Calling all Harry Potter fans! How does a trip on the Hogwarts Express this Christmas sound? Book tickets for The Jacobite Steam Train and travel the route made famous in the Harry Potter movies -- including iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Tickets have just been launched for the Christmas season and start from just £20 return per child or £35 return per adult.
While your journey won't quite depart from Platform 9 and 3/4, you'll still have a once-in-a-lifetime experience travelling through the Scottish Highlands.
- Travel dates: 4 - 22, 27, 28 & 29 December, 2017
- Sample date: 8 December, 2017
- Journey time: 2-2.5 hours each way
- From Fort William to Mallaig
- Adults and child tickets available
- Tickets are limited; advance bookings recommended
- Must book by 3pm the day before departure
You can pick up trains or buses from Edinburgh to Fort William which roughly cost £25 each way and takes around 3 hours. You can alternatively pick up trains from Glasgow to Fort William which roughly cost £20 and takes 2 hours. Alternatively you can drive from Inverness to Fort William along scenic Loch Ness, which should take roughly 90 minutes.
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About your journey
For more than 30 years the Jacobite Steam Train has been taking passengers from Fort William right up to Mallaig, capturing the stunning Scottish landscapes! This train almost makes you feel like you are reliving the journey Harry and his friends made regularly from London to the wizarding world of witchcraft Hogwarts. This journey takes around two and a half hours but is worth every minute and thats not just for the fantastic scenery.
This year the train will have special Christmas departures in December; a magical time of year to visit the snow-peaked mountains of the Scottish Highlands.
The train will pass the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, a bridge which spans 380 meters in length. Any true Potter fan will be sure to recognise Loch Shiel which featured in many of the backdrops in the films, it was known as the "Hogwarts Lake". This section of the route is probably the most spectacular part of the journey and the train may even stop on the bridge time-permitting.
About an hour into your journey the train will make a small stop at the Glennfinnan station, where you will find a small museum, then continue your journey toward Loch Elit., where your journey is far from over. The train continues to go through various landscapes and to the next filming location Morar famous for its sandy beaches. The small village has about 250 residents and is located on the west coast of Scotland just 3km from Mallaig.
After setting off on this excursion on a traditional steam train from Fort William you are now in Mallaig, you will have experienced the Hogwarts Express and captured some of those famous filming locations! Lets see how many you recognise! The train leaves two times a day giving you about one and a half to two hours before you will head back to Fort William (or vice versa).