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!
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
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!
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!!!!!!!!!!
The Maggie is one of Ealing studios lesser known comedies. A wily old skipper of a Western Isles 'Puffer' and his motley crew lead all who come into contact with them a fine old time! Many scenes on Islay!