A fascinating look at how things used to be done.

Driving between Glasgow and Fort William either meant a long drive around Loch Leven, via Kinlochleven, or getting the Ballachulish Ferry.

This video shows the ferry crossing in 1926.


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Moving on nearly 50 years, here is the same ferry crossing at Ballachulish. This cine film was taken in 1973.


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The ferries from 1926 & 1973 used the same concept of a turntable to make it easier to get vehicles on/off the ferry. Modern day turntable type ferries still exist. Just a few miles north of Ballachulish is the Corran Ferry.


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Sadly, the ferry at Ballachulish no longer exists, as it was replaced by a bridge in 1975. I say sadly for two reasons: the ferry had a lot more romance about it and the bridge has to be one of the ugliest in Scotland. It does have the advantage that the crossing is achieved in a few seconds.

I can't even bring myself to dig out a photo of the Ballachulish bridge, so instead here is one from Wikipedia.

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You're right about it being ugly, I might have a picture of it somewhere but only because it happened to be in the background of of something else I was taking a picture of.

I have a few photos of Loch Leven where you can just see the bridge, which is the only way you want to see it.

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