Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
Ardchattan And Muckairn
NN 7883 26824
207883, 726824


John Strain, dated 1880. 3-arch, part-concrete railway viaduct with castellated parapet and cobelled-out retangular refuges to both sides flanking central arch. Bull-faced stone piers with mass-concrete arches; incised voussoirs and soffits. 41ft high central arch with span of 24ft; flanking arches of 19ft span. Stringcourse at base of parapet; raised central crenellation with coat of arms and date.

Statement of Special Interest

This well constructed and boldy detailed viaduct is the first on a British Railway to feature arches constructed from mass concrete, pre-dating the second at Killin by 5 years. Situated on steeply rising ground, the viaduct spans the small gorge created by the Falls of Cruachan from where it occupies a prominent position overlooking Loch Awe (although currently hidden by recent tree growth). The parapet crenellations support a steel safety-rail (2006).

In use during summer as part of the Glasgow to Oban Railway service.



2nd edition Ordnance Survey map (1898-1900). Gordon Biddle, Britain's Historic Railway Buildings (2003), p601, 602.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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