Monday, 13 May 2019

The station in the middle of nowhere!

Last weekend we had planned a long over due trip to my hubby’s parents in Kirriemuir, so we could only spare one night away in the MH.....but boy did we make the most of it!

We started by turning off the A9 at the turning off for Killiecrankie and heading towards Loch Tummel. This is a busy route with a not very wide road, we chose to stop at the Queens View visitor centre. Parking cost £2, and there is lovely views. There is a short walk to the viewpoint....we were glad we went there before the bus load of tourists arrived!

There is a Cobbs Cafe there, which served a fantastic hot chocolate for my hubby, whilst i enjoyed a slice of carrot cake. The cafe was dog friendly and there were lots of birds looking for cake crumbs.

It was a very pleasant spot and the staff in the cafe had great customer service.

We then drove along Loch Tummel on to Tummel Bridge....which appeared to be nothing more than a holiday park...we drove on to Kinloch Rannoch.

This was a lovely village with views of Schiehallion and a walk around the outskirts of the village. It also had stunning views up along Loch Rannoch.
We then drove on the south side of Loch Rannoch, looking for a spot to park up for the night.

The south side had one large parking area just outside the village.....there were a few people parked up already, so we decided to drive on to find somewhere quieter. We came across lots of small car parks...but as these were owned by the Forestry Commission they were signposted with a very un-welcoming ‘no overnight parking' we carried on.

We drove all the way to the end of the road....Rannoch Station! A train station in the absolute middle of nowhere! We had driven so far, we weren’t far from the A82/glencoe!.....well a 13 mile walk anyway.

Rannoch station is a special place, so utterly remote, quiet & peaceful!
There is a couple of houses, a Restaurant with Rooms and a Tea Room on the station platform. We decided to stop here for the night, as there was plenty of parking space in the station....and a bonus of rather nice toilets too!

As we were cooking our steak & chips, some deer just casually walked across the car park. So calm and not bothered by our presence. A few trains came and went too! Perhaps the passengers that got off had walked to Glencoe earlier on that day? The train line runs between Glasgow and Fort William and onto Mallaig.

After dinner we walked for an hour, along the path to Glencoe. It was such a perfect peaceful still and a stunning sunset too!

The next morning we drove back towards Kinloch Rannoch on the north side of the Loch. It was a truly stunning morning and so many potential spots for parking up or camping. There quite a few campers along the loch, all enjoying the stunning Sunday morning!

When we got to Kinloch Rannoch we decided to drive on the Schiehallion road and then along the narrow road on the south side of Loch Tummel. There isn’t many passing places along this single track road!

We eventually reached the A9 again! What an amazing drive!

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