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From Inverness: Jacobite Steam Train and Highlands Tour

1. From Inverness: Jacobite Steam Train and Highlands Tour

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands and board the Jacobite Steam Train. Cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct for a scenic tour of Loch Ness and stop for lunch in a local fishing town. Begin your journey 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 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.

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From Edinburgh: Hogwarts Express and Scottish Highlands Tour

2. From Edinburgh: Hogwarts Express and Scottish Highlands Tour

Learn about Scotland’s connections to Harry Potter on a tour of the Highlands. Depart the city 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.

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Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train 3-Day Highland Tour

3. Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train 3-Day Highland Tour

Explore the Highlands of Scotland and the magical Isle of Skye on a 3-day sightseeing tour. Discover an area of outstanding natural beauty, full of Viking history and ancient myths and legends. Tale a journey packed with Scotland's most iconic sights and scenery. Then ride on one of the great train journeys of the world on the charming Jacobite Steam Train. Day 1: Depart Edinburgh and drive past stunning views of the Forth Bridge to enter the Highlands through Perthshire. Admire a land of ancient forests, rivers and mountains. Visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, with its historic cathedral on the banks of the River Tay. Continue north into the Highlands before you enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, explore the shores of Loch Ness. Look out for Nessie! Then cross to the famous Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan Castle en route. Marvel at one of Scotland’s most famous icons. Your home for the night is Portree, capital of the “Winged Isle.” Day 2: Today you will spend a full-day exploring the dramatic Isle of Skye, with its amazing scenery and fantastic myths and legends. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape against the backdrop of the jagged Cuillin Mountains. Highlights include the spectacular cliffs of Quiraing, the mysterious rock formation of Old Man of Storr, the cascading waterfalls of Kilt Rock, and imposing Dunvegan Castle. Overnight on the Isle of Skye. Day 3: Explore the south of the island, known as the “Garden of Skye,” before taking the ferry to the west coast fishing village of Mallaig. Here you will have the option to board the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct and see a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign. Head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, before riding through the heart of Rob Roy country to arrive back in Edinburgh in the early evening.

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Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Mallaig, and Glencoe Tour

4. Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Mallaig, and Glencoe Tour

Depart Edinburgh and travel northwest, stopping for a coffee and refreshments at a small highland village. Traveling onwards, reach Glencoe, known to many as the location for the Massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. Take photos of this beautiful area whilst you learn about its turbulent past. After Glencoe, travel further north to Fort William. Stop for refreshments and perhaps a bite to eat before journeying down the Road to the Isles. Learn about the history of the area as you approach Mallaig, where you will spend time enjoying lunch and its sea views. From Mallaig, travel eastwards to the main attraction, Glenfinnan. Arrive right on time to see the Jacobite Steam Train (also known as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter Films) cross the bridge. Not only will you enjoy this iconic view, but the site is also known as the setting for many Harry Potter scenes, including Loch Shiel. From Glenfinnan, travel southwards, stopping for refreshments at the small village of Pitlochry before returning to Edinburgh, where your tour ends.

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From Glasgow: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe & Mallaig Tour

5. From Glasgow: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe & Mallaig Tour

Travel to Tarbet on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond from Glasgow. Follow the full length of Loch Lomond to Rannoch Moor. Pass Buachaille Etive Mor, which is featured in James Bond’s Skyfall, and go through Glencoe Valley with its spectacular views. At Fort William, join the romantic Road to the Isles to Mallaig. Pass Loch Eilt which you may recognize as the location in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" where Hagrid skimmed stones. Dip your toes in the sand on a stop at the Silver Sands of Morar before your lunch stop at Mallaig (not included), where you can try local fish and chips. Continue to Glenfinnan and enjoy an hour to explore at your own pace. Take in the unmissable views with the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct on one side and the famous Glenfinnan monument to the Jacobites on the other. From April 26 to October 1 see the Jacobite Steam Train, also known as the "Hogwarts Express", passing over the viaduct. Make your last stop at the Drovers Inn. Enjoy an evening refreshment by the roaring log fire.

