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Hogwarts Express and the Scenic Highlands Day Tour from Inverness

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Enjoy some of Scotland's most stunning scenery as you travel into the Highlalnds on this full-day guided tour from Inverness. Journey around Loch Ness and all the way to the west coast. You'll see ancient ruins, a poignant war memorial, beautiful beaches and a hidden waterfall before boarding the classic Jacobite Steam Train, one of the world's most scenic railways and made famous by the Harry Potter movies.
  • Full-day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Inverness: See multiple attractions in one day
  • Includes tickets for the classic Jacobite Steam Train
  • Learn about Scottish history and culture from your guide
  • Cover plenty of ground without the hassle of driving

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Jacobite Steam Train one-way ticket (Fort William to Mallaig)
  • Expert local guide
  • Lunch
  • Toilets on board
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

    You will find your guide and bus at Stance 6.

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Operated by Highland Explorer Tours Ltd

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Hogwarts Express and the Scenic Highlands Day Tour from Inverness?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Hogwarts Express and the Scenic Highlands Day Tour from Inverness?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hogwarts Express and the Scenic Highlands Day Tour from Inverness?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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120 reviews
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Great experience
Cathy_C, May 2022
We had a wonderful day touring the Highlands. Ian told us a lot of history. The weather could have been better but that's Scotland for ye
My day out
janette_f, May 2022
The sceanary the Train meeting people from all over the world only downside it was too long a tour for me.
Iain was a great tour...
Justin_C, May 2022
Iain was a great tour guide, we had a lot of fun, would highly recommend. Even with the inclement weather it was still enjoyable. It is a long day got to see a lot.
Excellent day a must for history lovers
Nicole_J, May 2022
Had the best day , loved the trip great way to see the highlands and all it has to offer amazing highly recommend worth every penny
Excellent day great way to see highlands
Nicole_J, May 2022
The day was fantastic start to finish we had Fraser Duff as our guide he was very knowledgeable and funny you could really tell how much he loves his home , throughly enjoyed the entire trip thank you
Thanks for the celebration.
Linda_E, May 2022
As an FYI, during dry periods, the steam train doesn’t run due to the risk of starting fires. However, the trip was still a great day. Our tour guide, Alana, was terrific and even brought a cake and candle to celebrate my husband’s Birthday.
Amazing day - but short stop at Glenfinnan
Mariya_O, May 2022
This was one of most scenic tours I have ever been on, it’s a long day but well worth it and absolutely incredible. The train wasn’t pulled by a steam engine the day we went (fire risk) but the tour company couldn’t have done anything about that. The tour guide was awesome and the journey itself was amazing. However I give this four stars because the stop where you watch the train go by Glenfinnan viaduct needs to be at least 20-30 mins longer. It is a big area with a LOT to see in two different directions. There are a couple of viewpoints to watch the train go past which are about a 10 min hike each way, you need a few mins to take photos, and the train can run late(and it was in our case, it passed at our suggested departure time). We were only given enough time to see the train but there is also a Gothic Church and Loch Shiel in the other direction, which is a spectacular MUST-SEE lake from the Harry Potter movies for any HP fan (it’s where Hogwarts is!) . We wanted to also see the lake so the Glenfinnan stop ended up feeling v rushed and stressful. We had to sprint to the bus to make it back. If you are given 45 mins there like we were just bear in mind that it isn’t enough time to see everything but I would probably start with the lake and head to the viaduct afterwards. The best viewpoint is the one at the top.
Great way to spend the day
Murray_B, May 2022
Duffy our guide was wonderful and had so much knowledge which made the trip so good learning so much about the Scottish highlands and the steam train topped it all of
We enjoyed but there is room for improvement!
Ioanna_K, May 2022
We took the Jacobite train and Highlands 1-day tour and our driver-guide was Duffy. The route itself was wonderful and we really enjoying the scenic Highlands but Duffy was only good as a driver. To be a successful guide you need to be enthusiastic about what you do, because even though you do this 3-4 times a week, the group is different every time and you need to show some enthusiasm. Duffy’s attitude early in the morning looked more like “ok what do we have here, let’s get this over with”. He’s clearly very knowledgeable about the Scottish history and told many stories (we couldn’t catch everything due to the heavy Highland accent, we asked him to speak a bit more slowly but he didn’t) but he needs to be more lively, communicative and interact more with the group. It was a bit like listening to a recording (that I couldn’t understand 100% so after a while I just stopped trying and simply enjoyed the views). When I asked him which viewpoint is better for the Viaduct, he just said “both are good” when clearly one was much closer (we went to both) but he did not bother telling us. Regarding the train journey, as a Harry Potter fan, I’d like to have the option to pay more for a first-class ticket to get the full experience. 2nd class looks like a normal train but at least from there you can see the train turn on the viaduct and take cool photos out the window. :) Overall, we enjoyed but there’s space for improvement.
