Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train
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Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!
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  • cynsha
    Mankato, Minnesota418 contributions
    It was on my bucket list--best experience ever!
    We rode the Jacobite Steam Train in April, 2022. It was on my list of favorite destinations and even though it rained that day, it was still the best experiences of my life. Just to ride in the same train from the Harry Potter movies made it one of the most memorable events of our trip to Scotland. I hope to do it again someday!
    Visited April 2022
    Written 9 February 2023
  • who_we_talkin_about
    646 contributions
    The Jacobite Steam Train is a must do when visiting Scottland.
    The Jacobite Steam Train is a must do when visiting Scottland. This may be the best way to visit the highlands. The trip is amazing and the scenery is jaw dropping. For Harry Potter fans, you can't miss it. Couple of tips: 1. Make your reservation the November before you plan on going. Seats go fast. 2. When you stop for lunch at Malig, get to a restaurant quickly. The first sitting will fill up with your fellow passengers really fast.
    Visited June 2022
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Anita and Andy
    Rockingham, Australia16 contributions
    All aboard the Jacobite express even if you haven't purchased a ticket online!
    We hadn't previously booked online as we didn't know exactly when we would be in Fort William so was pleasantly surprised whence we found out you can line up early the day you want to travel and buy a ticket from the platform. There was a lot of people lining up to purchase tickets for the day and we all got on - left us a bit curious as to why you can't book a ticket online with so many seats available, though I suppose its because they are not the 'posh' seats with lunches served etc ...but the views out the window are the same for everyone ;). Once you have your ticket, you can go for some breakfast over at Morrissons right next to the train station. We paid to park our car in the train station car park about 4 pounds for the day but a lot of people just park in the Morrisons supermarket carpark. The trip itself very scenic and the commentary advises when 'landmarks' and photo opportunities are coming up. Not a massive amount of things to do at the other end in Mallaig....have a walk, have some lunch (the restaurants fill up fast), buy an ice-cream and enjoy the little harbour area. That was mainly due to us purchasing a ticket and travelling the same day - there were tours etc available that you could take and they would have you back in time to get the train back. We were just happy to have travelled the route, meet some fellow tourists and a take nice walk about the little shops and harbour in Mallaig.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2023
  • jonnry h
    Derry, United Kingdom2 contributions
    Great trip and fantastic guide
    Went on this from Edinburgh by coach. Great day out, weather was surprisingly good and driver/tour guide Connor was fantastic. Friendly, informative and very funny. Recommended if you want to get a view of the Highlands and some history condensed into a single day
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Jenny Richardson
    12 contributions
    Silver wedding dreams....
    We done this on our silver wedding anniversary. We decided to recreate the places we visited on our honeymoon 25 years ago, but back then we didn't have much money and couldn't afford the added expense of a railway journey. My husband has always wanted to go on the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig so I booked it as a surprise for him for on the day we got married. It didn't disappoint. We had champagne and chocolates and Ben Nevis whiskey pack. The weather was glorious and the views were outstanding. At the time I wanted to book first class but they were all sold out, but to be honest the other carriages are ok. You sit on one side going out and the opposite on the way back so you get to see the views on both sides. We stopped over the viaduct so you are able to get photographs. Then we stopped and got off at Glenfinnan Station for around 20 minutes. Then back onto Mallaig where you spend 2 hours. All in all the day is about 6 hours all together so we'll worth the price I thought. It was a fantastic memory for us. Here's to the next 25. Hope to come back and do it again.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2023
  • Marguerita T
    Singapore, Singapore251 contributions
    Extra Thrills If You're a Harry Potter Fan!
    As Harry Potter fans, this was a must-take attraction when planning our Scotland trip. Our travel planner got us two 2-way first-class coach tickets with high tea. Based in Inverness, we took a private transfer to Fort William where we embarked the train. Besides the thrill of being on a steam train, the highlight of course is crossing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in all 8 HP films and which the train driver will kindly announced as we approached it. (Do find a nice spot without windows to film it if you can). There is a 1.5 hr stopover in port town Mallig which is basically time enough for a quick lunch and to browse a few shops. High tea (ala a picnic box with tea/coffee) is served in a different coach on the return leg, and again you will be notified when the train approaches the Viaduct. Train journey is roughly 2 hours each leg and it's a cool way to see the Scottish countryside. Extra thrilling if you are a HP fan!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Judy
    Australia6 contributions
    A once in a lifetime special experience!
    One of our favourite experiences in Scotland. I am so glad we booked well ahead in First Class seats with champagne, it was such a special once in lifetime experience! Truly special and the visit to Mallaig also lovely. Highly recommend fish and chips from a local pub there!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Departure14738018057
    United Kingdom6 contributions
    Great train ride
    Always loved steam and Harry Potter so I booked this for my birthday and it was brilliant! The staff were all very helpful and knowledgeable. The scenery was so beautiful and its lovely they flip your seat so you can see both sides on your journey. Really loved it. After seeing all the Instagram reels and spots on TV, to actually experience this spectacular journey for myself was a dream come true.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 May 2023
  • David C
    London, United Kingdom375 contributions
    Magnificent
    Brilliant journey through wonderful countryside. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Hard to beat a steam hauled train on such a scenic line. Had all one should expect including some soot and smoke. Must go again some time while such a journey is possible. This is so much better than a trip on a heritage line with much faster speed. A real working railway for a day. In Mallaig we had lunch and visited an excellent second hand book shop.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Donna D
    8 contributions
    Fun Time!
    My daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed our Easter Sunday train ride! The train was clean, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It was amazing to see all the people who line the route. We enjoyed our time visiting the town and seeing the Harry Potter merchindise. The tea service was an extra plus of the trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 June 2023
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Patricia T
18 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Great experience awesome views of the countryside. Loved the beverage options and the cart that sold hogwarts goodies. Bought chocolate frogs!
Written 7 November 2023
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Graham D
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Apr 2023 • Family
This was a must for any 'obsessed' Harry Potter fan. Took our Son for his 20th Birthday because he has grown up with Harry Potter. It was a great experience, just to be able to look down the Loch and see exactly where Hogwarts would stand if it all was real. Over much too quickly, but then we went back to view it all from the ground and was surprised to see so many sightseers waving like mad as the train went by. Definitely a must for all Harry Potter fans. Book in advance.. It gets busy. Remember the train is also used by muggles who live in the area and need to get from Fort William to Mallaig, or vice versa.
Written 2 November 2023
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BostonJandP
Beverly, MA195 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
If you are a Harry Potter Fan, this is a must. We upped our reservation so sat in a car with a table, lamp, and also were served tea and biscuits. Unfortunately it was a rainy day, but the views were still magnificent and the other couple in our little compartment were a lot of fun. Was amusing to look out the windows and see all the people taking photos of us as we passed through a crossing or when we were on the great bridge. During the layover before the return, it is worthwhile to take a little harbor cruise which leaves about 15 minutes after you arrive and returns in time to catch the train back.
Written 31 October 2023
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helenT6233TM
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The carriage was disgustingly filthy especially the windows (both inside and out). This meant the views were spoilt. When you consider our carriage had about 32 seats @ approx £50 per seat you'd think they could afford a cleaner. Compared to the Aviemore Steam train which was immaculate this was a poor show and a rip off.
Written 30 October 2023
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David C
Steeple Ashton, UK210 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The scenery from the train is as good as it gets, but in standard class the coaches are nothing special. As you cannot hang out the windows photography is a challenge.
From the 100+ photographers standing in the fields near the viaduct, that’s the place for pics. In the station is a good place to take your steam loco pics. To sum up, if you are on a tight budget just take a regular train from Fort William to Mallaig for a third of the £60 adult fare. You can then take better pics as the Jacobite approach the station at both ends.
Written 28 October 2023
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Rich30350
Sandy Springs, GA693 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
I've taken a few really special train rides through picturesque landscapes but unfortunately this wasn't one of them. We arrived at the train just in time for its departure and had 1st class assigned seats in Car A. We went to our seats and there was a family sitting in them...we asked the train workers to help and this was an ordeal. We eventually just took another seat in Car B as the process of fixing this was taking too much time. The train ride is average, nothing special. The workers are very unhappy and don't make the experience anything special. We took it one way to the boat to Skye.
Written 24 October 2023
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Phoebe
Dunfermline, UK7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
My mum, my gran and I all had crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the Jacobite Steam Train (The Hogwarts Express) on our bucket list and it absolutely did not disappoint! Being HUGE Harry Potter fans this was a magical experience for all of us.

