Glenfinnan, Mallaig & Jacobite Steam Train Tour from Glasgow
A stunning day tour from Glasgow that connects with the Jacobite Steam train (ticket not included, please see tour details tab for further information). This tour takes you to locations from movies such as Skyfall, Highlander and Harry Potter. We’ll travel to Glencoe and the ‘Road to the Isles’, from Fort William to Mallaig, one of Scotland’s most scenic routes. Enjoy an optional two hour ride aboard the Jacobite Steam Train, described by many, as not only one of the great railway journeys of the world, but also one of the most scenic. Your train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a Scottish icon that’s famous for its classic Victorian engineering. It’s also known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’ that takes the boy wizard to Hogwarts.
Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Prices From £48.00 per person.
Please note we are unable to take children under 5.
See the Tour Details tab for optional extra costs and further information.
Small Group Tours
Certificate of Excellence Winner 2011- 2019
Leaving from Glasgow we make our way to Tarbet which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Not only will we stop here for morning refreshments, but to enjoy some wonderful views of Loch Lomond. Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro, (mountains over 3000 feet high) can also be viewed from here. Our journey then continues following the full length of Loch Lomond. Notice the landscape changing as we enter wild and desolate Rannoch Moor, one of Europe’s last remaining wildernesses. The moor lies around 305 meters above sea level with a 150 square miles of peat bogs, lochans (small lochs), rivers, heather and rocky outcrops. Despite its harsh conditions, the land still supports varieties of flora and fauna. Not to mention, a wealth of plants, insects, birds and animal life that thrive in this bleak landscape.
Your driver-guide will point out Buachaille Etive Mor, an intimidating climb but a photographer’s favourite. Filming for the James Bond epic, Skyfall, also took place on this stretch of road. Glencoe was the setting to one of the most infamous periods in Scottish history, the Glencoe massacre. In 1692, the Clan MacDonald were slaughtered while they slept by Captain Robert Campbell and his men. As a result of this treacherous act, it has left a stain on this haunting place to this day.
Our highland tour continues to Fort William and we’re now on the romantic ‘Road to the Isles’ to Mallaig. Loch Eilt was the location in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where Hagrid skimmed stones across the water. Your driver-guide will point out Eilean na Moine, which passes for Dumbledore’s final resting place. Look out for the Loch Eilt pines, a fine example of the ancient Caledonian pine forest. We’ll have the chance to kick off our shoes at the Silver Sands of Morar. Here you'll find white sandy beaches with turquoise waters stretching out to the Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna. Mallaig is our next stop, and for those of you who have tickets this is where you'll join the Jacobite steam train. For those who are not taking the train we'll have around 60 minutes to take in the local atmosphere with, shops, bars, restaurants, and the chance to sample some local fish and chips.
After lunch, on our return to Glasgow, we will stop for around an hour at Glenfinnan. The views here are simply spectacular. You will also see the 21 arches of the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct curve through the glen in a scene immortalised as the route to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. In 1745, Glenfinnan was also where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts onto the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. The Glenfinnan Monument lies at the head of Loch Shiel and was erected in 1815, to honour the Jacobites who fought and died in the cause of Bonnie Prince Charlie. During this stop you will have to time to visit the monument.
Our adventure is not finished yet, as you will have a further chance to be immersed in the tumbling mountains, stretching glens and sparkling lochs of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Finally, our last stop is at a traditional Scottish pub and historic resting point for weary travellers of old. The Drovers Inn has welcomed the heroes and villains of Scotland’s colourful history through its creaking doors over the centuries. Enjoy an evening refreshment in front of a roaring log fire once enjoyed by the infamous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. The staff might even share legends about the ghosts and ghouls known to haunt the place before our day trip returns to Glasgow.
Departs Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Check in 07.45
Hotel Pick Ups
Discover Scotland Tours offers free pick-ups from many hotels, hostels, & B&B’s in and around Glasgow for this tour. Pick-ups from guest accommodations are earlier than if you were departing from Buchanan Bus Station. The departure from your accommodation time will be shown on your email confirmation. This is a pick-up service in the morning only and at the end of the tour, everyone is dropped off at Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow.
In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and consequently miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.
This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.
Lunch, refreshments, and entry to visitor attractions.
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.
Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Fort William, Ben Nevis, Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel, Loch Eilt, The Silver Sands of Morar, Mallaig, The Jacobite Steam Train, The Drovers Inn.
Jacobite Steam Train Tickets
- Jacobite steam train tickets are not included in this tour.
- You can purchase tickets direct from Book The Jacobite Train Trip | West Coast Railways
- At the time of booking your Jacobite steam train tickets please check we have sufficient seats available on our coach for your date of travel.
- When booking your Jacobite steam train ticket please ensure that you book for the morning service from Fort William – departs Fort William at 10.15.
- Only return tickets can be purchased.
- For those who have purchased their own tickets, you will be dropped off in Mallaig where you join the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William
- On arrival at Fort William your coach will be waiting for your return to Glasgow
- In the comments section of your Jacobite steam train booking form it is essential to inform them that you will only use one leg of the journey – Mallaig to Fort William.
- For those not taking the train we aim to be at Glenfinnan to see the Jacobite steam train cross the viaduct (26th Apr to 29th Oct)
- Whilst we still operate this tour in the winter, unfortunately the train only operates Apr-Oct.
