The image top is from the south side of the
small village of Connel with Connel Bridge
crossing the mouth of Loch Etive. This bridge
was completed in 1903 for the Callander and
Oban Railway's line that ran from Connel 28
miles north to Ballachulish.
The Connel Bridge was converted from a rail
bridge to road traffic in 1966.
There is a car park and seating area by the
bridge, across the road from the Oyster Inn. The best time to be
here is at high tide when the sea water is at
its highest pushing against water from Loch
Etive, creating the Falls of Lora.
If you are lucky, you may see canoeists
taking on the rapids, or rescue boats training.
Canoes on the
Although the train line north to
Ballachulish closed in 1966, there is still a
station at Connel for the Glasgow to Oban
1600s late - a village grew around the ferry
that was operated across the loch. At that
time, the village was known as Connel
1880 - a railway station was opened at
Connel by the Callander and Oban Railway. This
line has a number of stations at scenic small
villages on the road up from Glasgow to Oban
such as Crianlarich, Tyndrum, Taynuilt, and