Day trip

From Edinburgh: Hogwarts Express and Scottish Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours
Day trip

From Edinburgh: Hogwarts Express and Scottish Highlands Tour

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

From US$ 1,221.99 per person

Escape the city for a day and head to the Scottish Highlands. Follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard, Harry Potter, and hop aboard the Hogwarts Express on the Jacobite Steam Train.

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Duration 13 hours
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  • Experience the excitement of riding along in the famous Jacobite Steam Train
  • Capture pictures of views of the village of Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands
  • Marvel at sweeping views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line
  • Get insider knowledge on the Scottish Highlands from your local guide
  • Travel through dramatic landscapes and the wilderness of Rannoch Moor
Full description

Discover Scotland’s connections to the Harry Potter films on a day trip in the Highlands. Ride from Edinburgh on a comfortable bus with Wifi and transfer to the Hogwarts Express train for an unforgettable journey to Glencoe through locations like Rannoch Moor.

Depart the city by bus and journey north, passing the magnificent Forth Bridge, the Kingdom of Fife, and Perth. Admire the Glenfinnan Viaduct on a stunning drive up the West Coast.

Next, you’ll travel across its iconic arches from Mallaig on the Jacobite Steam Train, also known as the Hogwarts Express. After experiencing one of the world’s most beautiful railway lines, head to Glencoe.

See the dramatic landscapes used as the backdrop for some much-loved scenes in the Harry Potter films. Continue through the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor, listening to tales from Scotland’s past.

Jump back on the coach to return to Edinburgh, arriving back at the city in the late evening.

  • 1-way Jacobite steam train ticket (Mallaig to Fort William)
  • Wi-Fi onboard the bus
  • Downloadable Audio Guides available
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the Edinburgh Bus Station at St. Andrew's Square.

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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 Mallaig to Fort William
  • 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

4.7 /5

based on 141 reviews

Review summary

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Overall the tour was great. Our guide, Steve, was fantastic and kept the tour lively and fun. We did go later in the year(October), so the last hour or so back was dark and hard to see anything. Outside of that, I would recommend both the tour, and the tour bus company, to anyone that wants to see the Scottish highlands. They offer many other tours. Side note. Please tip the tour guide! I didn’t see many tip ours even though Steve went above and beyond for the group.

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March 26, 2023

Amazing experience, the Scottish highlands are just gorgeous. The bus route and the train ride were both very scenic (you will enjoy it even if you are not a Harry Potter fan). Our tour guide Owen was very knowledgeable and funny and made the long hours on the bus very enjoyable.

March 26, 2023

This is a full-day trip across Scotland. You get to see most of the countryside A 4-hr bus drive from Edinburgh to Mallaig where you board the Jacobite steam train and then back again from fort Williams to Edinburg by bus. Connor was a fantastic guide and he provided plenty of good stories and insights on things we passed along the way. If you don’t like busses don’t take this trip. But if you feel like experiencing all of Scottish landscapes in just 1 day from lowlands to highlands this is just for you!

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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 394918