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“One of the best moment of my whole trip!”

Jacobite Steam Train
Ranked #13 of 53 things to do in Fort William
Certificate of Excellence
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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 16 September 2015

I did not expect such an experience.

First of all, we paid for the VIP (well worth it) and on the ride out, we were - as well - disappointed with the lack of Harry Potter info.

There is a (TOTAL) upswing:
1) This is not a "Harry Potter Attraction." It's a "train enthusiast" attraction. It's one of the very few steam trains that still run. Many of the employees are volunteers, just to have the opportunity to operate a steam train. Any references/locations are incumbent on the passenger to research as they aren't "tour guides."

2) The little town you visit is quaint and has it's own personality.

3) On the way out, they did NOT warn us about the upcoming viaduct. You have to be prepared for it, and get a good window, as only one side has the best view. Paying for VIP was totally worth it.

4) I understand they are booked all the way through to next June! So plan (months) ahead! Buy your tickets ASAP.

5) We're pretty friendly and chatty people and spoke to the souvenir person, the woman running the cart, everybody ... and they were SO GREAT! We had them sign our book at the end. We even were able to talk to the gentleman who shoveled the coal! (total highlight) The engineer was so amazing. He even spoke to me about how he started on the Jacobite ... I would totally ride it again.

Thank David E
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Was given tickets for this trip as a present. Really enjoyed the journey, and a rare sunny September day helped to make the scenery even more spectacular. I agree with other reviewers that the carriages are in need of a face lift but I didn't go on the trip to look at the carriages. The lack of any references to Harry Potter didn't bother me as I took the trip to enjoy the scenery and also the nostalgia of a steam train journey - soot and all!

Thank Grovygranma
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

This is a real must for steam buffs and those who like to admire Scottish scenery. Although I had already booked a seat there appeared to be some seats available on the day. By not pre-booking you can try to take advantage of any good weather that might be available. The short stop along the route at Glenfinnan gives the opportunity to stretch the legs and get a dring and snack at the Glenfinnan railway restaurant car. There's a couple of hours layover at Mallaig when it's possible to take a short harbour cruise. Very reasonably priced and well worth the money, although some younger children did appear to get restless during the trip.

Thank 2800trucker
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Lovely train with steam engine. We travelled first class and it was worth the extra money. It was a lovely day and the views were spectacular.

Thank Geoffrey M
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

We booked our tickets before we left home to visit Oban. The trip on the steam train was to be the highlight of the week as we are both Harry Potter fans.

We had expected some references to H P but not so. There was no commentary so no info given. The only announcements were to do with badges on sale and a raffle.

Yes the train passes through amazing countryside but our views would have been so much better if we had gone to Mallaig by car.

The train is shabby and in need of a face lift. Very expensive and not recommended. We feel let down by the company as we had looked forward to this for years.

4  Thank 279colette
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