The Jacobite Steam Train.
Take a trip on The Jacobite Steam Railway (or Hogwarts Express Train) described as one of the great railway journeys of the world, a round trip of 84 miles between Fort William and Mallaig. Before you board the steam train make sure to visit Glencoe, which was the backdrop in many of the films as the set of Hagrid’s hut and is the home of the bridge leading to Hogwart’s entrance. Although this trip is a must for Harry Potter fans as the Jacobite Steam Train was featured in the Harry Potter films, it is also famous in it’s own right…even in the Muggle world!
There are few steam train journeys that boast such an impressive list of extremes. Setting off from Fort William you can see Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. The train passes over the 21 arched, 1000 ft long, 100 ft high Glenfinnan Viaduct before stopping in Glenfinnan village, where you can visit the West Highland Railway museum. It then continues passing Arisaig, the most Western mainland station, Loch Morar – the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, the River Morar – the shortest river in Britain, before finally arriving alongside Loch Nevis – the deepest seawater loch in Britain. You’ll also see stunning silvery beaches on the way, which look over to the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna.
The train’s destination is Mallaig – a small, but busy fishing port and ferry terminal. Your stopover should allow plenty of time to take a wander and visit the shops, bars and restaurants. Of course you’ll need to sample the fish and chips…just watch out that the seagulls don’t get them first!
Another must see is the Glenfinnan Monument and Visitor Centre, which commemorates the Jacobite Clansmen who fought and died in support of Charles Edward Stewart – otherwise known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.
A trip on The Jacobite Steam Railway is described as one of the great railway journeys of the world.