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2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express

Highlights
  • Overnight trip combining stunning Highland scenery with tales of Jacobite history
  • Ride on the famous Jacobite Steam Train, better known as Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Cairngorm National Park
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2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express
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Overview
This 2-day heritage tour of the Scottish Highlands features historic locations linked to the Jacobite movement of 18th-century Scotland. Visit the village of Dunkeld, drive through Cairngorm National Park to Loch Ness, and stay overnight in Fort Augustus. You’ll ride to Mallaig aboard the Jacobite steam train, featured as the Hogwarts Express in the popular Harry Potter films. Along the way, hear tales of battles fought by the Jacobites — supporters of the exiled King James II.
What to Expect
This small-group tour of the Scottish Highlands offers a historical spin on the region; your guide regales you with tales of the Jacobite army, which led several 18th-century rebellions in Scotland under the exiled court of King James II. Along with visits to Loch Ness, Dunkeld and Mallaig, you’ll enjoy a Jacobite steam train ride, aka the Hogwarts Express.

Travel in the personalized comfort of a minivan, and stay overnight at a hotel or B&B accommodation in Fort Augustus, including breakfast.
Itinerary
Day 1: Edinburgh – Fort Augustus Departing from central Edinburgh by minivan, your small-group tour commences with a photo opportunity at the world's first major steel bridge (the Forth Railway Bridge) before continuing on to the quaint village of Dunkeld in Perthshire. Take a woodland walk around the village where Jacobite battles raged in bygone times.

En route north, you will pass the breathtaking Drumochter Pass, skirting the dramatic peaks of Cairngorm National Park. Stop At Culloden Moor, scene of the last Jacobite battle before heading straight to the shores of Loch Ness for a photo opportunity, to try and catch sight of the fabled Loch Ness monster. Your first day ends in Fort Augustus, roughly an hour away from Loch Ness.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Fort Augustus

Day 2: Fort Augustus – Mallaig – Edinburgh (B)After breakfast, start the morning on board the famous Jacobite steam train, featured in the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express. Regarded as one of the world's greatest train journeys, its route passes a list of impressive extremes. Starting in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, the train journey passes the deepest lochs, shortest river and most westerly train station in Britain. You'll cross the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films and the Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite rising.

Depart the train at Mallaig, a pretty fishing village on Scotland's west coast and take time to sample Scottish seafood for lunch (own expense). Your return journey includes a stop at Glencoe, a narrow glen framed by wild mountains and steeped in Jacobite history. Marvel at the remaining beauty of the highlands as you pass Rannoch Moor and Stirlingshire on your way back to Edinburgh.
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Reviews (134)
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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile
Amazing Jacobite Tour

My daughter and I had a fantastic couple of days on this 2 day Tour with Steven B (B for Better he told us) as our guide. It’s amazing how much can be fitted into just two days and yet you never feel in a...More

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Highland E, Public Relations Manager at Highland Experience Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your tour. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour with Steven B! The Jacobite Steam Train offers some incredible views and I'm happy to hear every aspect of your tour was great! Kind regards,...More

Reviewed 10 October 2018
Fascinating Scottish History Experience

We very much enjoyed the two-day tour of the Highlands with tour guide and driver, Steven B. His rich knowledge and courtesy made the trip very memorable. The tour involves a lot of driving in a small bus for 16. We could not enjoy the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Kweezen
Reviewed 21 September 2018
Stress from way to see the Highlands

This was a great trip. Comfortable bus with an absolutely hilarious guide - Steven B. Did a great job of keep us entertained as we covered a lot of ground in two days. Well worth it to have someone else driving ( on the other...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank RosanneB144
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile
What a wonderful way to experience Scotland

This trip was great. My second trip with this company. I did this one with my parents as a stress free way to show them Scotland and we were accommodated so well. Steven B was a wonderful tour guide, he is an expert story teller...More

1  Thank Talie J
Reviewed 17 September 2018
Too short

We took the 2-day "Jacobite Steam Train and Glencoe" trip leaving from Edinburg. It was a small, modern and clean bus (20 persons); excellent driver. Beautiful scenery and the train was thrilling for our potter-fan (and also for non-potter fans). Regrettable was that we passed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank HannahS4045
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We were in second class and I'd say the seats were ok, From our photos the material looked in good condition and don't recollect them being uncomfortable although they are only bench seats. I'd describe the carriage as... More
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You catch the train again, back to Fort William where your bus will be.
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