Glenfinnan, Mallaig & Jacobite Steam Train Tour from Glasgow

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Discover Scotland

Discover Scotland Tours are committed to delivering unrivalled Highland Tour experiences. We passionately believe in providing the highest quality, best value and exceptional service every time. Whether you are travelling independently, with family or friends, Discover Scotland Tours is the only way to see Scotland.

  • 10 - 12 Hours
  • Small Group TourPrivate Tour Options available
  • Scotland

A stunning day tour from Glasgow that connects with the Jacobite Steam train (ticket not included, please see tour details tab for further information). This tour takes you to locations from movies such as Skyfall, Highlander and Harry Potter. We’ll travel to Glencoe and the ‘Road to the Isles’, from Fort William to Mallaig, one of Scotland’s most scenic routes.

Enjoy an optional two hour ride aboard the Jacobite Steam Train, described by many, as not only one of the great railway journeys of the world, but also one of the most scenic. Your train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a Scottish icon that’s famous for its classic Victorian engineering. It’s also known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’ that takes the boy wizard to Hogwarts.

Departure Information

  • Departure LocationBuchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
  • Check in 07.45
  • Departs 08.00
  • Returns19.45

Hotel Departures

Discover Scotland Tours offers free pick-ups from many hotels, hostels, & B&B’s in and around Glasgow for this tour. Pick-ups from guest accommodations are earlier than if you were departing from Buchanan Bus Station. The departure from your accommodation time will be shown on your email confirmation. This is a pick-up service in the morning only and at the end of the tour, everyone is dropped off at Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow.

Return Drop Off Point

All of our 1 day tours return to George Square and not your hotel.

Highlights

  • Loch Lomond
  • Glencoe
  • Rannoch Moor
  • Fort William
  • Ben Nevis
  • Glenfinnan
  • Loch Shiel
  • Loch Eilt
  • The Silver Sands of Morar
  • Mallaig
  • The Drovers Inn

Price Includes

  • Transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach
  • An English speaking driver-guide

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Attractions

Please Note

  • ImportantPlease note if you are late in arriving at your departure point and as a consequence miss your tour you will not be entitled to a refund
  • LuggageThis is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.
  • ChildrenWe regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours

Jacobite Steam Train Tickets

  • Jacobite steam train tickets are not included in this tour.
  • You can purchase tickets direct from Book The Jacobite Train Trip | West Coast Railways
  • At the time of booking your Jacobite steam train tickets please check we have sufficient seats available on our coach for your date of travel.
  • When booking your Jacobite steam train ticket please ensure that you book for the morning service from Fort William – departs Fort William at 10.15.
  • Only return tickets can be purchased.
  • For those who have purchased their own tickets, you will be dropped off in Mallaig where you join the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William
  • On arrival at Fort William your coach will be waiting for your return to Glasgow
  • In the comments section of your Jacobite steam train booking form it is essential to inform them that you will only use one leg of the journey – Mallaig to Fort William.
  • For those not taking the train we aim to be at Glenfinnan to see the Jacobite steam train cross the viaduct (26th Apr to 29th Oct)
  • Whilst we still operate this tour in the winter, unfortunately the train only operates Apr-Oct.

Optional Extras

Glenfinnan Monument
Subject to attraction opening dates
Adult: £4.00
Senior: £3.00
Student: £3.00
Child: £3.00

Optional Extras are payable on the day.

Glenfinnan, Glencoe & Mallaig 1 Day Tour

eaving from Glasgow we make our way to Tarbet which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Not only will we stop here for morning refreshments, but to enjoy some wonderful views of Loch Lomond. Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro, (mountains over 3000 feet high) can also be viewed from here. Our journey then continues following the full length of Loch Lomond. Notice the landscape changing as we enter wild and desolate Rannoch Moor, one of Europe’s last remaining wildernesses. The moor lies around 305 meters above sea level with a 150 square miles of peat bogs, lochans (small lochs), rivers, heather and rocky outcrops. Despite its harsh conditions, the land still supports varieties of flora and fauna. Not to mention, a wealth of plants, insects, birds and animal life that thrive in this bleak landscape.

Your driver-guide will point out Buachaille Etive Mor, an intimidating climb but a photographer’s favourite. Filming for the James Bond epic, Skyfall, also took place on this stretch of road. Glencoe was the setting to one of the most infamous periods in Scottish history, the Glencoe massacre. In 1692, the Clan MacDonald were slaughtered while they slept by Captain Robert Campbell and his men. As a result of this treacherous act, it has left a stain on this haunting place to this day.

 

Our highland tour continues to Fort William and we’re now on the romantic ‘Road to the Isles’ to Mallaig. Loch Eilt was the location in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where Hagrid skimmed stones across the water. Your driver-guide will point out Eilean na Moine, which passes for Dumbledore’s final resting place. Look out for the Loch Eilt pines, a fine example of the ancient Caledonian pine forest. We’ll have the chance to kick off our shoes at the Silver Sands of Morar. Here you’ll find white sandy beaches with turquoise waters stretching out to the Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna. Mallaig is our next stop, and for those of you who have tickets this is where you’ll join the Jacobite steam train. For those who are not taking the train we’ll have around 60 minutes to take in the local atmosphere with, shops, bars, restaurants, and the chance to sample some local fish and chips.

 

After lunch, on our return to Glasgow, we will stop for around an hour at Glenfinnan. The views here are simply spectacular. You will also see the 21 arches of the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct curve through the glen in a scene immortalised as the route to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. In 1745, Glenfinnan was also where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts onto the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. The Glenfinnan Monument lies at the head of Loch Shiel and was erected in 1815, to honour the Jacobites who fought and died in the cause of Bonnie Prince Charlie. During this stop you will have to time to visit the monument.

Our adventure is not finished yet, as you will have a further chance to be immersed in the tumbling mountains, stretching glens and sparkling lochs of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Finally, our last stop is at a traditional Scottish pub and historic resting point for weary travellers of old. The Drovers Inn has welcomed the heroes and villains of Scotland’s colourful history through its creaking doors over the centuries. Enjoy an evening refreshment in front of a roaring log fire once enjoyed by the infamous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. The staff might even share legends about the ghosts and ghouls known to haunt the place before our day trip returns to Glasgow.

FAQs

Will I see the Jacobite Steam Train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct?

While the Jacobite Steam Train afternoon service is operating (26th April – 1st October 2021) we aim to be at the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the time when the train is passing. This will of course be subject to the train operating as normal.

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