2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express - Reviews

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CHUCK A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Great time!

Jonathan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 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.

IAN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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

Ronald M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was an excellent tour, we'll worth the money and the time. The bus was comfortable, the guide/driver was friendly and provided the commentary with a bit of humor, story telling, and with the local knowledge of having grown up in the area. The tour did a good job of covering the middle of the Highlands which contain most of what you would like to see. The small towns and villages, Loch Ness no monster included the Jacobite Steam Train and all the wonderful scenery fulfilled our expectations. The hotel we stayed in The Inch exceeded those expectations and the dinner we had there was as good as any you could get in Edinburgh or London. Overall, a tour we can highly recommend.

Daniel O United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Amazing Tour. Great, history lesson, visually spectacular,

Sean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Tour was wonderful! Tons of history! You will span a large area of Scotland so there is a lot of traveling on the bus. The train was the absolute highlight of the trip! We did have one glitch with our accommodations. They use several B and B's in Fort Augustus for the over night. I was unaware of this. I had two bookings, one with myself and sister and another for my single son. I did have Viator cross reference the reservations and did not even think to ask upon check in for the tour that the tour operator did indeed show us cross referenced. Shortly before we arrived at all of the accommodations around 6PM it was discovered that my son was in a different B and B. There was no way to fix the error so we were split up and about a mile away from each other. If you are traveling with multiple reservations as you cannot book 3 people on one reservation, please be sure to ask upon check in that you are all staying together. If you are split, it will give them time to see if changes can be made. I wish my tour guide had taken the initiative to ask if anyone was willing to switch as there were several people staying at the same B and B as my son. But she didn't. She waited until everyone was dropped to then call her accommodations department. They of course stated there were no notes on the reservation. So please keep this in mind if you are traveling with a group of people. Otherwise, great experience!

Gladys M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Loved this tour. The whole experience except for the tour guide was great! So enjoyed taking the Hogwarts Express twice. Took lots of pictures. It was also great to get to Loch Ness. The Loch Ness Guest House, in Fort Augustus, was very nice and cozy, with a beautiful view of the Highlands. Would take that tour again any time!

Gladys M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Loved this tour. The whole experience except for the tour guide was great! So enjoyed taking the Hogwarts Express twice. Took lots of pictures. It was also great to get to Loch Ness. The Loch Ness Guest House, in Fort Augustus, was very nice and cozy, with a beautiful view of the Highlands. Would take that tour again any time!

Clara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

While I kind of thought the engine of the Jacobite train would be the Hogwarts Express it wasn't it was still a steam engine, which I thought added to the experience--especially going through a few tunnels. The views from the train were simply spectacular, and we had an amazing driver who was able to show us some somewhat hidden gems along the roads to our destinations. The bed and breakfast I stayed at was also amazing and my hosts were wonderful. And of course we spent just the right amount of time at Lake Ness to enjoy the afternoon. Would highly recommend all parts of this Jacobite Experience.

bsbrown2421

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This was a great way to see the country that holds so much history and that serves as the setting for some wonderful literature. Our drive, guide, historian, comedian was Barney and he provided an awesome commentary that was informative and entertaining. I don't know if there's any way to see as much of Scotland in as little time as this tour provides. I would be remiss without including recognition of our charming B and B host and hostess in Fort William

jmaher620

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The tour and driver Paul were wonderful and very interesting. Driving through the highlands with all the informational stories provided by Oaul with his wit was Great. The Hotel was charming and clean with an outstanding restaurant and staff. We loved the whole expierience and will highly recommend it! Thanks

Silvia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Great tour. Our guide, Howard, was so funny and prepared. He helped us to discover lot of beautiful places from different point of view. He was really kind and was a pleasure to stay with him. It is curious how he tried to make you a good experience of Hogwarts Express, also to see it outside the viadukt.
The best experience to make a real Harry Potter tryp and also discover beautiful Highlands histories and landscapes.

Ilya K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Excellent journey! The accommodation and the program were very good but I should particularly note our guide.

Jan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

The history was amazing our tour guide was so knowledgeable it's really given me a taste to find out more I loved the scenery and my son and I enjoyed the highlight of the tour the Jacobite express and our boat trip on the loch an optiional extra to urquart castle brilliant
Malieg our final destination a beauftiful fishing port and so peaceful I wish we could have afforded another cruise to see the sea life but another time maybe the sea food was amazing I'm not sure we would have had time to do both .
Our accommodation on the way up was lovely our hosts very accommodating I ventured to the village where jean Paul was singing had a good old pub atmosphere and there's no end to this guys talents got to meet some lovely people on our trip from various places loved it highly recommended thanks jean Paul

Regina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This was such an amazing trip. Brenden was absolutely phenomenal and super knowledgable! The trip itself was great fulfilling my Harry Potter and Outlander obsession as well as hearing the history of Scotland. We go a BnB and it was absolutely fantastic. Highlanbd Experience was very well organized and I thoroughly thought this was worth every penny spent. Thanks for making this such a memorable trip!

Michael O. T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Brendan was the most marvelous of tour guides! He was funny, knowledgeable, and made sure we had every opportunity to see and experience all that there was available. He gave us ample time at the various sites and even made sure we had photo stops along the way. He even sang to us! I've been on a lot of these sorts of tours and never had a better tour guide. As for the tour sites, we saw so much more than Lochness and the Jacobite steam train. Brandan stopped at many surprise attractions. We certainly got our money's worth! Great tour. Also, the B and B accommodations in Fort Alexander Lochness were wonderful.

Jonathan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

The tour was amazing! Really worth the money and I actually feel we got more than we were expecting. The tour guide (Chris) was very knowledgable and friendly, we feel that he made the trip even more better. The BnB was very smart and friendly too. Excellent trip and highly recommended.

Kris B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Was a fantastic 2 days through the Scottish Highlands and getting to travel on the Jacobite Steam Train aka replica to Hogwarts Express I loved it

Chelsea H Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Really excellent tour! I would have loved a bit more historical commentary, but otherwise, the trip was fabulous. Chris was very accommodating and knowledgeable. He runs a tight ship, but does it with a smile - we made it to all our destinations on time and even had time to stop off at a few great photo opportunities to stretch our legs now and then. I don't think we were ever confined to the coach for more than an hour. We saw beautiful locations, admission to all the attractions went without any hiccups. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the experience. Would definitely do a tour with Highland Experience again!

Jacquelyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Great tour! You get a good amount of history and pop culture knowledge about Scotland. Doing the train was a great highlight. Loch Ness is beautiful as well.

judithparr49

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

This trip was amazing! The scenery spectacular! Great group of people and our guide, John Paul made the whole trip. He was extremely informative and made the whole experience so much more enjoyable. A lovely, funny man.

Arsh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Possibly one of my most favourite tour experiences in Scotland. Our guide, Martin, was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited. I loved the ride on the train, and I am a big HP fan so it was pretty awesome! I did a one hour boat tour in Mallaig which was amazing as well. Colloden also gave me the shivers but was worth it. Loved the night I spent in Fort Augustus, especially because I'd been in city lodgings the whole time. However, it was a bit scary walking back to the B and B that night because there were barely any lights in the little town and my B and B was not close to the town centre. But this just made it all the more fun. Loved Loch Ness!! Loved everything - a great experience which I highly recommend.

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!

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