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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
  • Transport by luxury and midi coach
  • 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 Augustus, including breakfast.

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Fort Augustus 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. Stop At Culloden Moor, scene of the last Jacobite battle 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 Augustus, roughly an hour away from Loch Ness.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Fort Augustus

Day 2: Fort Augustus – 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

Wing Yan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Love the tour and love the whole highland experience which the scenery are gorgeous! Howard lead a good tour and bring us to a perfect view for viewing the Hogwarts Express!

Adolfo C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a nice tour. Michael, our driver was cool.
The stops in Dunkeld, Hermitage, Newmore and culloden were good. We also got a couple of stops in between like the highlands border and Loch Ness for photos until we reach the absolutely amazing Fort Augustus, located at the bottom of Loch Ness. Be aware that the bus does not stop in Inverness, it just goes through it. I think they should make some time, at least 30 minutes to include a photo stop there.
Oaklands Bed and Breakfast in Fort Augustus was amazing. The hosts were a lovely elder couple.
The second day was really good. We went to Fort William to take the Jacobite train. Although it only reached Glenfinnan because the rail was closed due to some mud collapse, it was a nice ride. The viaduct is beautiful. Then we had lunch in Glencoe, an amazing valley.
HE was kind to take us to Doune Castle as a way to replace the time gap in the Jacobite train. It's a cool castle. Then we got two photo stops in Stirling Castle and Falkir before heading back to Edinburgh.

Anita L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour! Definitely brings you to places that and #39;s hard to get to unless you drive yourself! Guide was extremely friendly and helpful. The hogwart express was awesome - a must for Harry Potter fans!

Emma E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour, would definitely recommend!

Auri P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide John Paul was excellent and provided entertaining commentary on the sights and history of Scotland. The scenery was utterly gorgeous and of course the steam train ride capped it all off in a grand way!

Jill S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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.

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