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Discover the Breath-taking Locations Along the Jacobite Steam Train Route

Jacobite Steam Train

Introduction to the Jacobite Steam Train route

The Jacobite Steam Train route is a historic railway line that traverses through the stunning Scottish Highlands. This iconic route has gained worldwide fame, thanks to its appearances in the Harry Potter movies as the Hogwarts Express. The train itself is a vintage steam locomotive, which adds to the charm and nostalgia of the journey.

Unfortunately, West Coast Railways, who operate the route have had to cancel some of their journeys, as a result of an ongoing discussion with the rail regulator concerning door locking. Their morning journeys are currently operating with a new fleet of carriages, and they still hope to operate the afternoon journeys, stating: “We share the regulator’s commitment to safety and our priority now is to work with it to renew permission to enable us to run The Jacobite on the main rail line.”


History and Significance of the Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite Steam Train holds a significant place in Scottish history. It was originally built in the late 19th century to transport goods and passengers between Fort William and Mallaig. Over the years, it became a lifeline for the local communities, connecting them to the rest of Scotland.

The route of the Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite Steam Train route stretches approximately 84 miles, taking you through some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the Scottish Highlands. The journey begins in Fort William, a picturesque town nestled at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. From here, the train chugs along the West Highland Line, passing through lush green valleys, towering mountains, and crystal-clear lochs.


Highlights along the Jacobite Steam Train route


Glenfinnan Viaduct: A famous landmark on the route

One of the most iconic landmarks along the Jacobite Steam Train route is the Glenfinnan Viaduct. This magnificent structure spans across the Glenfinnan Valley, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Loch Shiel. The viaduct is best known for its appearance in the Harry Potter movies, where the Hogwarts Express crosses it on its way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Loch Morar: The deepest freshwater lake in the British Isles

As the train continues its journey, you’ll be treated to the sight of Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater lake in the British Isles. This mystical lake is shrouded in legends and folklore, with stories of a mysterious creature lurking beneath its depths. Keep your eyes peeled as you pass by, as you might catch a glimpse of the legendary Morag!

Mallaig: A charming fishing village and ferry port

The final destination of the Jacobite Steam Train is the charming fishing village of Mallaig. This bustling little town is known for its picturesque harbour, where colourful fishing boats bob in the water. Take some time to explore the village, wander along the waterfront, and indulge in some fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. Mallaig is also a ferry port, offering connections to the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Ben Nevis: The highest mountain in the UK

No article about the Jacobite Steam Train route would be complete without mentioning Ben Nevis. Standing at a majestic height of 1,345 meters, it is the highest mountain in the UK. As the train passes through Fort William, you’ll have a prime view of this magnificent natural wonder. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even plan a hike to the summit of Ben Nevis and conquer one of the most famous peaks in Scotland.

Highland Experience: Guided tours and packages for exploring the route

Our 2-day Jacobite Steam Train Experience guided tour is currently operating and includes a 1-way morning journey on the route. Our longer, 5-day Scottish Choice Tour and 8-day Tours also allowing you to explore the route via bus and see its highlights in depth. Our knowledgeable guides will provide fascinating insights into the history, culture, and natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands, making your journey even more memorable.

Embark on a scenic adventure along the Jacobite Steam Train route

The Jacobite Steam Train is more than just a mode of transportation. The route, explored via bus or train is a journey through time and nature, offering a glimpse into the rich history and stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. From the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct to the charming village of Mallaig, each stop along the route has its own unique charm and beauty. So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure, join a Highland Experience tour and prepare to be amazed.


Book your tickets now and embark on a scenic adventure you’ll never forget.