Described as one of the great railway journeys of 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!
The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan (see below). Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. You may alight at Arisaig by request to the guard. From here, on a clear summer's day, you can see the "Small Isles" of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train continues on from here passing Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films "Highlander" and "Local Hero".
Following in the footsteps of Harry Potter, along the route used by the Hogwarts Express!
West Coast Railways, operators of ‘The Jacobite’, provided the steam engine and carriages for the 'Hogwarts Express' as seen in the 'Harry Potter' films including ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ and others in this wonderful series of films.
Some of the carriages of ‘The Jacobite’ are those used in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. So, come and travel to Mallaig along the line used in the films, see the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, an unmistakeable landmark for all Harry Potter fans. It’s a great day out for all the family.
Mallaig is our destination but as the travelling is as much a part of the experience as the arrival we hope you enjoy this spectacular railway journey, regarded as one of the greatest in the world.
From Carlisle and the south, take the M6 and M74 to Glasgow. Follow the A82 from Glasgow.
From Edinburgh take the M9 to Stirling then the A84, A85 (to Crianlarich) and A82 to Fort William.
From the north: From Aviemore take the A9 and A86 or from Inverness, the A82.
Whilst there is ample parking in Fort William, near the railway station, please allow at least 20 minutes for parking and ticket purchase before the train departs.
Please do not park in the supermarket car park.
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"They say this is the most scenic railway in the world and I have to agree with them. It's great!"