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“A must for potter fans”

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 1 October 2015 via mobile

Also a wonderful train ride for anyone.
Recommend first class and recommend taking the one hour boat ride upon arrival in Mallaig. It's just a super trip with lovely Scottish photo opportunities and an amazing picturesque steam engine. I think that it's the law that requires american tourists to visit this train ( just joking), but we had a ball.
Suggestions : book first class; book a share seat with another couple. You'll be on the best side of the train and will probably have a great conversation. Take the Mallaig boat if It's not raining.
Stay overnight in fort William if you have time. It'd definitely a good spot. If you have a car drive around and get the best scenery and absolutely spend time in glencoe.
Bottom line? Take the train. ! Harry fan or not. It's fabulous.

Thank RBB7
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Reviewed 1 October 2015

A 5 hour journey in a small train with not too comfortable seats from Mallaig to Glasgow. The train was reasonably full but everyone got seats. The journey itself was beautiful as far as daylight allowed. We did get a fabulous sunset over Rannoch Moor. The catering facilities were very limited considering the length of the trip. There were no sandwiches or hot food available. There were cake ,biscuits sweeties and crisps, teas coffees and alcohol. As we had another 2 and a half hours train travel after we arrived in Glasgow with very tight connections we were really quite peckish by the time we got home.

Thank MauraBrown
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great day out and glad we booked first class as standard looked a little shabby. Fantastic scenery and information provided on route. Enjoyed time in mallaig. Would have liked more than one cup of tea on journey.

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Reviewed 29 September 2015

The West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig was very scenic as promised, but we were unpleasantly surprised by the state of the Jacobite train. The windows were dirty, making photography difficult and the seat upholstery hadn't seen a vacuum cleaner for ages. Our carriage was pretty basic inside and looked shabby and worn.

There's not that much to do in Mallaig, but we were only there for a couple of hours, so that was OK.

The best views are to be had from the left hand side on departing Fort William. The line is well worth a ride, but unless you're desperate to travel behind a steam engine, I'd take one of the much cheaper Scotrail trains.

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Reviewed 28 September 2015

We are steam enthusiasts, and our kids qualify as Harry Potter fanatics, so now you have been warned! This was a very enjoyable train ride. To get a good look at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, you need seats on the left side on the way to Mallaig, and you need seats on the right side on the way back.

The steam engine is big and powerful. It huffs and puffs along in a most satisfying way. We enjoyed seeing the Scottish Highlands from the rocking comfort of our (train) car. Another point of interest was the lakes with cute little islands. It was raining the day we went, but that did little to dampen our enthusiasm. We did wish for some kind of information to be announced about the sights we passed. The one stop was notable mainly for having nothing of interest to see.

Thank Ken S
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