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The Magical Highlands Tour (Includes Steam Train Journey)

The Magical Highlands Tour (Includes Steam Train Journey)

The Magical Highlands Tour (Includes Steam Train Journey)
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See the best of Scotland and celebrate 20 years since the first Harry Potter novel was published with a journey on the steam engine

1 day
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Highlights

Experience Scotland's spectacular scenery and see for yourself the filming locations of your favourite Harry Potter movies. • Rannoch Moor & Glen Coe - Enjoy the views of the awe-inspiring wilderness and spot the film locations. • Fort William & Mallaig - Board the Jacobite steam train (aka the Hogwarts Express) and travel like Harry did. • Glenfinnan Viaduct - Featuring in many go the Harry Potter films, a journey across the viaduct an experience and photo opportunities not to be missed. • Pitlochry - Stretch your legs before heading back to Edinburgh at this beautiful Victorian resort town.



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Includes

• Jacobite Steam Train journey, return journey. • Guided tour with a fully trained and experienced driver/guide • Breakast bars/ snacks will be available on board (we regret that we cannot cater to individual dietary requirements)

Exclusions • Gratuities • Lunch • Hotel drop off service - We will drop you off at The Elephant House, where JK Rowling wrote the Potter books over coffee and cake in this relaxed writer/reader-friendly cafe

Please Note

Please come prepared. Dress comfortable and for all weathers. This excursion is a long day to cover the distance and make the train departure time. There are toilet facilities on board the coach and a small packed breakfast will be provide but we regret we cannot cater to individual dietary requirements Please ensure you carry water and snacks. There are facilities on board the train and lunch options in Mallaig. This tour is subject to a 50% cancellation fee if cancelled within 3 weeks of the departure date Children under the age of 6 are not permitted to travel. It is solely your responsibility to ensure you board the return coach from Mallaig to Fort William at the correct time. Our driver guide does not join you on the train or during your time in Mallaig, this is free time to enjoy as you wish.

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It's hard to believe that it's over 20 years since JK Rowling published her debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Back then, no one could have predicted the wildly successful book sales and box office smashing blockbusters that would follow. Here in Scotland, you can see where the Edinburgh-dweller found her inspiration, and where all magic began.

Your tour will depart early morning from The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Edinburgh, from where you will travel North West to Fort William to meet the Jacobite Steam Train affectionately known to us all as the Hogwarts Express. Your guide will show you some of the key filming locations used in all eight of the movies on the way. Please note that we normally travel on the train Fort William-Mallaig, however some dates it maybe Mallaig-Fort William.

Driving over Rannoch Moor, one of the largest areas of wilderness in Scotland you will see the rugged wilderness where the Death Eaters boarded the train in the Deathly Hallows Part One film.

We will then take you through the haunting pass of Glencoe which was used as the backdrop for several scenes from the third film onwards. This famous and dramatic volcanic glen featured in several background shots from Prisoner of Azkaban, including the scene where Hermione punches Malfoy.

In Fort William you will board the Jacobite Steam Train for the greatest railway journey in the world, it's the perfect way to see some of famous movie spots - just at Harry and his friends did. A highlight of the journey is crossing the magnificent 21-arched Victoria Glenfinnan Viaduct. One of the most iconic images in the films is that of the Jacobite Steam Train known to us all as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ travelling over the Glenfinnan Viaduct on its way to the school. Remember to look out for flying cars!

Whilst enjoying views of Loch Shiel (first seen in the Chamber of Secrets) from your window, you there may be time for the train may pause on the viaduct allowing you to take photos of the magnificent view and imagine yourself in the movie Prisoner of Azkaban as Harry encounters a Dementor for the very first time when the Hogwarts Express stops on the bridge.

The train will then stop in Glenfinnan station to give you time to stretch your legs and, if you wish, visit the West Highland Railway Museum located in the restored station building.

Look out for the gorgeous Loch Shiel, near Glenfinnan which was one of two lochs used as a stand-in for Hogwarts Lake in the Harry Potter films. It's the place where Buckbeak dips a toe in the water in Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry and Hermione also look out across it from the Astronomy Tower in a particularly beautiful shot at the end of Half-Blood Prince. Also, Loch Shiel was transformed for some of the Triwizard Tournament scenes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Next you will see the tiny island of Eilean na Moine which is the island that held Dumbledore’s Grave and is framed by surrounding Loch Eilt used multiple times int he film including the backdrop for the bridge into Hogwarts and for the location of Hagrid’s hut.

On arrival to the fishing village of Mallaig with its ferry route to the Isle of Skye (which you will get views of on a clear day) you will have a rest from location spotting to enjoy some free time in the village with many choices for lunch. From Mallaig you will have the option to again board the train to enjoy the return journey back to Fort William then join the coach to return to Edinburgh OR join the coach from Mallaig where we will have a stop at the Glenfinnan visitor centre for an excellent chance to photograph the steam train returning across the viaduct. before we return to Edinburgh.
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a Gray Line customer
Apr 28 2019
Although I was not able to go on my tour, the booking was easy and cancellation was without problem.I had to cancel my entire trip but will definitely book this tour when I re book.
a Gray Line customer
Oct 28 2018
This tour was wonderful. Beautiful journey through the highlands. The train was lovely and everything id hoped for. Barbara was wonderful! She was incredibly knowledgeable about Harry Potter the tour was impeccable with times for everything. When she was speaking it was always something pertinent/interesting. The welcome email was absolutely adorable and made it extra special. Barbara was top notch and that tour should be experienced by all!
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