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2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express

4.5 22 Reviews

  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 2 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5256JACOB
See the Highland sights and historic locations linked to the Jacobite movement of 17th century Scotland. The 2-Day Jacobite Heritage Experience Tour combines spectacular Highland scenery and tales of historic battles fought by supporters of King James II (the Jacobites). Visit Dunkeld, Fort William, Loch Ness and take a ride on the famous Jacobite Steam train, as featured in the popular Harry Potter films.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Step back in time on a history tour
Departing from central Edinburgh, your small-group tour commences with a photo opportunity at the world's first major steel bridge (the Forth Railway Bridge) before continuing onto 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 the Cairngorm National Park before heading straight onto Loch Ness, to try and catch sight of the fabled Loch Ness monster. Your first day ends in Fort William, roughly an hour away from Loch Ness. Spend the night in B&B or hotel accommodation.

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, it's 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. Your return journey home 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 Ranoch Moor and Stirlingshire on your way back to Edinburgh.

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Royal Mile, Edinburgh
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Returns to original departure point at approximately 8:00pm

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2-Day Jacobite Heritage Experience including overnight B&B accommodation

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2-Day Jacobite Heritage Experience including overnight hotel accommodation

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2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express

2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Overnight accommodation with breakfast
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Madhavi K, July 2014

Lovely experience. We booked this trip as part of UK tour mainly for our 10 year old who is a Harry Potter fan. There was much more. Beautiful scenery, history of Scotland and the Jacobite uprisings, a few short hikes through the glens and the hermitage, loch ness and much more. Our tour guide Howard was knowledgeable, funny and friendly. He was quite spirited and took us on short hikes during the trip, which my son and I enjoyed very much. Good walking shoes and a rain jacket come in handy. We had wonderful company in the coach. The Hogwarts express runs from Fort William to Mallaig which is a port town close to the Isle of Skye. There was an option to go seal watching during lunch hour in Mallaig. We chose to stay in the village. There is not too much to do in the town for children other than a nice lunch. There is a small art gallery, museum and a book store.
The Hogwarts train ride was definitely the highlight. Our hike up to the viewpoint in Glenfinnan to watch the train chug along the via-duct was the best part.
There were quite a few children and Harry Potter fans on the trip which made it entertaining for the children. The history, hiking and scenery was quite engaging to the adults.
Our B and B in Fort William was nice and the hostess really lovely. However , if we had the option, I would have preferred to stay at accomodation on the loch ness. Although we stopped at the loch ness, a short stop at the lochness store would have been interesting.
Definitely recommend to both families and solo traverlers.

Reviewed by: Evelyn J. B, June 2014

What an exciting adventure in the Highlands! Our tour bus driver, Mike, was very informative and extremely patient with less than desirable members on our tour. The Jacobite Hogwarts Express was fun and the scenery was picture book perfect! The B and B I stayed in at Fort William, was very clean and the breakfast was yummy! The weather also cooperated with our tour and it was excellent.

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