Jacobite Steam Train

Glenfinnan viaduct

I love train journeys, and our Scottish itinerary was built around the Jacobite steam train that runs on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig. It is billed as the UK’s most scenic railway, and I can certainly vouch for that. The scenery is gloriously verdant and the highlight is running over the 21-arch span Glenfinnan viaduct. If you recognise it, it’s because both the train and the viaduct have featured in the Harry Potter movies, as well as some others. Indeed, there were several Harry Potter fans on board, recognisable by their broomsticks and Harry Potter lightning scar pencilled on their foreheads.

You can also do this trip on ScotRail, but we wanted the romance of travelling First Class on the heritage steam train. It’s an affordable luxury and I’m glad we did.

~ Spotted Cow

Jacobite steam train

First Class

Out the train window



24 thoughts on “Jacobite Steam Train

    1. The scenery s amazing. I’d recommend the journey to anyone. It’s a bit difficult taking scenery pictures out of the train window. Lots of whoosh and blur, and leaning over other people.

      1. Yes the angle helps to avoid the reflection. Although to be honest, we went over the viaduct so quickly, there’s not so much time to get a good shot, much less a perfect shot.

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