Discover the spectacular scenery of Scotland on board the iconic Jacobite Train, a historic steam locomotive that inspired the famous Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter series.
The platform is awash with suitcases. But this isn't just any train station. Owls, enchanted books that move of their own accord, wands and tunics are packed into the luggage. The journey to the world's most famous school of witchcraft and wizardry requires preparation. A young man with a strange scar on his forehead nervously awaits the Hogwarts Express, accompanied by a friendly red-headed family... What a shame that the magical world of Harry Potter only exists in our imaginations! Even so, muggles - non-magic folk - now have the opportunity to explore this fantastic universe on a bus tour of Scotland, including a trip on the very same steam train featured in the famous films. All aboard!
Day 1: Edinburgh – South Queensferry – Pitlochry – Inverness – Fort Augustus
Having met in the heart of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile, you'll begin your exciting tour of Scotland, setting off towards South Queensferry by bus. Admire the contrast of the picturesque village with the enormous cast-iron Forth Bridges. On the other side of the Firth of Forth, you'll continue on your way to the adorable Victorian village of Pitlochry. After enjoying the bucolic countryside surrounding the town, you'll make your way on to the capital of the Highlands: the historic city of Inverness.
You'll have free time in Inverness to have lunch (not included) and to explore the ancient monuments of the city, whose name means Mouth of the River Ness. In the afternoon, you'll continue your tour deep into the Scottish Highlands, where you'll visit the natural wonder of the Falls of Foyers. For the finishing touch on your day full of the beauty of urban and rural Scotland, you'll stop at Fort Augustus, a settlement on the south west bank of Loch Ness. Don't let the legend of the infamous monster stop you from sleeping, you'll need your rest for the magic of the next day of your tour...
Day 2: Fort Augustus – Jacobite Train between Fort William and Mallaig – Edinburgh
After spending the night in Fort Augustus, you'll be taken to the nearby Fort William. At the railway station located in this historic town, a very special steam train will be waiting for you. The Jacobite Train is best known for its starring role in the Harry Potter films as the iconic Hogwarts Express.
The Jacobite will take you on a journey on the West Highland Railway, offering you spectacular views over the countryside scenery enjoyed by Harry, Hermione and Ron on their journey to Hogwarts. Unfortunately, it is not permitted to cast spells while on board; however, you will travel alongside Loch Eil and cross over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, an instantly recognisable scene from the magical movies.
You'll stop at the railway terminus in Mallaig, a coastal village where you'll have free time to try some typical local dishes (not included). After eating, you'll hop back onto the return train to Fort William and relax while enjoying the views of the rolling Scottish hills that you may have missed on the way.
At Fort William, you'll board the bus for your journey back to Edinburgh, arriving back in the Scottish capital late at night.
This tour includes a one-night stay in Fort Augustus. When making your reservation, you can choose between the following accommodation options:
- Hotel: Richmond House Hotel or similar.
- Superior Bed & Breakfast: Beaufort House B&B or similar.
- Standard Bed & Breakfast: The Holt B&B or similar.
- Hostel: Morag’s Lodge or similar.
Your one night stay in Fort Augustus, if you choose the hotel, superior B&B or standard B&B options, include breakfast. The only accommodation option that does not include breakfast is the hostel. No other meals (lunches or dinners) are included on this tour.
Each person may bring a single piece of luggage weighing no more than 33 lbs (15 kg) and no bigger than the following dimensions: 21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9 inches (55 x 40 x 20 cm). Both Edinburgh and Inverness train stations have luggage storage facilities.
Please note that the prices indicated are per person staying in a double bedroom.
The itinerary of this tour is subject to modification in the case of unfavourable weather conditions or other unforeseen events.
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Tour with hotel stay
Per personUS$ 358.5
Tour with superior B&B stay
Per personUS$ 325.9
Tour with standard B&B stay
Per personUS$ 299.8
Tour with hostel stay
Per personUS$ 241.1
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Scotland and its history.
Transport by air conditioned bus.
Return ticket for Jacobite Train between Fort William and Mallaig.
One night stay in Fort Augustus, in selected accommodation.
Breakfast in Fort Augustus accommodation (not included with hostel option).
Lunch in Inverness and Mallaig.
Dinner in Fort Augustus.
Breakfast in Fort Augustus with hostel option.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 10 days before (Edinburgh local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
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