Every fan of Harry Potter should travel to Scotland at least once in his life, it was in this nation where they recorded several sequences of the saga, and even in his capital was where the story of this famous magician was born.
One of the most famous and impressive locations is the Jacobite Train, which gave life to the Hogwarts Express and which crosses the famous bridge that appears in the saga. The good news for many is that you can travel on it! Here we will tell you how you can travel on the Harry Potter train.
The Jacobite Train is operated by West Coast Railways and only makes trips from April to October, every year, and goes from Fort William to Mallaig and from Mallaig to Fort William; usually four trips a day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.
To travel in it is very important that you make your reservation with a lot of time in advance, as the places are sold out, through the West Coast Railways page; In addition, we recommend you to research the schedules and dates available during the season very well, as they may vary a bit.
The trip can be made simple or round, that is, they can travel only from Fort William to Mallaig, from Mallaig to Fort William, or they can go and return to the starting point.
The round ticket can only be used to return on the same day and on the same trip, that is, if your train to Mallaig leaves at 10:15, you must return to Fort William at 2:10 p.m.
Onboard and for an additional price they can enjoy drinks, food, and sweets to accompany the trip; if they travel in first class they will receive a courtesy tea or coffee.
During the trip and depending on the time, the train can stop in the town of Glenfinnan, so that travelers can enjoy an incredible view of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the one that appears in the Harry Potter films; and the Glenfinnan Monument, which recalls the men who fought for the Jacobite cause to restore Carlos Eduardo Estuardo to the throne.
The Jacobite can also make stops at Lochailort, Arisaig, and Morar. In Arisaig, you can see the Small Islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye.
Traveling in Jacobite is an incredible experience, besides being the train in which they were inspired to create the Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express, during the trip they can enjoy incredible landscapes that give away the famous Scottish Highlands, surrounded by great mountains and impressive lakes
If you cannot travel in the Jacobite you can visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct and look for a good view, most travelers cross the viaduct and take the first path on the left, and you have to climb a few meters to have a good view. It is important that they arrive with a lot of time in advance to reach a good place.
Before arriving at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, you will see the visitor center, where you will find the schedules in which the train passes. It usually happens between 10:45 and 11:00 am, and between 3:00 pm and 3:15 pm, so you can calculate your time very well.