The Old Station and the NEW Cycle Track
The 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 Beeching 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, National Route 78 of the National Cycle Network which will run from Campbeltown to Inverness. 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.