Saturday, 24 August – Kyle Line Railroad from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and Back

I thought I had booked the steam engine from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh, but we were on the regular Scot Rail. Both trains use the same tracks, so we saw the same sights in better comfort though with less ‘atmosphere’.

I took pictures as we went and cannot identify where many were taken so some will just be scenery. This one is the lock between Beauly Firth and a canal at Clachnaharry. The building on the right is identified on Google Streetview as the British Waterways Board but seems to be the site for Explore Scotland.

A decoration at Beauly Station:

World War I memorial, not sure where:


Then the man sitting next to us said,  “An eagle!” He thought it was a golden eagle but when I looked at my photos I realized it was a white tailed eagle. The pictures are not great, taken from a moving train while standing, as the eagle tried to keep up with the train:

More scenery:

After a bit over two and a half hours we arrived at the Kyle of Lochalsh. Here is the the bridge to the Isle of Skye:

A cormorant:

A sparrow watching while we ate lunch:

A robin singing his heart out:

Pied Wagtail:

Views of the Skye Bridge as we were leaving Kyle on the return train:


Grey heron:


It was a very relaxing day and a wonderful experience. We had another dinner at the Oakwood Restaurant and spent the night at the Avalon House B&B.

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