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Day Tripper #2 – The Jacobite Steam Train

Just a 40-minute drive from our front door, it’s the ultimate Day Tripper – The Jacobite Steam Train.

With this day trip, the journey’s the real destination. Hop aboard for a friendly atmosphere with passengers from all over the world (some you might even find dressed in full Harry Potter gear). The trips are incredibly popular, with crowds waiting in hope that some passengers don’t turn up, so make sure to book in advance.

Sit back, make yourself comfy in the old-fashioned open carriages, and enjoy the stunning scenery on your way to Mallaig. Chugging along on the steam train, you’ll get to see some of Scotland’s most stunning untouched scenery.

The route starts in Fort William, home to the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. You’ll make your way along the Great Glen, then it’s onto Glenfinnan where you’ll cross the viaduct made famous by Harry Potter and his wizarding chums. From here you’ll get to see some pretty enchanting views (sorry had to be done!) of Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument.


If there’s enough time they’ll stop the train to let you appreciate the views in all their glory. And you’ll usually find an audience waving back at you as the train passes. Where do the wavers come from? No one knows. But the steam train will give an appreciative whistle before chugging onto the tranquil little village of Arisaig.

You’ll reach the end of the line at Mallaig, where you can get off and take a boat tour or explore the area and get a bite to eat.

You can upgrade to first class, or even have afternoon tea on the train. And throughout the festivities, there are special services where the big man in red will be on board to dish out some presents to those on the nice list.