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“Fantastic day out”

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 21 September 2015

We had a fantastic day out on the Jacobite Steam Train. We booked our tickets way in advance to ensure we could travel, I would recommend doing the same as some who tried to book on the day were disappointed. We were sat in standard class which has better views than the Harry Potter carriages as you have larger windows and can see out of both sides of the train. On the tables was a map of the train journey and estimated time of arrival/departure and when we were going to go over the viaduct, map of Mallaig and a list of recommended restaurants. I would recommend buying the £1 map as it shows you journey so you can track where you are and its a great souvenir to show friends. The scenery was spectacular and well worth the money. Mallaig was gorgeous and there is plenty of time to have lunch and a wonder round the harbour.
Just don't wait till Glenfinnan to use the toilet at the station as you'll spend your whole time there queuing instead of looking around. The toilet on the train is fine.

Thank Louise W
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Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

The ride is very pretty, especially if you have decent weather, which we did. Seeing the viaduct from the Harry Potter movie is pretty cool, but be warned that if you are not on the correct side of the train when going over it, you might have a difficult time seeing it. Everyone is standing up, etc., so it makes it difficult. They do walk up and down and sell snacks and beverages. There is also a small gift store on the train, but it didn't have as much as I expected. Can't say I would ride the train again, but it was cool to experience at least once.

Thank Luv2Travel7723
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

I booked the return trip for my husband's birthday present in one of the Harry Potter first class carriages.

Positives:
* Excellent scenery, even though it was an overcast day
* Seats are super comfortable and big
* You get a voiceover warning that you are about to go over the famous viaduct, camera's ready!!
* The train is there from early in the morning; plenty of time to wonder about and take photos. The driver we had was lovely and let us into the engine room and see the fire and controls

Negatives:
* You share the carriage with a total of 6 people. 2 lucky people get the window seat, 2 in the middle (views are fine) and two unlucky who get the least view and also the table in the middle does not extend to you, so if you order food, you will need to use your lap. There is plenty of room though.
* We went on a cold day. The carriages do not heat up until you set off, and it takes a good 30-60 mins before it feels comfortably warm. Therefore, bring layers of clothes if you get cold easily!
* The windows steam up completely. Bring a cloth to wipe them otherwise you will not see a thing!
* Free tea/coffee, but only once and at the very beginning of the journey. Any further drinks must be paid for (£1.80 for a tea) even though its a 2+hour journey.
* The extra you can buy, the "afternoon tea" consists of half a ham sandwich, half a cheese sandwich, a plain scone with jam, cream & butter and Dundee cake (with almonds on top - not suitable for nut allergy). It's ok, but not refined or worth the price at all. It arrives in a box on your seat when you board on the way back. Because you get your tea/coffee so quickly, it means you probably want to eat your afternoon tea then too; which at 2:30pm straight after you've had your lunch in Mallaig is not ideal. Would be much better if they gave the boxes at 3pm and offered another tea, but hey ho!

Recommendations:
* Buy the £1 guide, it is a lovely map of all the sites you see to follow on your journey
* Bring a cloth to wipe the windows from condensation
* Don't have the afternoon tea; buy some cake in Mallaig and do it yourself!
* Do not wait until Glenfinnan to use the toilet at the station; you'll spend your whole time there queuing instead of looking around. The toilet on the train is fine.

10  Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

As a family of 3 we took the Jacobite to Mallaig and back on a gloriously sunny day and that really helps as the scenery is amazing and very photogenic.

We went 1st Class but not really sure if it is worth the extra as you might get an enclosed cabin but you are wanting to be up and about looking out the windows and doors anyway. £150 for 2 adults and a 4 year old is quite a lot of money but it was a great experience and fun to see the bits that appear in the Harry Potter films.

Not a lot of time in Mallaig between arriving and the return trip - a lovely fishing town to have some lunch in and take a wander around. The Tea Garden is a great place for a quick lunch but get there quickly as when the train arrives they get very busy!

Thank Paddybloke
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Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

We booked first class and that put us in comfy seats but ... We were 3 abreast so hard to see out window table did not extend to the third seats ( closest to door) windows dirty so really unable to take photos which the scenery was what we were there for
Drive along the road and take pictures of train passing next time

Thank Wendy L
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