Harry Potter Magical Highlands Tour
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).
When creating her now iconic character over 20 years ago, JK Rowling took inspiration from her Edinburgh home. The city’s buildings, streets and people all helped to shape the story. But that’s not where the Scottish influence stops! The country’s picturesque natural landscapes have also featured throughout the Harry Potter movie franchise. Their beauty has helped to shape the magical Wizarding World.
On this tour, you too can experience the majesty of the Wizarding World.
The Harry Potter Magical Highlands Tour starts where it all began: Edinburgh. Here, you will meet your early morning coach outside the Elephant House. As you travel northwest, out of the city, you will pass through filming locations from all 8 movies. In the sprawling wilderness of Rannoch Moor, you will see the location where Death Eaters boarded the Hogwarts Express. You will also make a quick stop at Glencoe. This dramatic volcanic glen features throughout Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Most famously, this is the backdrop of the scene where Hermione punches Malfoy.
Then it is on to Fort William, where you will board the real Hogwarts Express! Sitting in the train carriages you can experience the excitement of travelling to the school of witchcraft and wizardry. Travelling through the Scottish Highlands you will take in spectacular views along the way. Many of which feature in some of Harry Potter’s most iconic scenes.
You’ll travel over the magnificent Victoria Glenfinnan Viaduct. This 21-arched bridge is instantly recognisable from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. You never know, along with the stunning views, you might even catch a glimpse of a flying car!
Loch Shiel is another iconic location that you’ll find on the Harry Potter Magical Highlands Tour.
This is where Buckbeak dipped his toe in the water in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It also makes an appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Gazing upon Loch Eilt, you’ll be sure to spot the tiny island of Eilean na Moine. This is the site of Dumbledore’s grave. The loch also features as a regular backdrop throughout the movies.
After a short rest stop at Mallaig fishing village, you will return to Edinburgh, capping off a magical day!
Please come prepared. Dress comfortably and for all weathers. This excursion is a long day to cover the distance and make the train departure time.
There are toilet facilities on board the coach and a small packed breakfast will be provided, but regretfully the tour cannot cater to individual dietary requirements. Please ensure you carry water and snacks. There are facilities on board the train and lunch options in Mallaig.