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From Edinburgh: Magical Highlands Tour with Hogwarts Express

6. From Edinburgh: Magical Highlands Tour with Hogwarts Express

Pass some of the key film locations from all 8 Harry Potter movies as you lose yourself in the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Discover the volcanic glen from "The Prisoner of Azkaban" en route to Fort William, where you will board the Hogwarts Express steam train. Cross the Victorian-era Glenfinnan Viaduct and get views of Loch Shiel from the "Chamber of Secrets." See the site of the Triwizard Tournament from "The Goblet of Fire" and continue to the fishing village of Mallaig to get some time for lunch.  From Mallaig, you will again board the train to enjoy the return journey back to Fort William where your driver and guide will be waiting for you to take you back to Edinburgh.

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From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

7. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

Day 1: Departing Edinburgh, we will take our first short drive heading north and stop at the mysterious Kelpies. Scotland’s largest piece of outdoor art depicting mythical creatures of Scotland’s folklore that your driver will tell you all about. We’ll then continue on our journey and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Continuing north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland, and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choosing from a local guesthouse, hostel, or hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Inverness and drive across the Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle and marvel at the spectacular scenery of Achnasheen and Loch Carron. Arriving on the Isle of Skye, venture north to explore the highlights of the island, including; the Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Peninsula, Portree, the Old Man Storr, Kilt Rock and the famous Quiraing. In late afternoon, stop for photographs of the most beautiful castle in Scotland, 'Eilean Donan Castle'. Backdrop to many famous films, such as 'Highlander' and 'Made of Honor', this castle is another must-see iconic landmark! A scenic drive through stunning Glen Shiel follows, returning to Inverness to stay your final night. In the evening, visit a local Highland Pub to drink some Scotch whisky or beer and eat some traditional Scottish food, whilst listening to some local musicians perform. Day 3: Visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last Jacobite Rising, then 'Clava Cairns', incredible 4,000-year-old, Bronze-Age standing stones. Travelling south, stop at the Highland Folk Museum. Here you'll experience highland life in the 17th century. See the buildings, the clothes and weapons, and how people lived 300 years ago. Then, drive through the dramatic Cairngorm National Park. You will have the chance to experience Dalwhinnie Scotch Whiskey-Distillery for an optional tasting tour before you visit the historic Dunkfeld Cathedral on the banks of the mighty River Tay. Your journey back to Edinburgh takes you across the famous Forth Bridges.

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Inverness: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Loch Ness Tour

8. Inverness: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Loch Ness Tour

See some superb Highland sights on this 1-day excursion from Inverness, and keep an eye out for the Loch Mess monster. Begin your day out from Inverness, by hopping on board the coach and heading for Urquhart Castle. Spend time for refreshments and photos at the Castle, located on the banks of Loch Ness. From Mallaig, travel to Fort Augustus for a refreshing break, and then to Commando Memorial for a photo stop before heading for the beautiful Glenfinnan Viaduct, well known for the Hogwarts Express Harry Potter Train. Enjoy an hour here to soak up the atmosphere, and get your camera ready for a photo of the train when it crosses the bridge. Then, travel westwards on the picturesque Road to the Isles and arrive in the harbour village of Mallaig in time for lunch. Spend time exploring its harbour and beautiful sea views. From Mallaig, travel to Fort Augustus for a refreshment break, and then on to the Falls of Foyers; an impressive waterfall. Your final stop of the day is Dores Beach; located at the north of Loch Ness. Pause here for time to explore its sandy beach and go Nessie hunting, before returning to Inverness.

