Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Overview

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 Augustus. 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.
  • 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
  • Transport by luxury and midi coach
  • Choose from B&B or hotel accommodation for your overnight stay
  • Group size max 32 on mini coach
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 Rannoch Moor and Stirlingshire on your way back to Edinburgh.

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L
, Oct 2018

Steven B is an excellent guide and shared many history stories with us. I appreciate his views. He stopped many times to allow us to see the sites. He is a good driver and knows where he's going. Always courteous.The little bus was full and that was a bit uncomfortable.

D
, Sep 2018

We had a wonderful time on this trip. Our guide offered a lot of great information and made the trip fun with his personal touches. The B and B we stayed at in Fort Augustus was beautiful and very comfortable. We loved the train ride with all its scenic beauty. We would do this trip again in a heartbeat!

J
, Sep 2018

AMAZING - This tour is perfect if you have a short visit to Scotland. It covers a lot of terrritory and diverse interests in 2 wonderful days.
The Best part of the tour was our guide and bus driver Steven B. The B most certainly stand for BEST. He's a proud, sincere Scotsman with a classic Scottish sense of humor and an excellent, engaging storyteller! Thank you Steven B. for sharing your love for Scotland, Glencoe, Hairy Coos and stories of your family! This tour was magic and special!

r
, Sep 2018

This tour was better than I thought it would be! Our guide Barney shared so much interesting history on the different areas we drove through. There were plenty of stops on the way so we never felt the drive was too long. We took a cruise on Loch Ness and stayed in a bed and breakfast right on the Loch. It was lovely. The steam trade ride was unforgettable...beautiful scenery just like in the movies! It was a wonderful trip for my husband and me. One we'll never forget.

A
, Aug 2018

nice trip beautiful scenery. Out driver/guide Fraiser was vey informative and friendly. Accommodation was nice a lot of photo stops

t
, Aug 2018

Loved it and Sergio was a great guide. We really got a great feel for the Highlands of Scotland. Stops were well planned and accommodations were better than expected. Thanks

S
, Aug 2018

My daughter and I have just returned from this trip. It was fantastic! Steven B was our guide and he was fabulous to say the least. He kept us well entertained with wonderful stories and historical fact. Apart from visiting lots of interesting places, he also took us for wee walks and wee advantures!! It was great! Truly an experpience to remember! I highly recommend it. Thank you Steven.

C
, Jan 2018

Great time!

J
, Jan 2018

This tour made for 2 of the most exiting days on our trip through Scotland. Our guide, Brendan, was hilariously entertaining and full of knowledge, constantly providing fund facts and answering all questions the group had. He alone made the trip worthwhile and was very consciencous at spending time getting to know each person in the large group. Even though we saw it on a rainy day, the Jacobite Train was wonderful and worth the experience, meeting our expectations of the journey. Booking this as part of a tour made the logistics much easier as the train is difficult to get round trip tickets online. We were able to get excellent window seats and plenty of pictures on the train, which can be difficult if booking individually. Though the train was the highlight, the bus travels for two days through the highlands some of the prettiest places I have visited. It frequently stops some wonderful small towns for food as well. We stays at a B and B on Loch Ness that was right on the Loch and very nice place. We could not have asked for a nicer 2 day trip and highly recommend this trip for other travelers.

I
, Oct 2017

Excellent well worth it . Very instructive driver/guide - stunning scenery.Fun train ride.


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