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Jacobite Steam Train

Scotland excels at scenic railway journeys, and the route taken by the Jacobite Steam Train along part of the West Highland Railway and the Mallaig Extension Railway is widely regarded as one of the finest. Recapturing a golden era of steam rail travel for a new generation of visitors and enthusiasts, the Jacobite Steam Train was introduced in 1984. Since the earliest days of the railway, powerful locomotives have been required to negotiate the demanding gradients presented by the Highland terrain.

Today, four beautifully restored steam locomotives take turns to make the eighty-two mile return trip from Fort William to Mallaig and back: the Lancashire Fusilier and its sister engine the North Briton; the Lord of the Isles, and the Sherwood Forester. These magnificent locomotives haul original British Rail First and Standard Class carriages which were originally in use in the 1960s and now bear a distinctive maroon livery.

Jacobite Steam Train operates every morning from Monday to Friday between May and October each year, with additional weekend and afternoon services added in Summer between June and August. 

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Our customers love our Jacobite Steam Train tours
Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
23/May
SAO
5 stars
“Our tour director, Ed, was very knowledgeable and made sure he connected with everyone on the tour. The first coach driver, Dave, was awesome. Being a native of the Highlands, he brought the area to life with his commentary. The tours, lodging and meals were very good. My one complaint is that you provide no transportation to the airport or train at the start and end of the tour which makes for unneeded stress.
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Edinburgh, Fort William and The West Highlands
10/May
Customer
5 stars
“The Tour was very well organised from start to finish, with an EXCELLENT Tour Manager Steve. The Hotel in Edinburgh was situated near the Royal Mile, ideal location. Food and rooms very good, no complaints. The Hotel near Glencoe was surrounded by amazing scenery. Again food and rooms ,no issues. A view from our room. The steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig via the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on The Jacobite, the highlight of our holiday. The Glenfinnan Viaduct The ferry crossing to Mull, and Tobermory an added bonus.
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Highland Adventure
22/May
Charles
4 stars
“Chiff was an excellent team leader. We were let down by the coach company not arriving at the right time the first day, bank holiday traffic added to missing the train up to Mallaig. However the drive up was very interesting and the train journey back stunning. This journey should be train both directions as better views are mainly on one side. Strathspey railway were unable to supply a steam train driver and this also needed train in both directions as the best views are on one side. The visit to Culloden could easily done without the guide inside the museum. Battle field information was good. Castle visit excellent.
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A Journey of Outstanding Beauty

Despite its relatively short route, the Jacobite Steam Train presents passengers with an abundance of scenic highlights. The journey begins in Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands.

Fort William lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain, and the dramatic beauty of this region has resulted in its use in many films and television programmes.

The train follows the shore of scenic Loch Eil and begins its ascent toward the village of Glenfinnan. To get there, the train crosses the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct, built between 1897 and 1901. One of the first railway viaducts constructed entirely from concrete, it features twenty-one arches and rises up to thirty metres from the valley floor to provide superb views of Loch Shiel.

 

 

 

Jacobite Steam Train

The sea, in the form of the Sound of Arisaig, is visible around the village of Arisaig which lays claim to the UK's westernmost railway station. Here, the rugged coastline and the shore of Loch nan Ceall, on which Arisaig is situated, afford further unforgettable views. Mallaig is a traditional and picturesque Scottish fishing port, and gateway by ferry to the islands of Skye, Muck Eigg and Rum. No visit to Mallaig can be considered complete without sampling the freshly-caught fish and seafood offered by the village's restaurants.

The historic Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in three of the Harry Potter films and is an extremely popular point on the journey at which to take photographs from the train; taking up an appropriate position at the window well in advance is recommended.