Corpach

Corpach (A’ Chorpaich) is a large village near Fort William. The village is virtually a suburb of Fort William and is located at the narrow sea connection between Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil. It is also located at the southern end of the Caledonian Canal which crosses Scotland, via the Great Glen, from the sea locks at Corpach to the North Sea via the equivalent sea locks at Clachnaharry, Inverness. The canal provides a 60 mile (96km) navigable¬† link connection between the North Sea and the Atlantic.¬† At Corpach the West Highland Line turnes 90 degrees to travel west on its journey to Mallaig.¬† The top picture shows the access road to the canal sea lock basin which lies just beyond the station and rail track.

Corpach is an industrial location and provides a substantial amount of employment for the Lochaber community. Travellers on the train will pass the large BSW Fort William Sawmill as they leave Corpach. Soon however evidence of industry ceases as the train runs close to the shore of Loch Eil and many miles of the finest scenery will be a constant for the remainder of the journey to Mallaig.

K1, 62005, ‘Lord of the Isles’, heads the ‘Jacobite’ train past Loch Eil at Corpach on its journey to Mallaig. A journey of superlative scenery and railway engineering.

The MV ‘Lord of the Glens’ moored at the Corpach sea lock basin. Specially designed to pass through the canal locks and safely navigate the coastal waters, this ship offers a unique and luxury form of travel.

08.45am in February the Mallaig service accelerates away from Corpach as the sun rises above Ben Nevis.