Glenfinnan, Fort William and Glen Coe Experience - 1 day tour
Glenfinnan, Fort William and Glen Coe Experience
One day tour
Head into the Highlands to see the breathtaking wilderness of Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe, famous for its natural beauty and tragic history. After a break in Fort William, travel along the scenic “Road to the Isles” to visit Glenfinnan where we watch the real Hogwarts Express steam across the famous viaduct (1 May to 29 September 2023 departures only). There will be time to visit the poignant Glenfinnan Monument which was built to commemorate the Highlanders who died during the 1745 Jacobite Uprising. Next, we travel through the Cairngorms National Park and make a stop in the heart of Highland Perthshire. After travelling through the Kingdom of Fife, we arrive back in Edinburgh at the end of a magical day away.
Glen Coe - discover why this scenic valley is known as the “Glen of Weeping”
Fort William - enjoy free time in this bustling town by the banks of Loch Linnhe
Road to the Isles - take a trip along this scenic route to discover mountains, lochs and stunning coastal views
Glenfinnan Viaduct - see the magnificent viaduct that was crossed by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies
Cairngorms National Park - explore a landscape of towering mountains, ancient forests and shimmering lochs
Highland Perthshire - visit the charming Victorian resort of Pitlochry
Movie locations - Skyfall, Harry Potter and The Crown
Full Tour Itinerary
Leaving Edinburgh behind, we travel towards Stirling, famed for its impressive castle dramatically perched atop the remains of an extinct volcano. In Callander, we stop for refreshments and then, later, seamlessly cross from the lowlands into the highlands.
The Great Moor of Rannoch stretches as far as the eye can see and is peppered with little lochans and rocky outcrops. It’s one of the true wildernesses left in Europe. Next, we make a stop to take in the natural beauty of Glen Coe before making for Fort William for a short break.
The “Road to the Isles” is famous for its fantastic scenery. During our short drive, we'll pass the flight of eight locks known as "Neptune's Staircase" which lifts the Caledonian Canal 15 metres (50 ft) at the start of its journey through the Great Glen to Inverness.
A drive along the banks of Loch Eil will bring us to Glenfinnan, where we stop to view the famous viaduct known as the Harry Potter Bridge. On tour departures between 1 May and 29 September 2023, you can watch the Jacobite Steam Train crossing the 21 arches of the viaduct. Harry Potter fans will know the train as the Hogwarts Express from the popular movie franchise.
There will also be time to see the Glenfinnan Monument which sits at the head of Loch Shiel. The tower which is topped with a sculpture of a Highland Chieftain remembers the 1745 Jacobite rebellion and the Highlanders that died during the ill-fated campaign.
The beauty of the Cairngorms National Park is our next treat. As we make our way through Glen Spean, look out for the impressive Ardverikie House situated at the head of Loch Laggan. It’s featured in many movies and tv series, including The Crown and Mrs Brown.
The next part of our journey takes us through the Grampian Mountains into Highland Perthshire. There’s a stop in Pitlochry before we travel through the Kingdom of Fife and return to 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.
Will I see the Jacobite Stream Train?
The Jacobite Steam Train operates from 1 May to 29 September 2023. During these dates, the tour is scheduled to allow passengers to watch the real Hogwarts Express cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Outwith these dates the tour will still make a stop so you can view the viaduct, but there will be no viewing of the train.
The Jacobite Steam Train is run by an independent train operating company. Despite careful planning, unforeseen circumstances mean it's not possible to guarantee that the tour will arrive at Glenfinnan in time to observe the train.
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 you and your party arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
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.
You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special.
Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat.
If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop.
Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned midicoach
- 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 The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
Check-in: 07:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 07:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:00 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 4 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 4 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.
To give you maximum flexibility, admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Jacobite Steam Train
Tour departures between 1 May - 29 September 2023 are timed to allow viewing of the Jacobite Steam Train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 17 Oct 2023
This was a great tour! Very fun and informative, the driver/guide told great stories and was an all around great driver. make sure you bring an extra charger, snacks and an umbrella. Well worth the money!LaDonna from Benicia, US
Rating:(4 /5) 29 Aug 2023
A bit longer time than expected to stay on the coach for travelling, if we could arrive at Glenfinnan a bit earlier, than can go to another viewpoint to have a better view for the train.Mathew from St Albans, GB
Rating:(5 /5) 30 May 2023
Would definitely recommend. It is a great way to get up to the Highlands and see the magic of Scotland.Mary from Glastonbury , US