Tour code: 5256JACOB
This 2-day heritage tour of the Scottish Highlands features historic locations linked to the Jacobite movement of 18th-century Scotland. Visit the village of Dunkeld, drive through Cairngorm National Park to Loch Ness, and stay overnight in Fort William. You’ll ride to Mallaig aboard the Jacobite steam train, featured as the Hogwarts Express in the popular Harry Potter films. Along the way, hear tales of battles fought by the Jacobites — supporters of the exiled King James II. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Overnight trip combining stunning Highland scenery with tales of Jacobite history
  • Ride on the famous Jacobite Steam Train, better known as Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Cairngorm National Park
  • Small-group tour, with a maximum group size of 15, ensures a more personalized experience
  • Choose from B&B or hotel accommodation for your overnight stay

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express

2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express

This small-group tour of the Scottish Highlands offers a historical spin on the region; your guide regales you with tales of the Jacobite army, which led several 18th-century rebellions in Scotland under the exiled court of King James II. Along with visits to Loch Ness, Dunkeld and Mallaig, you’ll enjoy a Jacobite steam train ride, aka the Hogwarts Express.

Travel in the personalized comfort of a minivan, and stay overnight at a hotel or B&B accommodation in Fort William, including breakfast.

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Fort William
Departing from central Edinburgh by minivan, your small-group tour commences with a photo opportunity at the world's first major steel bridge (the Forth Railway Bridge) before continuing on to the quaint village of Dunkeld in Perthshire. Take a woodland walk around the village where Jacobite battles raged in bygone times.

En route north, you will pass the breathtaking Drumochter Pass, skirting the dramatic peaks of Cairngorm National Park before heading straight to the shores of Loch Ness for a photo opportunity, to try and catch sight of the fabled Loch Ness monster. Your first day ends in Fort William, roughly an hour away from Loch Ness.

Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Fort William

Day 2: Fort William Mallaig Edinburgh (B)
After breakfast, start the morning on board the famous Jacobite steam train, featured in the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express. Regarded as one of the world's greatest train journeys, its route passes a list of impressive extremes. Starting in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, the train journey passes the deepest lochs, shortest river and most westerly train station in Britain. You'll cross the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films and the Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite rising.

Depart the train at Mallaig, a pretty fishing village on Scotland's west coast and take time to sample Scottish seafood for lunch (own expense). Your return journey includes a stop at Glencoe, a narrow glen framed by wild mountains and steeped in Jacobite history. Marvel at the remaining beauty of the highlands as you pass Ranoch Moor and Stirlingshire on your way back to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Connie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great trip. Michael was a superb group leader, stopping at many scenic spots for us to take photos. And, he is a great story teller! So, the history was interesting and the scenery was spectacular.

Kathy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was amazing. We had so much fun. We were expecting a full 2 day tour on the train but it was actually a bus tour for the 1st day and the Hogwarts train for the 2nd day. Our tour guide was funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. The B and B we stayed at was one of the best we had stayed in during our entire trip. I would definately recommend this tour.

Brenda M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Gary, our tour guide, was a delight! He ensured everyone's needs were met and we were safe as a group. The Jacobite tour visited several Outlander sights, drove through the beautiful Highlands, and stopped often for photo opportunities. We chose the option of a hotel stay and was not disappointed as our room overlooked Loch Ness. The train was nice, however, I would recommend when choosing a seat you choose one on the side of the platform. We expected the train to turn around for the return trip where we would have an opportunity for photos. The view from our side of the train was less picturesque.

Theresa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A GREAT TOUR, WILL RECOMMEND IT. JUST NEEDED MORE TIME FOR PICTURES OF THE BRIDGE.

Shelby O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic excursion through some gorgeous and historically-significant countryside. I would recommend this trip without hesitation. Our guide, Frank, was perfect. He knew when to share information, put on music, or just let us chill. He was excellent and always let us know what was coming up, what to look for, and how the day was going to proceed.

Jeri S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The size of the tour was perfect - not too many people, not too few. The B and B I stayed in was excellent. Not only did we get to see and do everything that was on the tour, but our guide added in a few things like a very short side trip to some standing stones, which is something I've always wanted to see. The guide, Frank, was very knowledgable about the Jacobite era of history. For me, seeing the standing stones, spending time on the Culloden battlefield, and riding on the Hogwarts train were the best parts.

Pamela A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a fantastic time on this trip. Our host/driver Rob was absolutely wonderful. He made everyone feel very welcome, was very knowledgeable and had a really great sense of humour which made the trip most enjoyable. Lots of highlights and great memories. Would highly recommend. Pam and Nathan, Adelaide, South Australia

Natalie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Highly recommended tour for singles, partners and families. A great experience of Scotland, the Highlans, Jacobite history and of course the Jacobite Steam train. Very enjoyable tour with a great company and driver

Grace G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was the highlight of our time in the UK! Scotland is a beautiful country. The tour was made awesome by our tour guide, Mark! Complete with kilt, charm and humour. He was knowledgeable about the places and sights we saw. This happened to be our last tour of our stay and it was the best. So relaxing! We saw Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Culloden (battlefield), a stay in Fort William (Stobahn B and B), topped off by the train ride! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see Scotland!!

Bernadette H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our tour guide, Mike, was simply outstanding. We had not done our research reading before we went so Mike's commentary was fascinating ( and validating) that we had booked the right tour. Being rabid Harry Potter fans (my friend and I are elementary school teachers) we were snapping photos from the very beginning of the "Harry Potter Hogwart's Bridge!" It was even a bigger thrill to see the people who had hiked out to the bridge tressle to take a photo of the train from above! The group was very diverse, but appreciated the attention from our tour guide. Overnighting in our Bread and Breakfast was a true delight. He was running the B and B alone, but he was cordial and attentive. There were 7 of us staying ther,e and it was great fun! I have traveled a great deal, and I was truly impressed with the people, the country, the history, and the entire experience. Being from Alaska, I truly appreciate the diverse experience of Scotland. Truly a delight!

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