Nov 2020 – Aberchalder – North Laggan, Invernessshire

This is part of the North British former branch line from Spean Bridge to Fort Augustus and the 3½ mile section which can be walked, between Invergarry and Aberchalder, has recently been improved out of all recognition. The old railway runs alongside General Wade’s Military Road and the trail used to alternate between the two routes. However, by autumn 2020, the trail had been upgraded and moved on to the old trackbed exclusively. En route there is a long, low viaduct near Aberchalder, the short Loch Oich Tunnel with its crenulated portals and a fine crenulated underbridge, plus (at the southern end) the remains of Invergarry station – see if you can spot the subway by which passengers gained access to its island platform. The route forms part of the NATIONAL NEWS 12 Great Glen Way, which was opened by Prince Andrew in 2002. Access from Aberchalder is at NH 339035, and from North Laggan at NN 300982. Aberchalder station is north of the A821 and not accessible. (Phillip Earnshaw, Jeff Vinter)