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Jacobite Steam Train and The Great Glen 2 Day Tour

Forth Railway Bridge: A Scottish Icon
Our journey begins as we leave Edinburgh behind and head north towards the Forth Railway Bridge. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a true Scottish icon and a testament to the country’s engineering prowess. Built in 1890, the Forth Railway Bridge was the first major steel structure of its kind and remains the world’s longest cantilever bridge. Take a moment to capture a photo of this magnificent landmark before we continue our adventure.

Dunkeld: History by the River Tay
As we cross the Firth of Forth, we make our way to the picturesque village of Dunkeld. Nestled on the banks of the River Tay, this charming Highland village offers a perfect setting for a riverside walk. Explore the Dunkeld bridge, the largest Scottish bridge built by Thomas Telford, or visit the historic Dunkeld Cathedral. This well-preserved town is also home to the resting place of the infamous ‘Wolf of Badenoch’, adding a touch of mystery to its already captivating atmosphere.

Pitlochry: Gateway to the Highlands
Our journey north takes us to Pitlochry, known as the ‘geographical centre of Scotland’ and one of the gateways to the Highlands. Take a moment to explore this beautiful town perched on the edge of the River Tummel.

Culloden: Stepping into History
Continuing our journey, we pass through the breathtakingDrumochter Pass, skirting the stunning peaks of the Cairngorm National Park. Along the way, we make a stop at the Clava Cairns, an ancient burial ground that is said to be an inspiration for Craighna Dun from Outlander. Our next destination is Culloden, the site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the government forces. Explore the battlefield and immerse yourself in the interactive history found within the Culloden Visitor Centre.

Fort Augustus: A Peaceful Retreat on Loch Ness
Our final stop for the day is Fort Augustus, a tranquil village situated on the banks of Loch Ness. Take some time to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings as we prepare for an unforgettable day ahead. Stay overnight in one of the comfortable accommodations in Fort Augustus, ready for the next leg of our adventure.

Day 2: A Journey on the Jacobite Steam Train

Fort William: All Aboard the Hogwarts Express
After a hearty breakfast, we make our way to Fort William, where the highlight of our tour awaits – the Jacobite Steam Train. Known as one of the world’s greatest train journeys, this iconic steam train will take us on a magical ride through the Scottish Highlands. As we depart Fort William, prepare to be captivated by the stunning landscapes that unfold before your eyes.

Mallaig: A Coastal Delight
Our journey on the Jacobite Steam Train takes us to the charming fishing town of Mallaig. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch and take some time to explore this vibrant coastal town. Visit the Mallaig Heritage Centre to learn about the town’s fascinating history or simply soak in the beauty of the surrounding scenery.

Glen Coe: Scotland’s Scenic Gem
As we bid farewell to Mallaig, we embark on a drive through Glen Coe, Scotland’s most famous and scenic glen. Marvel at the awe-inspiring mountains and learn about the rich history of the MacDonalds, who were betrayed in this very place. Glen Coe’s beauty has not gone unnoticed, as it has served as a backdrop for many films, including the ‘Harry Potter’ series. Our journey through this breathtaking glen takes us to Rannoch Moor, a wild and untouched wilderness that will leave you in awe of Scotland’s natural wonders.

Stirling: A Final Glimpse of History
As we head south, we pass through Stirlingshire, where we catch a glimpse of Stirling Castle and the iconic Kelpies. These landmarks are a testament to Scotland’s rich history and culture. Take a moment to appreciate their grandeur before we arrive back in Edinburgh, bringing our unforgettable journey to a close.

Accommodation Booking and Important Information
If you choose to book your own accommodation, ensure it is centrally located at the overnight stop location. Contact Highland Experience Tours at [email protected] to inform them of your booking. Accommodation costs vary depending on availability and season, ranging from £100 to £150 per room per night for ensuite accommodations.

Remember to pack suitable clothing for Scotland’s changeable weather, including a waterproof jacket, sunglasses, and plenty of layers. Comfortable shoes for short walks on uneven terrain are recommended. While most attractions and eating establishments accept card payments, it is advisable to carry some cash. Don’t forget your camera to capture the unforgettable moments of your tour with Highland Experience.

Testimonials

  • “Booked the 2-day Jacobite tour and it did not disappoint. Such beautiful scenery everywhere you looked. The train was a highlight for me as a huge Harry Potter fan. Highly recommend!” – TripAdvisor
  • “This tour packed in so much into two days but did not feel rushed or slow. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging, making the experience unforgettable.” – TripAdvisor
  • “A great tour with lots of fun and laughter. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The train ride was beautiful, and the views were stunning.” – Get Your Guide
  • “Everything on this tour was perfect. Our guide was funny and knowledgeable. The scenery was out of this world, especially Glen Coe. Highly recommended!” – TripAdvisor

Embark on a magical journey through the Scottish Highlands on the Jacobite Steam Train & The Great Glen tour. Explore historic sites, marvel at breathtaking landscapes, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your adventure with Highland Experience Tours today!