01:49 pm
By: tglover

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I wont give away clues easily... Big Grin



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Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 23 2007 @ 02:27 pm
By: Bruce

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Its a detour worth taking isn't it Ron! Wink

Seeing as I have a VERY similar photo (probably taken from almost the same spot as you took this one Ron!) I will refrain from giving the answer away... for now! Rolling Eyes


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 23 2007 @ 04:14 pm
By: tglover

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Quote by: Bruce

Its a detour worth taking isn't it Ron! Wink

Seeing as I have a VERY similar photo (probably taken from almost the same spot as you took this one Ron!) I will refrain from giving the answer away... for now! Rolling Eyes



This is probably the best detour in Scotland, although I must admit I haven't done all the detours so far Wink

When this topic is finished I will ask you about another detour not far from this one which looks very promising as well Smile


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 23 2007 @ 04:21 pm
By: Bruce

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I'm now tempted to give the answer away to hear what else you want to ask! Rolling Eyes


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 24 2007 @ 06:35 pm
By: Bruce

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Seeing as this has been outstanding for over 24 hours I can't keep quiet any more...

The photo is taken from the road through Glen Etive, looking back towards the Lairig Gartain, the pass between the two Buachailles (Etive Beag and Etive Mor)! As mentioned already, this is a detour worth taking... assuming you spot the sign for the road soon enough (and considering the scenery you have distracting you it is quite easy to miss!)

So what about the other detour you wanted to ask about Ron?


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 24 2007 @ 07:04 pm
By: tglover

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Quote by: Bruce

So what about the other detour you wanted to ask about Ron?



You are impatient Bruce.... Rolling Eyes

The other detour is one I have never done but would love to do sometime, it's the B846 that runs along Loch Rannoch to Rannoch Station. To me that seems on of the remotest roads in Scotland. I know there are more of similar roads like Glen Etive but this one.... probably also because of Rannoch Moor which is not a very inviting landscape..


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 24 2007 @ 07:39 pm
By: Bruce

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Aye I am impatient... at times... or maybe I am just curious! Wink

The road to Rannoch Station is one I have only travelled along a couple of times! I have also reached Rannoch Station by train from Fort William (and then continued the next day to Glasgow)... and personally if you want "remote" that is the way I would suggest you do the trip! From the time the railway leaves the roadside (at Tulloch Station to the east of Spean Bridge) to the point it rejoins the road (just north of Bridge of Orchy) the journey is WOW! Then when you consider what the railway line is built on... Confused

Back to the road though, it is definitely worth travelling along at least once... but it doesn't really feel that remote until you have passed the strangely named Kinloch Rannoch!


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 26 2007 @ 06:43 pm
By: tglover

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Quote by: Bruce

I have also reached Rannoch Station by train from Fort William (and then continued the next day to Glasgow)... and personally if you want "remote" that is the way I would suggest you do the trip! From the time the railway leaves the roadside (at Tulloch Station to the east of Spean Bridge) to the point it rejoins the road (just north of Bridge of Orchy) the journey is WOW! Then when you consider what the railway line is built on... Confused



I just took a map and had a look at the railway line. This really is amazing and when we talked about remote roads, I guess this is the most remote railway line in the whole UK. Now I also know why they call it Rannoch Station, I never noticed a railway line there. I mean, who would build a railway line in such a remote area... It's not the most obvious route to Fort William, although better than a railway through Glen Coe Eek!


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 26 2007 @ 08:18 pm
By: Bruce

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I suppose it wasn't the most obvious route to Fort William, but then what was? At the end of the day all that matters is the railway was built across Rannoch Moor and its still in regular use!

You've been across the Connel Bridge haven't you Ron? Are you aware that was originally built as a railway bridge to carry a branch line off the Callander and Oban railway to Ballachulish? Perhaps continuing this north to Fort William would have made more sense, but... this line was built 14 years after the West Highland Line!


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 26 2007 @ 09:19 pm
By: tglover

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That's an interesting fact about the Connel Bridge. I remember the first time I crossed it... when I saw it from a distance I was convinced that it actually was a railway bridge, but there was no rails! What I did miss at the time was Dunstaffnage Castle, it was only later that I saw pictures and realised we could have made a nice detour, but then again, there are so many beautiful things to see... I know what you are going to tell me now... I should spend less time on Islay and more on the mainland Wink


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 26 2007 @ 11:25 pm
By: Bruce

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I wouldn't dream of telling you to spend less time on Islay... but I do think you need to spend more time on the mainland... how you work that out is up to you... but between the Borders, Wester Ross and your wee tour of the southern Highlands and northern Argyll earlier this year you don't need me to tell you what you're missing!


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 24 2008 @ 08:16 am
By: mags

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I have just read about Rannoch Moor and the road. Would have liked to have posted a photo BUT am not sure I took my Box Brownie with me!!!!It was the fifties and my father used to take a group of us to Scotland each year. We stayed in Youth Hostels and cycled on some incredible narrow, weed infested roads but what holidays and what happy memories. Even climbed the Five Sisters of Kintail and am at present wondering how I ever did it. Feel really geriatric just writing about it. it!!!!!!!!!!


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 24 2008 @ 04:30 pm
By: tglover

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Hi Mags, yes it's a special area... almost as special as Islay :-)

I thought you found the answer to the question, being the name of the glen where I took the picture from Wink


Re: A Glen in Scotland, but where

Posted on: November 25 2008 @ 07:11 am
By: mags

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No don`t know the nam of the Glen where photo taken. And you are right my no. 1 is still Islay! Mags


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