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“A must for potter fans” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jacobite Steam Train

Jacobite Steam Train
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Independent Train Operating Company - along some of the UKs most famous and beautiful routes inc, The Jacobite "The greatest railway journey in the world". Travel along the Glenfinnan Viaduct to see the most beautiful scenery.
Gloucester MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“A must for potter fans”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2015
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Dursley, United Kingdom
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“Suggest you book first class for great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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“Shabby & dirty”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2015
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Loveland, Colorado
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“Went For Harry Potter, Enjoyed It For The Scenery”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2015
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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“Measly Afternoon Tea”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Despite asking twice for no butter to be put on our Sandwiches it was put on, so we gave ours away. £27.98 for 4 slices of Bread, 2 small scones, 2 small slices of Dundee Cake, 2 pats of Butter {for the Scones} and 2 tiny individual Jams. A total waste of money.
Ask your Hotel to make you up a packed lunch instead, it will be cheaper and tastier.
The Train ride was Fantastic and i would do it again, without the afternoon tea,

Visited September 2015
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