- “Harry Potter” fans can ride the Hogwarts Express through the Scottish Highlands.
- The Jacobite train, which was used in the “Harry Potter” films, is operated by West Coast Rail and takes passengers on an 84-mile long journey through Scotland.
- Famous sights include the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the arched bridge the Hogwarts Express crosses in the films, and Eilean na Moine, the resting place of Professor Dumbledore.
- Tickets range between $55 and $189 for a four-hour round trip.
- There’s also a “Harry Potter” gift store in Mallaig, the final stop on the journey, as well as a gift store aboard the Jacobite with a trolley service that sells candy.
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Pottermania is a phenomenon that shows no signs of slowing down, and for fans of the franchise, there is a real-life Hogwarts Express that you can ride through Scotland.
Officially known as the Jacobite, this classic steam-train experience allows you to sit in comfort while you pass actual “Harry Potter” film locations.
Operated by West Coast Rail, the 84-mile long round-trip takes you through some of Scotland’s most idyllic and breathtaking scenery which also features in the films.
The journey lasts four hours and fans can spot locations like the Glenfinnan Viaduct or “Harry Potter Bridge,” Loch Sheil — Professor Dumbledore’s final resting place and location of the Triwizard Tournament in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” and Rannoch Moor — where the Death Eaters attacked the Hogwarts Express in “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part One.”
Starting in Fort William and ending in Mallaig, it’s a trip through the Scottish Highlands that has often been described as the “greatest train ride in the world.” And with over 3,000 reviews on TripAdvisor, many of which are glowing, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular addition to holiday itineraries for both “Harry Potter” fans and train enthusiasts. Condé Nast Traveller also listed the experience as one of its “best train journeys” in Europe.
From cream cakes and tea to breathtaking views, here’s what it’s like to ride the Jacobite train.
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