2 Incredible Highland and Steam Train Travel Tours

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.


The Highland and Steam Train Travel Tours

West Highland and Jacobite Steam Train
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.

Glenfinnan Viaduct | The Highlands and Steam Train tours
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!

Ensure that you…

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.

Includes:

Steam Train ride

Local Scottish guide

Roundtrip transportation to and from central Inverness

Instant Confirmation.

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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.

Includes:

Steam Train ride

Expert local guide

Roundtrip transportation to and from meeting point in Edinburgh.

Instant Confirmation.

Book with your preferred tour operator:


*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.

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Amsterdam has some awesome scenic routes to be explored by bike. Even if you pedal for a couple of hours, exploring Amsterdam by bike is an experience to be had. Explore the Dutch capital like an Amsterdammer! Support one of the world’s most eco-friendly cities – rent a bike in Amsterdam and reduce your carbon footprint. Have fun discovering Amsterdam in an economical, and sustainable way.

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Renting a bike in Amsterdam is easy – there are many rental points located around the city for pick-up and drop-off. One of the most convenient way is to pre-book before your journey to Amsterdam and you could pick it up as soon as you need to.

To rent a bike in Amsterdam, you need to be aware of the following information:

Free cancellation – Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

Covid-19 precautions are in place so you are safe.

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Valid – 3 hours – 1 day from first activation

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Rent a bike to make the most of your visit to Amsterdam. Cycle easily from one landmark to another, along the beautiful canals, through the artsy Jordaan neighborhood, the famous Red Light District, or through the breathtaking Vondelpark. You can also cycle out of the city for a trip through the beautiful landscape around Amsterdam, such as the rural Waterland or the green Amstelland, along the Amstel River.

Receive guidance on various cycling routes, traffic and parking rules, and a high-quality bike. With five bike rental locations in the center of Amsterdam, there’s always a location nearby. Choose from footbrake or handbrake bicycles in all models and sizes. Have the bike adjusted to your height, and embark on your adventure across the city.

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Excludes

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X Insurance

X Deposit which can be made with a copy of your credit card for up to 5 bikes, or with a passport and €50 cash per bike.

Not suitable:

  • Children under 12 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People who can’t ride a bike
  • Wheelchair users

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Deposit is not included in the rental price
  • Deposit can be made with a copy of your credit card for up to 5 bikes, or with a passport and €50 in cash per bike
  • Bike rental is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Insurance is not included
  • Please note that food and beverages are not included
  • Please note that there is no guide

Rent a bike in Amsterdam – prices start from € 7.50 per person

**Prices correct at time of writing – May 2021

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