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Jacobite Steam Train
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh Including...
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5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh
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2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The trip itself was ok if not to talk about seats in 2. class (no space for long legs). We tried to book tickets online the previous evening but we got no respond. By phone we got explanation, that 30 tickets will be avilable in the morning prior departure so we had to stand and wait for more than an hour to get on train. Almost nothing to do at destination.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

We took our 11 and 5 year old grandsons on the Jacobite steam train in July, Glasgow fair Saturday.

The weather wasn't great, warm overcast and raining by the time we got back to Fort William.

We went first class, last time a few years ago we had seats in second class. This was worth the extra we paid, in our opinion. At least we got to take photos out of our own window this time. Much more pleasant, this time.

The boys loved it and the 11 year old said it was even better second time round.

It's not boring it's beautiful and something different. We got the service train up and back from Glasgow too which was scenic and efficient but the steam train is special.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We were 4 Canadians from British Columbia near Vancouver area and were thoroughly pleased with the online booking process we did before leaving for the U.K. Everything that we expected on this trip was met. The classic train is very similar to the Royal Hudson Steam Train that used to run from Vancouver to Squamish. We loved being able to view the country side from the train with glimpses of sheep dotting the hills and vistas of the ocean. The big highlight was riding over the trestle that was filmed in one the Harry Potter flicks - really cool. The train makes a stop about half way so that another train can pass by en route to Fort William. At this stop passengers can get out and wander nearby the station landing and use the washroom there. There is also a free demo in the small train house where the old system of rail switching is shown through clever use of video and hands on operation of the big switching levers used long ago. After the stop you travel on to Mallig, a small fishing village on the coast line. The stop is about 2 and half hours long, just long enough to explore the village and sample the somewhat overpriced food at restaurants in the area. (We would recommend taking a picnic lunch instead, although experiencing fresh seafood is a strong attractor here, just be warned the prices seemed steep to us) Lots of opportunity for picture taking of this scenic village is a must. The trip back is equally picturesque and memorial. Food and refreshments are available on the train for purchase. Washrooms are available on the train and a unique experience. We were glad we put this on our list of things to do while in Fort William - a worthy experience.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Classic steam train journey with some stunning scenery.However,it was a very hot day and the ventilation isn't good coupled with the relatively cramped seating.It got better on the return because some people stayed in Mallaig which meant room to move

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We paid £53 single one way First class fare on the way to Mallaig and £29 single second class on the way back because we wanted to go on to Skye for a few days. It really wasn’t worth it and I was very disappointed to find that we couldn’t get a return (£58 first class single) if we didn’t return on the return train back that day.
The First Class carriages are like the ones on Harry Potter but much more cramped and quite shabby. The windows were dirty, which isn’t surprising as it is a Steam Train but the seats weren’t great, the table was cheap Formica, there’s no baggage car you have to jam your luggage in the rack above your head. Luckily there was a very helpful male passenger who helped us put our bags up.
The website says free tea and coffee. It’s literally one cup of tea or coffee and a shortbread biscuit. If you want anything else you’ll have to try to get to the buffet car, better still take a packed lunch as you’ve only got 1 hour and 45mins in Mallaig if you’re getting the return train.
We had to get the steam train back as there is no normal service on the line after the 10:10 leaves Mallaig until after 4pm. This time we got second class tickets. The carriage is open so there’s more room and a nicer atmosphere. It rained all the way back so the windows steamed up immediately and despite trying to wipe them with a cloth I had in my bag we gave up. My advice is quite frankly get the normal train which is £11.25 return (and you can return at any time in the next month) or drive. If you are getting the steam train, which feels just like an old normal train but leaves you a bit sooty and skint, then don’t waste your money on First class and buy your tickets on the day as it really isn’t worth it if it’s raining. Most people slept on the way back as there really was no way you could see a thing. Turn up early to buy tickets as they sell out fast on the platform. Don’t waste your money on the “map” either. It doesn’t make sense and is really inaccurate and badly drawn.
Having said all that, I’m glad I’ve done it, I won’t do it again. The views are lovely on a dry day but on the whole it felt like a rip off and definitely not worth the exorbitant fares. It just didn’t feel like the treat it was meant to be. Next time I go to Skye I’m definitely taking the car.
There’s no joined up public transport system for the road to the isles at all, the Portree bus doesn’t meet the lunchtime ferry so a return trip to Portree from Fort William via the steam train, ferry and taxis to and from Armadale to Portree (we didn’t want to wait 4 hours in Armadale for the bus) cost £304 in fares for two of us, that’s not counting the hotel bills or food or anything else. No wonder people go abroad on holiday. If the train company had at least let us use a return ticket to come back a few days later I might have enjoyed it more but as it was, an unnecessary waste of money.
Quick tip: The engine stops past the end of the platform at Glenfinnan so you won’t get a photo of the front of the train unless you ask one of the workmen to go take a photo for you like I did. It’s also almost impossible to get near the front of the train when you get to Mallaig as everyone has had the same idea.

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