Today with the shine shining brightly again, we headed to the Fort William train station to catch the World-famous Jacobite Steam Train and vintage carriages to Mallaig. It is an 84-mile round trip which passes by Neptune’s Staircase, over the historic 21 arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter films, stops at Glenfinnan for a visit of the West Highland Railway Museum and Signal House, through Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater Loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, before finally arriving at Mallaig next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis.
As we passed over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the surrounding hills were hundreds of people taking photos of this train as the West Coast Railways, operators of ‘The Jacobite,’ provided the steam engine and carriages for the ‘Hogwarts Express’ as seen in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. On carriage D is a ‘Hogwarts Express’ shop where it sells replicas of Harry Potter paraphernalia.
We arrived in Mallaig, a busy fishing port and ferry terminal, had lunch at a nice Italian restaurant, wandered the streets and after 90 minutes returned to the train station for our return journey. On the way back, we passed the afternoon steam train completing the same journey.
We returned to the same campsite as last night.