The Old Station and the NEW Cycle Track
Holly Tree was originally Kentallen railway station on the
Oban - Fort William railway line. In the mid 1960's the infamous
Dr Beeching, who became the first chairman of the British
Railways Board in 1962, closed the line amongst many others.
He had the task of reviewing the country's rail networks,
and in particular looking at their financial viability. In
his first report he outlined closure of some two thousand
rural stations. The result for Kentallen was that the entire
line between Fort William and Oban was closed along with all
of the stations.
I suppose we have to reflect that if Dr Beecher had not made
his proposals the Holly Tree would not exist today!
The original Kentallen Station, which was built around the
turn of the century, was constructed to an exceptionally high
quality standard and used remarkable modern styling in its
design. Again we are grateful for the Railways!
There is a new cycle track in the course of construction which will link Oban and Fort WIlliam. A large amount of the cycle path is being constructed along the old railway track. The charity SUSTRANS are constructing the cyle path and this will be a great way to enjoy the Highlands of Scotland whether by bike or a fantastic coastal walk. Click HERE for more information.