Jacobite Steam Train
The Harry Potter Train, the Greatest Railway Journey in the
World: The Jacobite Steam Train goes by many names and is renowned
world-over for its incredibly scenic route through the Scottish
Highlands. Travelers board the train in Fort William and weave
through the remote landscape, connecting charming towns and small
villages toward the coastline and the train's terminus, Mallaig.
While the scenery has transformed over the years, passengers have
enjoyed the beauty of this route for over 120 years.
As travelers board the train in Fort William, they can look up
at the British Isles' tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. The course is
filled with tight curves, and the mighty steam engines climb steep
gradients with ease. Passengers are delighted to hear the
"clickety-clack" sound of the rails as the train proceeds through
the stunning landscape, as the Jacobite Steam Train is built with
jointed tracks rather than more modern welded tracks. Mountains and
lush glens make for incredible views, as do the numerous gleaming
lochs. The route's pinnacle comes as the Jacobite Steam Train
crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the "Harry
Potter" films. If time allows, the train makes a brief pause on the
viaduct so guests can soak in the fantastic vistas below, including
sights of Loch Shiel.
Traveling at a pace of no more than 50 miles per hour, the
iconic Jacobite Steam Train presents the Scottish Highlands'
immense beauty seven days a week from April until October.
Travelers may select from two departures daily. Six hours of
incredible scenery and nostalgic rail experiences lie ahead on the
Jacobite Steam Train.