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  • Address: Fort William, Scotland
  • Hours: May-October
  • Admission: Varies

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Jacobite Steam Train

Featured as the fictional Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films, Scotland's legendary Jacobite Steam Train offers a magical opportunity to see the rolling Scottish countryside. You'll recognize the train from the movie scene in which Harry and crew are transported to Hogwarts from Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station.

Away from the cameras, the historic Jacobite runs from Fort William to Mallaig, essential destinations when touring Scotland's West Coast. The 84-mile (135-km) round-trip journey features old-fashioned carriages and compartments, plus the pure nostalgia of traveling under the power of steam, as the locomotive winds through Highlands valleys and beside lochs and glens.

One of the main highlights of the journey is crossing the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan viaduct, memorably captured in the Harry Potter films and overlooking Loch Shiel. Then, travelers can exit the train at Glenfinnan station to stretch and visit the West Highland Railway Museum. After, the train passes through the villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, and Morar before reaching the end of the line in Mallaig, the ferry port for the Isle of Skye. Views from Mallaig stretch across the water to the islands, and the little harbor town is small enough to explore on foot after the train ride. Round-trip passengers have about an hour and a half to explore Mallaig before the return journey to Fort William commences.

Practical Info

The Jacobite Steam Train runs from May to October, with trains departing from Fort William at 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Many overnight and multi-day journeys through Scotland include transport from Edinburgh to the Fort William station. Try to book a seat in carriage D, featured in the Harry Potter movies.

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