We sat in the First Class carriage which for me all added to the experience, this came with a cup of tea and biscuits! We didn’t opt for the high tea or the champagne however in hindsight we wish we did go for the champagne! The views were absolutely outstanding and it’s not any surprise why is named by most one of the ‘Best in the World’. One thing we liked is you will sit on one side of the carriage Fort William - Mallaig and then the other side Mallaig - Fort William, that way everyone gets the benefits of both sides of the train. Once you arrive in Mallaig you have around 2hours to explore, have a bite to eat if you wish and if you’re a Harry Potter fan there is a Harry Potter shop to browse as well.

The train sells out - FAST! Being prepared is very important. We bought this as a birthday present for my gran in October 2022 however due to commitments throughout the year the only available date wasn’t for a year in advance.

We travelled on the 20/10/2023 and I just want to give the biggest shout out to all the staff who went above & beyond on this trip for us specifically. My gran is disabled and really struggles with her mobility but ALL the staff were extremely helpful and very patient with us! We advised in advance we would require a ramp to get my gran onto the train which was all ready and waiting for us and that staff assisted us on, on both legs of the journey! We were beyond grateful to the patience they showed us as you can imagine travelling with a disable person with limited mobility can be very stressful but the journey was seamless from beginning - end, thanks to the staff.
Written 24 October 2023
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Walter L
Southampton, UK16 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Fabulous train wonderful staff beautiful views. Enough time in millaig for lunch then a great journey back to fort william. A very special treat. Well done all concerned. Sheila & Wally Link.
Written 24 October 2023
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Tinylittlepea
Blackpool, UK64 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was our second time on the Jacobite. It was my birthday present from my partner. Love the train. Why wouldn’t you it’s a steam train. My problem was the god awful afternoon tea. You got your hot drinks then a box (supposedly for 2 people) with equivalent of 2 slices of bread /sandwiches, 2 little cakes and scones at a charge of £27. Are you having a laugh. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Do the Train. Take your own snacks.
Written 21 October 2023
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Barbara
Aberdeen, UK32 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
All of the staff were really lovely, so polite and caring. Made intereting conversation with us. The Buffet Staff were delightful and kind. We bought an Afternoon Tea but honestly, its nothing special although its very well presented in a box. There are several wonderful eateries on arrival in Mallaig. The train journey is a lovely experience however you may be very interested in seeing the train travelling across the Viaduct which you cant fully appreciate on board the train from your window seat. No hanging out of windows nowadays-Adhered strictly to Health and Safety Policies. My next trip will be simply to Glenfinnan to enjoy the visitor centre and the view of the train travelling over the viaduct.
Written 21 October 2023
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