Everybody, who has seen the Harry Potter movies remembers the legendary Hogwarts train, that leaves from Platform 9 ¾. Although its real name is the Jacobite Steam Train, the Scotland route is known as the Hogwarts train. The beautiful film scenery, though, is real.
The train route goes from Fort William to Mallaig, crossing the West Coast of Scotland. The most significant area of 84 mile journey is the Glenfinnan viaduct, which has 21 arches. This is a well known spot from the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” movie. Because it was filmed during winter, it created a surreal scenery.
Yet, another beautiful place is the Loch Shiel lake, which is right between the two mountains crossed by the route. The Jacobite Steam Train route, also includes a special monument dedicated to Prince Charles at the Glenfinnman station. However, it is the interior of the train, that creates an incredible experience for passengers.
Each compartment looks just as it did during the filming of the Harry Potter sequel. From old fashioned walls and comfortable seats to carriages and vintage doors, everything sends people to another world. Also, the train runs by the power of the steam, which improves the experience and creates the legendary white smoke often seen in the Harry Potter movies.
Apart from becoming a “star” owing to one of the most popular sequels in history, the Jacobite Steam Train has an impressive history of its own. The train started running in 1901 and it has been crossing the West Coast of Scotland ever since, twice a day.
Even though, the journey only lasts for one and a half hour, it is definitely worth it. Scotland’s outstanding scenery, mountains, lakes and the well known Glenfinnan viaduct, make this trip unforgettable.
Address: Ben Nevis, Fort William, Scotland