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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 27 October 2015

Took Harry Potter mad daughter on this as a surprise, we were on the last one run of the season. Weather on the way out was lovely, so amazing views (stormy on the way back, so a bit intermittent) trolley service was good, not too pricey and a good selection. Enough time to look around in Mallaig at the end of the outward leg.The staff on board were really cheery and friendly, think there was a bit of last trip jollity on this one, made it a really fun journey. And to top it off we got some smashing photographs.

2  Thank MillyjM
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

The train ride was beautiful! We went in October and the colours were so pretty! The first class was sold out so we did second class. I'm glad we didn't pay the extra as there wasn't a huge difference. We did pre-order the "afternoon tea" and cheese tray. DON'T! What a waste of money! It's a dry sandwich, a piece of dry fruit cake,and a dry scone that is wrapped in plastic and sitting in a box. Your tea is just a paper cup. The cheese tray was 4 tiny pieces of 2 flavours of cheese, some oatmeal crackers and grapes again in plastic and sitting in a box. It was all very disappointing as we were excited to have tea on the train. Turns out you can save a lot of money by just buying a cup of tea and a snack off the trolley .
The town is quaint and I'm sure you could get a lovely meal there! Take a walk down along the water too! Not too much else to do, there are a couple of shops.
The train ride was very nice and you got to see the beautiful countryside just don't get sucked into the idea of being fancy with high tea and scones.

4  Thank Shanie1050
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

Despite the price, 4 and a half hours on a steam train for £34 each didn't seem so bad. Couple that with a good meal in Mallaig and it made for a great day. Glenfinnan Viaduct is the main attraction for Harry Potter fans but the scenery on the trip is all fantastic. If you can afford the price them I would definitely recommend.

1  Thank sejambi
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

This site is very popular, so be sure to book your passage in advance. A couple of things to note...if you are expecting a distinct "Harry Potter" experience, you will be disappointed. This train and it's various engines were used in the movies; and certain sites, like the Glenfinnan Viaduct, were part of filming. If you're okay with that being the extent of the "Harry Potter" aspect of the experience, then by all means proceed. We opted for the basic fare and were in car E. You will be seated at a table across from others and there are no included perks, though a trolley does come through with munchies, or you can go to the cafe car. We did not purchase food, so have no comment on quality of food. They have other levels of service including afternoon tea, and we did see some with what looked like champagne, so inquire about these things when you book, if it's important to you. This is a wonderful, relaxing trip with terrific views in a unique setting. It was a great break for us, since my husband had been driving for days and it gave him a chance to gawk. You are able to get up and move around and we recommend that when it comes time to go over the Glenfinnan Viaduct that you make your way to one of the door windows if taking some really good photos is important to you. Some of the other reviews express disappointment in Mallaig, which is the end point of the trip. Just keep in mind that this is a transit spot, for ferries and the train, so it doesn't have a lot of interest in itself, but there are plenty of eating spots and a great bakery down to the right as you come out of the train station on to the main street. Keep walking to your right past some shops and all the way around the corner on the left overlooking the little harbor, there's a bakery in the back next to a round building. They have freshly baked goods and coffee. You have plenty of time to walk around and find a bite to eat before the return trip to Fort William.

6  Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

A great ride if you like steam trains and amazing Scottish countryside.
Carriage that we were in was fairly clean. Price for the 1.5hour trip just about fair with a senior reduction. Lots of stuff to see on the way, locos to be restored, rolling stock and one really old carriage, looked to be made from wood!!

Thank John P
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