Check in 10 minutes before departure at The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN
Experience the journey to Hogwarts on the Harry Potter Magical Highlands Tour. Relive some of the most scenic movie moments on this magical steam train adventure!
Scotland has played a huge role in the life of Harry Potter. Even though you may not have noticed it before, the country has helped to bring the character and story to life in more ways than one.
This tour sells out early! We strongly suggest that you book this tour well in advance (4+ months).
From €193 per person
Amendments to dates and tour changes are subject to a £5.00 administration fee
There are toilet facilities on board the coach and the train.
It is solely your responsibility to ensure you board the return coach from Mallaig to Fort William at the correct time.
Our driver guide does not join you on the train or during your time in Mallaig, this is free time to enjoy as you wish.
Please arrive 15 minutes before departure at The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN
Saturdays at 6:00 am (Apr – Sep)
The Elephant House at approx 8 pm
Live guide speaks
30 days or more before start: full refund less 5% booking fees.
After that time or no-show: no refund.
Food & Drink
Lunch options in Mallaig
Things to bring
Bottle of water
This tour is independently operated by Gray Line Scotland. It is not endorsed or supported in any way by Warner Bros Entertainment Inc., the Harry Potter publishers, J.K. Rowling or her representatives.
Driving over Rannoch Moor, one of the largest areas of wilderness in Scotland. This area of rugged wilderness was where the Death Eaters boarded the train in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 film.
Through the haunting pass of Glencoe which was used as the backdrop for several scenes from the third film onwards. This famous and dramatic volcanic glen features in several background shots from Prisoner of Azkaban, including the scene where Hermione punches Malfoy.
Arriving to Fort William in time to board the Jacobite Steam Train for the greatest railway journey in the world, a great way to see some famous movie spots from the window – just at Harry and his friends did.
Of course the most exciting part of the journey for most will be crossing the magnificent 21-arched Victoria Glenfinnan Viaduct. One of the most iconic images in the films is that of the Jacobite Steam Train known to us all as the Hogwarts Express travelling over the Glenfinnan Viaduct on its way to the school. Remember to look out for flying cars.
Whilst enjoying views of Loch Shiel (first seen in the Chamber of Secrets) from your window, yet another key location in the films and time permitting, the train may pause on the viaduct allowing you to take in the magnificent view and imagine yourself in the movie Prisoner of Azkaban as Harry encounters a Dementor for the very first time when the Hogwarts Express stops on the bridge.
The train will stop in Glenfinnan station with time to stretch your legs and, if you wish, visit the West Highland Railway Museum located in the restored station building.
This gorgeous Loch near Glenfinnan was one of two lochs used as a stand-in for Hogwarts Lake in the Harry Potter films. It’s the place where Buckbeak dips a toe in the water in Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry and Hermione also look out across it from the Astronomy Tower in a particularly beautiful shot at the end of Half-Blood Prince. Also, Loch Shiel was transformed for some of the Triwizard Tournament scenes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The tiny island of Eilean na Moine was the island that held Dumbledore’s Grave and is framed by surrounding Loch Eilt used multiple times including the backdrop for the bridge into Hogwarts and for the location of Hagrid’s Hut.
On arrival to the fishing village of Mallaig with its ferry route to the Isle of Skye (which you will get views of on a clear day) you will have a rest from location spotting, enjoy the village and some lunch. From here you will join your coach that will leave in time to stop at Glenfinnan Visitor Centre.
We stop at Glenfinnan Visitor Centre where you can use this opportunity to take pictures of the Steam Train travelling back over the Viaduct (this option will involve some walking).
After the Glenfinnan stop you will return to Edinburgh via Loch Laggan.