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New start date for The Jacobite Steam Train

Want to know the new start date for The Jacobite Steam Train? We’ve got all the details on the return of ‘The Greatest Railway Journey in the World’.

26 April 2021 is the first day you can get back on board the train

We’ve got some great news for all you patient railway travellers. The Scottish Government will be lifting restrictions on the leisure and tourism industry from Monday 26 April.

This means The Jacobite Steam Train will be back on track on Monday 26th April. Running twice a day, The Jacobite Steam Train will head out from Fort William to Mallaig on an 84-mile round trip.

Journey highlights

You’ll get a great view of Ben Nevis from the train

The journey explores a remote and rugged route across the Scottish Highlands. Rightly described as ‘the greatest railway journey in the world’, the Jacobite takes passengers on a five hour 50 minute trip from Fort William to Mallaig through some of the most picturesque sights of the Scottish Highlands. The journey starts near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain and stopping over in the port of Mallaig, before returning to Fort William. 

On board, the seats are extra comfy – especially in the first class carriages

The train also passes by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar. It finally arrives at the star of the show, the world-famous Loch Nevis.

Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express

Harry Potter fans will love riding on the ‘Hogwarts Express’

Harry Potter fans in your family will love this journey. Both the scenery and the train itself have been featured in Harry Potter films. 

Keen fans should look out for the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the arched bridge the Hogwarts Express crosses in the films. You will also see Eilean na Moine, the resting place of Professor Dumbledore.

Want a Harry Potter souvenir? You’ll find plenty of Hogwarts Express merchandise at the gift store in Mallaig.

The train will run from Monday 26 April – Friday 29 October twice a day, morning and afternoon. An adult standard return ticket costs £49.