Jacobite Steam Train Running Seven Days a Week for 2021 Season

If you love steam locomotives, this one is for you. The Jacobite train, the steam engine that takes the same route known in the Harry Potter films as the journey to Hogwarts, is set to run seven days a week in its upcoming 2021 season.

Though in the past it has only run six days a week, the Jacobite will now be running an extra day by popular demand. The seven-month season will have two trains running in one day (morning and afternoon service) starting in April and continuing through October 2021.

This “journey to Hogwarts” is an 84-mile round trip from Fort William to Mallaig and takes you through some of the most charming landscapes in Scotland, including the highest mountain – Ben Nevis – various beautiful bodies of water (Loch Morar, River Morar, and Loch Nevis), and most notably for Harry Potter fans, the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct can be seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Many fans can be found on the hillside next to the viaduct just so they can see one of the most recognizable Harry Potter filming locations. But with a ticket for the Jacobite, you’ll have the very unique perspective of traveling directly on the structure itself. The train may even stop on the 21-arched viaduct for a few minutes so guests can capture the view (time permitting).

Stops include Glenfinnan station, Arisaig (by request), and then the end destination, Mallaig, where you will have over an hour and a half to enjoy the shops, bars, and local eateries. Mallaig, founded in the 1840s, is still to this day used as a fishing port. Fresh fish comes aplenty, which makes fish and chips in this beautiful town mouthwatering.

Standard-class tickets cost £46 for adults and £28 for children, while first-class tickets cost £69 for adults and £48 for children. Both are available to book now.


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Jillian Loveday

I grew alongside Harry since I was 12 years old. It is such a treat to be a part of the best book club any Harry Potter fan could ask for. I graduated in 2016 with a Creative Writing degree and since then I have been doing freelance writing on the side. Outside of the literary world, I love the outdoors, hiking, and binge-watching Parks and Rec for the billionth time.