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Series 1: 19. Fort William to Glenfinnan



A ride to remember caps this leg of Michael Portillo’s railway adventure up the west coast of Scotland. Aboard the Jacobite Express, he crosses the awe-inspiring Glenfinnan Viaduct. With their perfect view of the beautiful curve of 21 arches built entirely of concrete, Michael and his fellow passengers are the envy of the crowds waving below.\n\nSpectacular engineering is in store for Michael in the majestic Grampian Mountains at Fort William, where he investigates the Lochaber aluminium works.\n\nIn the Nevis range, Michael takes the only mountain gondola in Britain to explore a championship downhill mountain bike track.\n\nAt Banavie, Michael operates the charmingly named Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight locks within a quarter of a mile on the Caledonian Canal, which was built by Scottish engineer Thomas Telford to enable boats to pass from coast to coast.\n\nAt Glencoe, Michael learns of a massacre in 1692, when 38 members of the MacDonald clan were murdered by government soldiers they were hosting. Michael joins archaeologists excavating the site to learn more about the lost community.

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