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Written by Ewan Tait - 14 Aug 2005
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Location notes
Located somewhere close to the middle of nowhere! Rannoch Viaduct is just north of Rannoch Station in the wilds of Rannoch Moor.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger wise there is the early morning Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston, with all other regular trains being 156s.
During the summer months the Royal Scotsman makes regular appearances, and the SRPS usually run a number of railtours to Fort William and Mallaig.
There is a Monday to Saturday freight from Mossend to Fort William which conveys PCAs for the Alcan works and aluminium slabs.
Midge area - Take suitable protection.

This really is the middle of nowhere! The only thing likely to mug you are the midges if you are unlucky!
Road directions
From the A9 at Pitlochry, take the B8019 west, following the signposts for Rannoch. When the road ends you are at Rannoch Station.
The road to Rannoch is not a fast road, expect the journey from the A9 to take about an hour.
There is a foot path leading, north, from the station across the moor to the bridge and embankments. Follow this to the location.

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Rannoch Viaduct map co-ordinates
Parking is available at the station.
Public transport
You can get the train up... but you will not have time to get to the location to photograph it if you've come up from the south.

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There is a cafe at Rannoch Station.
The Moor of Rannoch Hotel is closest. Further field there are Bed and Breakfasts and hotels in Kinlochrannoch, Tummel Bridge and Pitlochry.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Rannoch Viaduct

Googly map
Streetmap links
Rannoch Viaduct general view map
Rannoch Viaduct close up map

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Rannoch Viaduct

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Photographic notes
This shot is best in the mornings for northbound trains if the sun is out. If there is no sun then you can get northbound shots of trains crossing the viaduct all day.
Later in the day it is possible to get southbound shots of trains crossing the moor from the hillside above the viaduct.
Links to photographs at this location

47s go west

General views - All photographs © Ewan Tait unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

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