Steam train journey over Glenfinnan Viaduct and through the western Highlands
The Jacobite Express
Britain was a world leader and originator of the first-ever steam locomotive to carry passengers. George Stephenson's Locomotion No. 1 first transported passengers from Stockton to Darlington in 1825. Shortly afterwards in 1830, Stephenson operated the first public inter-city railway, connecting Liverpool and Manchester. Please see George Stephenson's 'advanced' Rocket on display in the Science Museum in London. Britain continued to develop a vast network of railways in the UK, around the Empire and invested in the American railway network.
Now you can enjoy a scenic journey on the Jacobite Express. The 84-mile return trip starts at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, before heading over the 21 arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by scenes in the Harry Potter movie series. The Jacobite Express charges pass rivers, valleys and arriving beside the deepest seawater loch in Europe, the mysterious Loch Nevis. At the end of the line, stop in Mallaig for fish and chips before heading back to Fort William.
You can depart the train and have our driver-guide meet you and continue your trip to the Isle of Skye. Our travel designers will book tickets for the car ferry from Mallaig to be timed so that you can reach your final stop on Skye for afternoon tea time. Please take a look at our suggested private tours of Scotland.