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Jacobite Steam Train
Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)|
Yes, this is the Harry Potter vintage steam train and it crosses the legendary 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous by the films.
The Jacobite’s route up the west coast of Scotland is one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys, an 84-mile round trip from Fort William to the little fishing village of Mallaig.
Starting in the shadow of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, other sights to tick off along the way include the mainland’s westernmost train station, the deepest loch and shortest river and glorious sweeps of sand that appeared in other cinematic gems, ‘Local Hero’ and ‘Highlander’.
Optional extras include pre-ordered Jacobite High teas served on the homeward leg, champagne and chocolates.
Getting there & doing it
Fort William where the journey starts is a large coastal town. There’s a direct train service from Glasgow; the journey takes around 4 hours.
The Jacobite round-trip takes around six hours and is a full day’s experience.
When to do it
The train runs a morning service every day from the beginning of April to the end of October. There is a second service in the afternoon from 1 May to the end of September.
Easter and the peak summer months will be the busiest. For a quieter journey opt for May or September and October.
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