Great Day in Scotland
BWAYNE_H, May 2022
The entire day was exceptional. Our driver/guide Duffy was an outstanding host Nd provided the group with a fun filled day from beginning to end. Of course. The highlight was the Jacobite train, as was the stop at Glenfinnan Viaduct to watch the train crossing over. The scenery on the final drive back to Inverness on the east side of Loch Ness was absolutely breathtaking.
Best trip in Scotland
John_B, May 2022
DUFFY FRAZIER was the Best!! Loved his story telling & factual history. He had so much knowledge of the area. We could not have asked for a better driver. We would do this again. LOVED IT
Wonderful Experience!
Ashley_L, May 2022
This tour was perfect. So many amazing sights and stories. Duffy is super knowledgeable. An amazing experience!
Jacobite train/ Scottish scenery.
Liz_L, May 2022
Iian was fantastic! He was knowledgeable about the area, told us stories about the Jacobite’s , and other stories. We went to various areas ( Fort William, Fort Augustus, Foyers fall, etc.) Very accommodating, and very hospitable. It is a long day, but so worth it. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY..
Hogwarts Express/Scenic Highlands Day
Nicole_B, Apr 2022
Our day trip to the highlands and on the Hogwarts Express was great. Ian was our driver/guide and made sure that we were all having a fun day. He made sure to give us lots of history and show us the highlights while we were touring around. We can now say that we have ridden the Hogwarts Express. It was also nice to be able to go and watch the train go over the viaduct from the outside. It is a long excursion but well worth it. You get to cover a lot of ground. We would definitely recommend this trip
1 traveler found this review helpful
Tour guide was 10 out of...
Laurie_C, Apr 2022
Tour guide was 10 out of 10, very knowledgeable about Scottish history and made the day very enjoyable.
Great tour!!
Ashwika_P, Oct 2021
The highlight of our tour was the steam train and travelling over the viaduct. But overall great stops on the whole tour and our guide Dougie was really knowledgeable and good. He took us to different spots to see Loch Ness. In addition, we also got a view of train travelling over the viaduct in Glenfinnan. Definitely recommend this tour and worth the price!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Janet_O, Sept 2021
The day was brilliant, the weather was great, scenery was stunning and our driver/guide Duffy brought so much to the trip with his knowledge and history, he couldn’t have been more helpful and polite, wonderful day would recommend to all.
Brilliant trip
Gillian_S, Sept 2021
Brilliant day trip, Duffy was the excellent driver and guide. So informative and kept you interested throughout. Great stops and never felt rushed. Big thanks to Duffy.
Well worth the money
Tim_R, Sept 2021
Excellent views, enjoyable train journey, places we stopped at were very pleasant, driver was excellent even under pressure.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Well done!
Jessica_S, Sept 2021
Duffy was an amazing guide. He was so informative and kind. There was plenty of time at each stop to look around and enjoy. The day was packed full but definitely manageable. The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is that there were people on the bus not wearing masks - the guide did remind people twice but after a while some just took them off or didn't wear it properly and there was no consequence - that made me uncomfortable.
Sophie_G, Aug 2021
Andy was very friendly and had lots of stories and facts about Scotland. My friend especially loved his dating stories! The train ride was also pretty cool 😎
Excellent day out
Pauline_V, Aug 2021
Driver/ Guide Andy was brilliant very knowledgeable and funny we had a great day out and would recommend to anyone
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best day ever!!
Catherine_J, Aug 2021
Absolutely fantastic!! So much packed in to one day tour and yet we didn't feel at all rushed. Andy our guide was brilliant kept us well informed and amused all day. Would recommend this tour wholeheartedly our family of six including our 7 year old granddaughter agree it was one of the best days ever. Thanks very much Andy for a fab day out!!
Amazing - stunning scenery and steam train trip
Susie_S, Jul 2021
What a totally fabulous way to spend a day. Our guide Charlie was amazing - so interesting, funny and knowledgeable. The views and scenery were just breathtaking - some of the best have ever seen. The steam train ride was wonderful. Don’t be put off by thinking it is too long a day - the day goes in a flash and you will be left thinking when can I come back and do it again! Book it today!!
Long day, but we’ll worth it.
Karla_W, Jul 2021
Absolutely fantastic day. Duffy our guide was so full of knowledge and made all the stories so interesting. The Jacobite train was excellent. Well worth the money. Only niggle was the tour company hadn’t received our booking from Viator, but as it was reduced numbers, there was space for us to still go.
Joanna_T, Jun 2021
Absolutely amazing! Beautiful views, many places visited during one day trip. Great guide with huge knowledge.
Good trip and great tour guide
Daniel_A, Jun 2021
Duffy was an awesome tour guide. He was a great guy to talk to, shared his knowledge with us, and had an awesome attitude.
Wonderful day out , great driver Andy
Dawn_J, Jun 2021
It was really good our driver / tour guide Andy was very good with local information at everywhere we stopped at, was a really enjoyable full day out, the views on the train journey were so amazing too
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome scenery
Tracey_L, May 2021
Lovely full day exploring the Scottish Highlands - our guide Andy was very knowledgeable and helpful


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