Day trip

From Inverness: Jacobite Steam Train and Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours
Day trip

From Inverness: Jacobite Steam Train and Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

From US$ 188.16 per person

Discover the beauty of the Scottish highlands and Loch Ness, with a stop for lunch in a local fishing town. Experience a memorable journey on the Jacobite Steam Train as it crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, voted one of the world’s most scenic railways.

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Duration 12 hours
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8.5 hours
  • Inverness

  • 40 minutes
  • Urquhart Castle (photo stop)

  • Commando Memorial (photo stop)

  • Fort William (panoramic train ride)

  • 1.5 hours
  • Mallaig (lunch)

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct (photo stop)

  • Fort Augustus (free time)

  • 1.5 hours
  • Inverness

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Enjoy a one-way trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train
  • Marvel at the majestic scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • Learn about the history and culture of the region from your local Scottish guide
Full description

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands and board the Jacobite Steam Train on a day trip from Inverness. Cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct for a scenic tour of Loch Ness and in the fishing town of Mallaig.

Begin your journey by bus and drive along the world-famous Loch Ness, stopping for photos above the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Continue south and visit the Commando Memorial, overlooking the Nevis Range—home to the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Next, set your sights on the Jacobite Steam Train and hop on board at Fort William. Your journey through magnificent landscapes will end in the fishing port of Mallaig, where you can try fresh seafood for lunch (at your expense) or explore the town.

Take the scenic ‘Road to the Isles’ to Glenfinnan viaduct for stunning views. Admire beautiful scenery as you ride to Fort Augustus, the Caledonian Canal, and Loch Ness. Finish your tour at Falls of Foyers and Dores Beach on the banks of Loch Ness.

  • Jacobite steam train ride (one-way ticket from Fort William to Mallaig)
  • Local guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from central Inverness
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Meeting point

19 Union St, Inverness* IV1 1QA *Across from the entrance to the Victorian Market

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • This is first and foremost a coach tour, with a steam train element, with a one-way ticket from Fort William to Mallaig
  • This tour is an unlicensed and unauthorized tour of sites related to the Harry Potter franchise. This tour does not have any association with, connection to, sponsorship by, or endorsement of, the Harry Potter franchise nor the author J.K. Rowling
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 251 reviews

Review summary

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I dreamed of it for a long time and this day was great! The guide was very nice with good advice. The train ride is magical! Too bad we had mist in the morning and at the end of the day we couldn't see the castle and the waterfall well. But what a day!

October 24, 2022

Absolutely brilliant day. Our guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, easy to listen to, invested in the area and made it so easy. The train ride was lovely and what we actually booked for, however the rest of the tour was equally as good if not better. It’s a long day but so so worth it. Memories for life. Thank you so much for your time Alina and for taking such good care of us, and your epic bus driving!! 100% recommend.

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October 8, 2022

When ordering the trip, I did not expect that it would be a coach trip with a train ride. I was hoping for more train less coach - my mistake, I did not read. Beautiful views, frequent stops, so you can stretch your legs while sightseeing. The guide is FANTASTIC - friendly, you can see that she likes what she does and does it with passion. I recommend

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September 18, 2022

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