Jacobite Steam Train Experience - 1 day tour
Jacobite Steam Train Experience
One day tour
Tour through the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park and the beautiful Western 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: £95 - £115
Mallaig - explore this fishing village and savour the lovely views over to the Isle of Skye
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
Glen Coe - visit this romantic glen which was the site of the most infamous massacre in Scottish history
Rannoch Moor - tour through this atmospheric area of wild beauty, surrounded by mountains and lochs
Movie locations – Harry Potter series, Skyfall and Trainspotting
Full Tour Itinerary
Our coach leaves bright and early from Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile heading first over the Firth of Forth then onwards through ancient Fife. We enter Highland Perthshire and make a comfort stop in the Victorian resort of Pitlochry before travelling through the Grampian Mountains to reach the picturesque Cairngorms National Park.
As we tour through Glen Spean lookout for Ardverikie House, which recently played the part of Balmoral Castle in the latest series of “The Crown”. A drive along the scenic “Road to the Isles” brings us to the historic fishing port of Mallaig, where there are fantastic views of the Isle of Skye across the Sound of Sleat.
After free time to relax and, maybe enjoy a tasty treat from the famous Fish and Chip shop, it’s time to head to the station to join one of the world’s most incredible railway journeys aboard the Jacobite Steam Train.
The journey starts with superb coastal views as the train puffs its way past the silver sands of Morar to reach Arisaig, sitting by the sheltered shores of Loch nan Ceall.
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 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 end of the line is Fort William, which sits on the banks of Loch Linnhe and in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain. On our homeward journey, we will see some of the locations used in several of the Harry Potter films.
If time permits there will be a short stop in dramatic Glen Coe, where several scenes from the series were filmed, notably the part in Prisoner of Azkaban where Hermione punches Draco Malfoy.
Further on, 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.
There will be a short refreshment break in Tyndrum, before making for Stirling and the final part of our magical journey back into Edinburgh.
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 42 mile one-way 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.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. They are Outlander enthusiasts too so as well as discovering more about the history and nature of the landscape that surrounds you they’ll point out the locations that helped fire Diana Gabaldon’s imagination.
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
- Live commentary in English
- One-way Jacobite Steam Train trip on the West Highland Railway Line
- 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 60 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1TB
Check-in: 07:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 07:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:30 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 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.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:31 Jul 2021
Amazing tour. Steam train over viaduct was fab as was seeing the views in the Highlands. Plenty of stops for refreshments, toilets and photos. Our guide Callum was very good telling us some Scottish history and playing Scottish music. Highly recommended tour.Lynne from Newton Abbot, GB
Rating:30 Jul 2021
One of the best experiences. Could not recommend this tour enough. It ended up being the highlight of our backpacking trip. The tour guide had a fantastic and entertaining personality. Phenomenal time spent and well worth it.Sean from Haslet, US
Rating:30 Jul 2021
The guide and transport was excellent but sadly the distance travelled to Mallaig to pick up the train meant that there was very little time to even walk around and enjoy the scenery there. Similarly comfort breaks were very rushed. Next time I would look to book a tour with an overnight stay but appreciate this would significantly increase the cost.MARI from Nottingham, GB