2-Day Jacobite Experience Including The Hogwarts Express - Edinburgh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

See the Highland sights and historic locations linked to the Jacobite movement of 17th century Scotland. The 2-Day Jacobite Heritage Experience Tour combines spectacular Highland scenery and tales of historic battles fought by supporters of King James II (the Jacobites). Visit Dunkeld, Fort William, Loch ness and take a ride on the famous Jacobite Steam train, as featured in the popular Harry Potter films. Max 32 pax on mini coach.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this tour

Read the Itinerary for a full description.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Edinburgh – Fort Augustus Departing from central Edinburgh by minivan, your small-group tour commences with a photo opportunity at the world's first major steel bridge (the Forth Railway Bridge) before continuing on to the quaint village of Dunkeld in Perthshire. Take a woodland walk around the village where Jacobite battles raged in bygone times.

En route north, you will pass the breathtaking Drumochter Pass, skirting the dramatic peaks of Cairngorm National Park. Stop At Culloden Moor, scene of the last Jacobite battle before heading straight to the shores of Loch Ness for a photo opportunity, to try and catch sight of the fabled Loch Ness monster. Your first day ends in Fort Augustus, roughly an hour away from Loch Ness.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Fort Augustus

Day 2: Fort Augustus – Mallaig – Edinburgh (B)After breakfast, start the morning on board the famous Jacobite steam train, featured in the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express. Regarded as one of the world's greatest train journeys, its route passes a list of impressive extremes. Starting in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, the train journey passes the deepest lochs, shortest river and most westerly train station in Britain. You'll cross the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films and the Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite rising.

Depart the train at Mallaig, a pretty fishing village on Scotland's west coast and take time to sample Scottish seafood for lunch (own expense). Your return journey includes a stop at Glencoe, a narrow glen framed by wild mountains and steeped in Jacobite history. Marvel at the remaining beauty of the highlands as you pass Rannoch Moor and Stirlingshire on your way back to Edinburgh.

Inclusions

Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach

Professional guide

Overnight accommodation with breakfast

Jacobite steam train ride

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Pickup and drop off from Accommodation

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Adult pricing applies to all travellers

Maximum of 2 passengers per room. If you are traveling with more passengers, you must make separate bookings

Children must share a room with 1 or more adults

Children under 3 years not accepted

1 suitcase (15kg) per person

Traveler Reviews

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  • 15-Nov-2019

    Money well spent during our visit to Scotland! The guide, Steven, was great! He was full of information and facts that were very interesting and helpful during the tour as well as the rest of our time there! Would recommend this tour to anyone!!

  • 14-Nov-2019

    This was one of the highlights of our trip. The train ride was beautiful. The town we visited was crowded at lunch and we could not find any restaurants with open tables, but besides that issue we really enjoyed the train ride. The scottish highlands were beautiful and seeing Loch Ness was the most beautiful place we have ever seen! Our tour guide on the bus tour was amazing! He was the best tour guide we have ever had!

  • 14-Oct-2019

    Bus tour shows the highlights of the Highlands, well explained by our driver/guide. The train takes each 2 hours back and forth, with a 2 hours stay. We had wet, cold and windy weather, the train windows were wet on the outside and damp on the inside. Six hours for this experience is by far tooooooo much!

  • 03-Oct-2019

    This was a fun way to get out of the city and see the highlands. Our guide, Kelly,kept it fun with references to movies and TV shows along the way. She also plays music with Scottish roots, the last song is still playing in my head. Da na na na...
    There is an extra charge for the boat ride on Loch Ness, definitely worth it. Sit in front of the boat on the first floor for the best views.
    If you are touring more than one day it is worth looking in to the Scottish Heritage Pass. It gets you in to most castles and palaces. Make sure to get the one with the National Trust sites included as well. 55 pounds for those under 60, 45 pounds if you are over.

  • 02-Oct-2019

    Our guide John S. Was very knowledgeable about history and very entertaining also.
    We saw so much and learned a lot. Would definitely recommend anyone to do this tour.

  • 30-Sep-2019

    What an experience! The tour went so smoothly and our guide, John S. was entertaining, careful and informative. We saw such beautiful locations and met people we will always remember. Our only glitch was at the very end when we were dropped off we were tired and a fairly large group of us had problems finding cabs to take us to where we were staying. All in all a wonderful trip! Than you!

  • 30-Sep-2019

    Our guide John was amazing and was very informative. I recommend you go on the loch Ness cruise and Urquhart Castle trip (£22 payable to driver). Steam train was amazing. Highly recommend it

  • 23-Sep-2019

    John S. Of highlands experience wonderful driver and guide. Nice and così accomodation stunning landscape

  • 20-Sep-2019

    Everyone should go on this tour, even if you are not a Harry Potter fan, great experience, saw so much, tour guide was really good, coach was comfortable, overnight accommodation really nice, highly recommend.

  • 18-Sep-2019

    Firstly the tour guide Mr, JOHN McZEE was late 15 minutes to prepare boarding of the tourist passengers which were already waiting in queue before 9am (departure time as per your schedule). The bus air-conditioner was turned on and it was too cold for everyone in the bus. One passenger had to tell out loud to turn it off. The emergency exit door on top was open until one of the passenger realized and asked Mr. John how to close it and he instructed her on how to close. This was after about 2 hours journey and showed how oblivious the tour guide was.
    This tour guide was very rude towards non English tourist and started talking sarcastically about his views on non English tourists. This was very rude as we were on the bus and we are non English tourists. Along the journey to Fort Williams, he made commentary but it was monotonous all the way. I can say that half of the bus were not able to pay attention to his boring lecture and just slept through. He also did not stop and parked for us to get down for photo opportunities for those who did not take the Loch Ness cruise but we saw some other tourist coaches stopped and they were able to get down to snap photos, When we asked, he claimed that only on the cruise we can get the view.
    The next day on the way back, as he stopped at one of a photo view point, we noticed the luggage storage was already opened and requested his help to get our bag from inside as we cannot reach and we needed to take some stuff at the time. He was extremely rude towards us saying that "This is a photo stop, not a luggage stop". Is this how you speak to a tourist regardless where they come from, when you are a tour guide? For heaven sake, we are not in a school excursion! It's a paid trip and an expensive tour. It's clear that he only entertains the English speaking tourists. In addition, for an expensive 2 days tour, the coach does not have free WiFi and not even one meal is included.
    I highly recommend to review the tours from Highland Experience as it's totally a not worthy in terms of the service experience.
    Apart from that, the Jacobites on its own was a good experience. The B and B we stayed was also a very good and a comfy place. A tips for those who wants to get the view of the viaduct, get the seat on your left when the train leaves Fort Williams station.

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