The Great Adventure continues! #Scotland #Highlands #HogwartsExpress

As promised, moving on up The Great Glen provided opportunity to take a fantastic day trip on The Jacobite Steam Train – the very train that doubles for the HOGWART’S EXPRESS!

Harry Potter fans, eat your hearts out!

CIMG3411This is me and Frodo, about to embark on our adventure.

CIMG3405The charming ‘ordinary class’ carriages – they don’t allow dogs in First Class 😦

The train leaves from the station in Fort William and travels across to Mallaig, on the West Coast – one of the most beautiful (and wild) areas of the Scottish Highlands, and en route it passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which, if you’ve seen Harry Potter, you will easily recognise.

I took this out of the tiny little sliding window above our seats inside the carriage, and I can absolutely guarantee it is all my own work and not, as one friend suggested on facebook, taken from a promotional site!

CIMG3415Glenfinnan station has a little rail museum, with old carriages turned into a restaurant

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and a gigantic vintage snowplough! CIMG3420  CIMG3422

And it also gave me the opportunity to snap a quick pic of the ‘Hogwart’s carriage’, otherwise known as First Class!

CIMG3414 Then it was on to Mallaig, where the platform was decorated with this cute barrel flower arrangement.

CIMG3427 Yes, that’s my shadow in the way – I might be able to take awesome videos, but I don’t claim to be a great photographer!

We had time for lunch – the place is geared to the train passengers, I guess, with a huge quantity of food outlets, all serving local fish – now there’s a surprise!

Mallaig - a typical fishing port on the West Coast, Scottish Highlands

Mallaig – a typical fishing port on the West Coast, Scottish Highlands

Then back on the train for they journey home. A little glare on the ones taken through the window, but you get the idea of the scenery…

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CIMG3438  and here is a pic of the little window I was poking my camera through!

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Looking back…

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And coming towards Fort William and the sea loch

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Fort William and the end of the line, or the day, anyway.

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Perfect end to a perfect day 😀

 

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12 comments

  1. Beyond beautiful, Deborah, and OH, how I’d love to ride on that train!! 🙂

    1. Another reason to visit Scotland… 😉

  2. Super trip and pictures! Thanks for taking us along with you. I would so love to come to Scotland.

    1. Believe me, its worth the trip. I shall continue to share photos to whet your appetite.

      1. I just might have to come visit. It’s on my bucket list.

      2. I hope to be well enough someday to do so.

  3. Stunning views Deb! I’ve been to Scotland, so I can relate to the picturesque scenery. What a lovely trip. Now I have to ask, was this purely pleasure, or is this part of a research for a new book idea??? 🙂

    1. For once this was purely pleasure – although you never know what will lodge in the back of the mind and joy a new story idea, do you?

      1. Well, knowing you, I’m betting there’s another book in there somewhere! 🙂

      2. More than likely 😉

  4. […] route took us next to Mallaig, where we travelled to last year on the Hogwart’s Express (Jacobite Steamer, to give it the proper name), but this time we were taking the ferry across to […]

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