Board the Jacobite Steam Train

Any Harry Potter fans among you will immediately recognise this image as from the iconic scene from the movie franchise, but not all will know it by name. This is the 21 arched Glenfinnan viaduct, which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite Monument, and on the tracks is the world renowned Jacobite Steam Train.

The Jacobite Steam Train has been heralded as one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, spanning 84 miles (round trip) between Fort William and Mallaig. Fort William is the largest town in the Highlands and is well known by walkers for being at the southern end of the famous walking route ‘The Great Glen Way’ and of course for being at the foot of the mighty Ben Nevis. Mallaig is a fishing port and the gateway to Skye and some of the smaller islands. The train also makes a stop enroute at the small village of Glenfinnan. There are currently four steam locomotives operating this journey: the Lancashire Fusilier, the North Briton, the Lord of the Isles and the Sherwood Forester.

This train journey operates seasonally between April and October. Pre-booking is essential as this route is in high demand.