The Hogwarts Express and Highlands Tour
One day tour
Travel through the breathtaking West Highlands to see some of the key filming locations used in the Harry Potter movies. The highlight of this wonderful tour is our trip on the Jacobite Steam Train, the real Hogwarts Express, which includes a crossing of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct!
Price range: £90 - £110
Rannoch Moor - tour through this atmospheric area of wild beauty, surrounded by mountains and lochs
Glen Coe - visit this romantic glen which was the site of the most infamous massacre in Scottish history
Jacobite Steam Train - experience this vintage steam train journey, one of the greatest in the world!
Glenfinnan Viaduct - cross this 21-arched masterpiece of engineering
Loch Shiel - enjoy heart stopping views of this loch and the Bonnie Prince Charlie memorial
Mallaig – explore this fishing village and savour the lovely views over to the Isle of Skye
Movie locations – Harry Potter series, Skyfall and Trainspotting
Full Tour Itinerary
Our coach leaves bright and early from Edinburgh’s Victoria Street and heads northwest to Fort William. On the way, we see some of the locations used in all 8 of the Harry Potter films.
As we pass the bleak wilderness of Rannoch Moor, we’re at the place where the Death Eaters halted and boarded the train in the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Further on is dramatic Glen Coe, where several scenes from the series were filmed, notably the part in Prisoner of Azkaban where Hermione punches Draco Malfoy.
We arrive in Fort William to take one of the world’s greatest railway journeys aboard the Jacobite Steam Train. The highlight of the journey is crossing the breathtaking 21 arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, one of the most iconic images from the Harry Potter films as the train, now forever known as the Hogwarts Express, passes over the viaduct to Hogwarts School.
If time allows, the train might stop on the viaduct, as it did in Prisoner of Azkaban when Harry had his first run in with a Dementor, allowing us some time to take in the stunning views of beautiful Loch Shiel, one of two lochs which stood in for Hogwarts Lake in the films. It’s where Buckbeak dips his toe in the water in Prisoner of Azkaban, and it’s seen to great effect in a lovely shot at the end of Half-Blood Prince, when Hermione and Harry look out towards it from the Astronomy Tower.
The train will have a short stop in Glenfinnan station allowing you time to stretch your legs, and the option of visiting the West Highland Railway Museum in the station.
Further on, we pass the tiny islet of Eilean na Moine, the location of Dumbledore’s final resting place. The small island is surrounded by Loch Eilt, used as the setting for Hagrid’s hut, and for the scene in Deathly Hallows part 1 where Voldemort steals the Elder Wand.
The end of the line is the gorgeous fishing village of Mallaig. We’ll have time to explore and have some lunch, before the coach sets out towards Edinburgh via the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre, where you’ll have the option of taking the short walk up to the viewing point to take some snaps of the Hogwarts Express going back over Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
What is the journey on the Jacobite Steam Train like?
Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis! The train will cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (a location made famous in the Harry Potter films) which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. The train may pause on the viaduct, time permitting, to allow you to take in the magnificent view. On some tours the route may be reversed.
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time. In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Diagon House
40 Victoria Street
Edinburgh EH1 2JW
Check-in: 05:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 06:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:00 hrs
Child rates apply from 5 to 14 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The cost of this tour includes a one-way journey on the Jacobite Steam Train.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.