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
24 thoughts on “Jacobite Steam Train”
There’s a certain romance about steam train travel. I was wondering until I read about the Harry Potter reference. Now I know that view. Nice shots.
It’s when the steam train makes that choo-choo sound that you think, wow it actually does that!
What a fabulous train journey!
It was indeed. I had it on my to-do list for several years.
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My kind of journey, thank you for sharing 🙂
It’s a leisurely old world journey in a modern fast world.
Beautiful! Love the lamp and scenery is to die for!! Wow! 🙂
It was indeed Wow. We kept saying Wow and pointing out of the window throughout the journey.
Oh this is just so absolutely glorious! What a wonderful journey. The Scottish Highlands are so on my bucket list. Thanks for keeping the excitement alive 🙂
You definitely have to get to the Scottish Highlands. I don’t know how it took me so long to get up north!
What a fabulous experience – LOVE train travel as it’s like taking a step back in time!
I agree with you, a step back in time to slow travel, instead of all the rush these days to get to places.
Oh how wonderful! Love a good train journey! And the scenery looks beautiful. More please 😊
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.
I was impressed with how you captured the person opposite and the viaduct. At an angle, that’s a good tip too, to avoid reflection… 👍🏼
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.
what beautiful scenery! There’s something very romantic about travelling by train, isn’t there?
I love train travel … although maybe not of the commuter kind! But in beautiful places like this, it feels very civilised.
I did the scenic railway from Zermatt to St Moritz. That was amazing.
That must have been amazing scenery. The Swiss countryside is stunning, especially when it’s snow-covered.