2 Incredible Highland and Steam Train Travel Tours

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2 Incredible Highland and Steam Train Travel Tours

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When you visit the Scottish Highland, there are some activities which you simply must experience! One of the best experiences awaits those who go on the Highland and Steam Train travel tours.

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The Highland and Steam Train Travel Tours

West Highland and Jacobite Steam Train
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West Highland and Jacobite Steam Train | © georgina_daniel

The Highland and Steam Train travel tours depart from Inverness and Edinburgh . You could select your departure point to suit your itinerary.

Which ever departure point you select, your tour encompasses picturesque views of the Highland with several stops for photo opportunities. The magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct awaits where you could see the Jacobite Steam Train, made famous by the wizardry world of Harry Potter chugging away on the Viaduct. Itinerary for each tour differs as the route dictates what highlights are covered.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct, The Highland, Scotland| © georgina_daniel

The West Highland and the Jacobite Steam Train is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most scenic train journeys. The train ride take travellers on a nostalgic journey through misty lochs and sweeping glens with mountains in the backdrop. The route passes Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain and Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The trip between Fort William in the West Highland and Mallaig on Scotland’s west coast is 135 km (84-mile) round-trip. However, on this tour, it is a one-way journey, from Mallaig to Fort William.

if you are a Harry Potter fan or if your kids are, then this is a train ride that must be experienced. As for steam train enthusiasts, you know you want to be on this Highland and Steam Train tour as soon as you possibly can!

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Read each itinerary before selecting what suits you best.

PLAN AHEAD: Train rides/tours available between May and October.

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“Just as I board the West Highland and Jacobite Steam Train”

Georgina: I love going on guided tours especially when I am on my first visit to a destination. I find tours to be great value for money activities and an excellent tool to get the best overviews of a region.

I went on a number of small group tours when I visited Scotland. Safety precautions were in place. Guides are Scottish who have first hand knowledge of the regions I visited. They shared fascinating stories of legends and history of the Highland, both the bad and the ugly! With this overview, and time on my hands, I explored specific areas of interests for a more personal experience.

My trip to Scotland was self-funded, and none of the activities were sponsored in any way. All opinions, views and experiences are my own which I happily share with you to inspire you to visit this magical land.

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The Highland and Steam Train Tours

From Inverness

Depart Inverness early and begin your journey along the world-famous Loch Ness, stopping for photo opportunities. Your journey continues West, and visit the Commando Memorial which overlooks the Nevis Range; home to the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. 

Next, set your sights upon the Jacobite Steam Train as it crosses the iconic arches on the Glenfinnan Viaduct, before taking the stunning “Road to the Isles.”

Take the opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood in the fishing town of Mallaig, at your own expense. After lunch, board the Jacobite Steam Train and enjoy a scenic journey to Fort William.

The beautiful scenery continues into the evening with a stop in Fort Augustus to see the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness up close.

You arrive back into Inverness around 8:00 pm.


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From Edinburgh

Escape the city for a day and be whisked away to the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highland. During the journey, learn about Scotland’s connections to Harry Potter.

Journey north, passing the magnificent Forth Bridge. Admire the Glenfinnan Viaduct on a stunning drive up the West Coast.

Travel across its iconic arches from Mallaig on the Jacobite Steam Train, also known as the Hogwarts Express.

After experiencing one of the world’s most beautiful scenic journeys, you shall head to Glencoe. Continue through the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor, listening to tales from Scotland’s past.

Jump back on the coach to return to Edinburgh, arriving back at the city in the late evening.


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*Always check what is provided by each tour operator. Information is correct at time of writing but may be subject to change/modifications by the respective tour operators which TTS has no control over.

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For Independent Travellers seeking an Adventure

Travelling by train is one of the best ways to travel around Britain and UK. The UK has one of the best rail networks in the world. It is well connected from city to city and a swift journey along beautiful countryside is quite an experience to be had.

However, the train network is a little complex with 28 national train companies operating throughout the UK. To avoid confusion as to which train companies to select, it is best to focus on the route you want to travel on rather than the train company to travel with. For this reason I use Trainline in Britain and UK for all of my travels within the country. From local trips to cross-country adventures, I Trainline it! I use Trainline to book for Europe travels as well when not using an Interrail Pass.

Georgina – Trainline in UK

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By Georgina

Travel Writer & Content Creator. Single traveller. An escapist. History buff. Wine (red) enthusiast. Embracer of all cultures and green travel. Georgina has lived in three continents, and now, home at a stone's throw of London. Becoming newer from each travel, Georgina draws her readers into her world of boomer adventures while immersing them in the history, culture and food of a region. The informative destination guides through her in-depth writing style, practical tips and suggestions on her blog, Timeless Travel Steps, make travel dreams a reality for her readers. She is happiest waking up to the chirpy sounds of the birds or watching the rolling clouds melt into darkness.

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