Crianlarich railway station lies in the heart of the Scottish Highlands on a junction that splits the routes between Fort William and Mallaig. It was opened in the late-19th century giving the tiny community of Crianlarich two stations. Later in the ‘50s, the station was renamed Upper Crianlarich to differentiate it, though this was later dropped when the other station was closed during the Beeching cuts. Sadly, the original West Highland-designed station buildings were lost to a fire in 1937, though they were rebuilt and now serve as an independent cafe. Today, it’s managed and operated along with the trains that pass through by Abellio ScotRail. It’s a pretty two-platform station with the old engine shed still intact and views out across the stark Highlands landscape. There are several direct trains a day to Oban in 1 hour 12 minutes, Mallaig in 3 hours 15 minutes, Fort William in 1 hour 47 minutes, and Glasgow Queen Street in 1 hour 48 minutes.
When you disembark in Crianlarich, there are plenty of cosy Scottish bed and breakfasts near the station which can be used as a base for exploring the mighty Highlands. Just remember to pack your walking boots because you’re not going to want to miss heading out on hikes across the windswept footpaths in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
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