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Edinburgh: Isle of Skye and Highlands 3-Day Sightseeing Tour

9. Edinburgh: Isle of Skye and Highlands 3-Day Sightseeing Tour

Day 1 Departing from Edinburgh, you will travel west to Glasgow, and then into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. On the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond sits your first stop, the charming village of Luss. Take in views of lochs, waterfalls, and Munros on your way to Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. There will be time for lunch there. Your Highland road trip then continues through Fort William and onward to the spectacular views of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel. Departing Glenfinnan, your tour will travel north and over the bridge to Skye. You will stay overnight either in the village of Kyleakin or Broadford. Day 2 With a full day to explore the amazing Isle of Skye, your driver-guide will ensure you see the best of the island whatever the weather. You cannot miss Skye’s mountain range, the Black Cuillins. The clear, cool waters of the Fairy Pools lie near their foot in Glenbrittle. You will have time to hike to the pools and take photos of the scenery too. Your lunch stop will be in Skye’s main town of Portree, before travelling to the spectacular geological wonders of the Trotternish Peninsula. Visit the Quiraing, an iconic geological landslip. Then continue to a photo stop at the magnificent Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock, a spectacular 90-meter-tall column of basalt that appears to resemble Scotland's national tartan dress. On your return, your tour will also stop for photos at the Old Man of Storr, a pinnacle of rock created by a massive ancient landslide. Day 3 Your final day will start with a photo stop at Eilean Donan, Scotland’s most iconic fortress. You will then go off the beaten track to visit Glenelg viewpoint for amazing views over towards Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Next, drive to Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness, where there will be time for lunch and a stroll beside one of the world’s great waterways. Or you might like to hop on a one-hour ‘monster-spotting’ cruise. Then it’s back to dry land and a road trip through the Grampian Mountains. You will have the opportunity to visit a whisky distillery for a dram, if you have not already visited a distillery on Skye. Your final refreshment stop will be in the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry. Your tour will return to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh via the Queensferry Crossing. As you cross, look left for a great view of Scotland’s most famous structure, the Forth Bridge. The Forth Bridge has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site, placing it on a par with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

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From Edinburgh: Day Tour, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Loch Shiel

10. From Edinburgh: Day Tour, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Loch Shiel

Depart from Edinburgh with your guide, the tour travels past Stirling and stops for morning refreshments in the bustling Highland town of Callander. Explore the high street filled with tearooms and small shops. Continue north through Rannoch Moor, one of Europe's last wildernesses. Stop to admire the beauty of Glencoe and take time to capture a photo or two. Afterward, recharge at Glencoe Visitor Centre with lunch.  Learn about the everyday life of 17th-century Scottish people in the nearby Turf House, before heading to Glenfinnan, home to both the Glenfinnan Viaduct, or as some may know it, the 'bridge to Hogwarts', and the Glenfinnan Monument. From April - October there's a chance to view the Jacobite Steam Train as it crosses the viaduct, a spectacular experience. At the foot of the monument is Loch Shiel, also featured in the Harry Potter films, as part of the lake of Hogwarts Castle. Stop here to take in this landscape and learn a little about its history too.  Lastly while departing Glenfinnan the tour travels through Fort William and across the country to Pitlochry. Relax for a while in this Victorian town, a great place to enjoy evening refreshments before returning to Edinburgh.

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What people are saying about Glenfinnan Viaduct

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 744 reviews

The trip was amazing. We started our trip in the Edinburgh city center, where we met with our guide and driver John, who is the most Scottish person I've ever met, and we head north towards the Highlands. We made several stops along the way and seen many wonderful attractions. We spent the night in an hotel in Inverness (not part of the tour package) and we met again with the group the next day to go to the magnificent Isle of Skye. Overall the trip was really enjoyable, tiring at times, but well worth it. The atmosphere in the bus was quite relaxed and felt like we were going on a trip with a group of friends, thanks in most part to John who was both very knowledgeable in Scottish history and also very funny; he managed to make the trip interesting and entertaining.

We had a lovely time. Cliff was a great tour guide and shared very interesting stories about Scotland. We also had several stops with scenic views. The bus was also very comfortable. Thank you! We highly recommend it.

Honestly Geoff made the trip, he was the best tour guide, from his wealth of knowledge/facts to his fabulous multicultural playlist. So for that thank you Geoff (you can really tell you love your job)!!

Highly recommended! Nick, overall lovely guy, is a great driver and excellent guide. His historical/local anecdotes, illustrative tea towels and thematic music added great value to the trip.

An awesome trip with a knowledgeable and friendly guide.