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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.

 

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Edinburgh, the Jacobite & Isle of Skye
01 Nov 2023
FREDERICK MICHAEL DEDOLPH
5 stars
“Well organized itinerary - all of the reservations arrangements worked seamlessly. All of the day trips were conducted by very entertaining, professional (and local) guides. The weather cooperated and the scenery was everything we hoped for. All in all, an outstanding introduction to Scotlands highlands.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands & St Andrews
23 Sep 2023
MITCHELL, PAMELA
5 stars
“Exceeded all expectations!! We loved it all!.. great itinerary,and fabulous Tour manager…Roger!! He was ALWAYS positive,enthusiastic and knowledgeable!!! The Best!!
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
2/Mar
OLSON, CASSANDRA
4 stars
“Everything was decent. The weather didn't cooperate with us for this trip so we did miss out on a lot of the train side of our great rail journey. This was my first time booking this type of trip and while I think it was a good experience I have decided that I prefer a more leisurely vacation with a less structured itinerary.
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Grand Tour of the UK
20 Nov 2023
CJ
4 stars
“The Grand Tour of the UK included many interesting sights and informative day tours. It was certainly a worthwhile experience, and our Tour Manager was well-informed and very helpful. We did have some problems with baggage handling and lodging, but after the tour I contacted the Vacations By Rail Customer Service Manager and was able to receive appropriate compensation for the problems we encountered. I was glad to see that Vacations By Rail was responsive to our complaint.
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Highland Adventure
24 Oct 2023
Sherry
4 stars
“Great tour guide. Very flexible travel - weather permitting. It was fun although I thought we would be sleeping on a train and did not realize it was an out and back in adventure every day. Hotel was nice, their food was average. Tea magnificent and staff very accommodating.
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