The Jacobite steam train takes visitors on one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys from Fort William to Mallaig. The views are amazing with some of Scotland’s most dramatic mountain scenery, sea lochs, crags and sandy beaches.
The route takes you over the famous 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, completed in 1898 and past the Glenfinnan monument, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the beginning of the 1745 uprising.
If you alight at Glenfinnan station you can have a great day out visiting the viaduct, monument and the famous Glenfinnan dining car.
The train journey may be more famous now for being the Hogwarts Express, with many views from the train being familiar to adherents to the films.
If you prefer wild beaches to history I would recommend getting off the train at Arisaig and taking a walk along the costs visiting some of the beautiful beaches and coves in the area. There is a cafe, and a couple of hotels in the village where you can seek refreshment while waiting for the return train. We had an amazing half-day kayak trip.
If you get off the train at Morar station then you take a lovely 4km walk on the famous Silver Sands of Morar. For details see the WalkHighland website
The Jacobite travels every day of the week from May to October and weekends June-September.