Optional Visitor Attraction Costs
All attractions are payable in cash on the day.
When do we get to go on the train and how long is the journey?
If you have purchased tickets for the Jacobite steam train morning service, we'll drop you off at Mallaig around 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure time.
The journey on the Jacobite Steam Train between Mallaig & Fort William takes around 1 hour 50 minutes.
Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.
We also welcome you to check reviews and comments on our Trip Advisor Page.
28/05/21 – Danielle
The tour was wonderful! Jeff (not sure if that's the correct spelling) was extremely polite and helpful. He made us feel quite comfortable through the whole tour and his knowledge and stories sure made the day a lot more interesting. Personally, there is nothing I could suggest that could improve the experience (my only regret is that it only lasted for a day haha). Also, I was given extremely efficient and kind support from all the staff regarding my booking, they were brilliant in helping me reschedule my tour and my tickets for the Jacobite. Thank you so much for the beautiful memories, that was a dream come true and I cannot wait to join Discover Scotland Tours again for my trip to the Isle of Skye!
10/05/21 – Bob & Maggie
Our driver Michael did an excellent job, his commentary was informative and when time permitted would stop at an additional view point which we appreciated. The scenery was simply stunning, different skies and colours going up and then back in the late afternoon. The train back to Fort William was very enjoyable. The final stop at the Drovers Inn was very welcome for a pint before returning to Buchanan St. There’s nothing I can think of that could be changed, we both had a really good day and are now looking at doing another tour, probably with a one or two night overnight. I think Fort William would be worth another visit. Thank you, we’ll certainly be looking at your other tours for another wee break.
04/05/21 – Lauren via TripAdvisor
John was our tour guide today and collected use from Buchanan bus station. He was dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt, super friendly, highly knowledgable and made a very long day, super enjoyable by giving us plenty of picture opportunities and extras. We were fortunate enough to receive a private tour experience today, despite booking a group tour due to CV19 (low numbers) and then John also went the extra mile and dropped us off at our hotels after a super long day. He played traditional music throughout the tour, told us all there is to know about Scottish history, gave lots of local recommendations and helped us to feel in control of the day and like nothing was too much trouble. He got to know everyone on first names basis and was truly passionate about his work and country. I was slightly reluctant to book a trip, given we booked such a short break, but the sights were truly breathtaking and unforgettable - and John knew exactly how to get the shot. I would do the whole tour, all over again! Amazing!!
24/10/20 – Moira
From start to finish the trip was well planned with perfect stops going and returning. The coach was comfortable, the driver John excellent he was friendly and informative relaying history as we travelled. I have raved about your company and I know that next year at least 7 friends and several family members intend to book including my sister/ brother-in-law from Canada. In these times of Covid virus I contacted you via live chat, so helpful and friendly and reassured about trip going ahead. Well done " Discover Scotland" Fabulous company.
15/10/20 – Nikki
Well, it was well worth the early start to get into Glasgow to meet the Mini Bus - the minute I set sight on Michael, our driver/guide, sporting his dayglo pink kilt, I knew it was going to be a good day! The mini bus was spotless, with access to hand sanitiser all day and the perspex screens between the rows of seats meant we felt safe and secure on the bus. From start to finish it was great fun - even with Michael's jokes! The sights we saw were fantastic - who'd have thought I'd be standing on pristine white sands, looking out over clear blue water, with the shining down on my birthday, in October, in Scotland?!? The weather was a bit rainy in places, but in no way detracted from our enjoyment. The mountains, the hills, the waterfalls, the Scotch mist, the winding roads and the wildlife we encountered close up were all amazing and then of course our trip on the steam train from Mallaig back to Fort William was the highlight, having already seen the viaduct from one of the view points we stopped at en route, that just increased the excitement even more! Then a pit stop on the way home for a swift half in a great old pub, just before the early closing kicked in, was the perfect end to a perfect day. The trip was fantastic, but Michael really made it for us, he is such a credit to your Company. He made the whole day really enjoyable for us, regaling us with historical tales and so many facts and figures about Scotland and the places we visited - how he can just keep reeling them off, all whilst negotiating those narrow, twisty, winding roads I'll never know - I'm just glad he can! :o) Michael even went above and beyond when this numpty left her souvenir pictures of the Jacobite and her calendar on his bus, he arranged to meet me the following morning to drop them off to me before we headed off home, for which I am truly grateful. When we are back in Scotland we will definitely be looking to book another one of your great value tours! Thank you :o)
05/10/20 – Joan
My friend and I had a great day with your tour, Michael our guide was very nice, always polite, entertaining, gave us all the history of the areas involved in our trip, little things that as Scots we didn’t know? He was very smartly dressed also. The bus was very comfortable & spotless. The whole trip was more than we expected, silver sands of Morar was unbelievable, Glenfinnan was stunning, Mallaig, Glencoe, looking over to Skye ect., it was just so beautiful. We had a few pit stops for coffee/tea and took loads of pictures. I could not find any fault with the whole day out with your tour & guide.
02/10/20 – Ann
The tour length and places to visit/stop off were excellent and just what I wanted. Michael, our tour guide was very good. He was knowledgeable and kept a good balance between fact and humour (although I'm not sure I wanted to hear Christmas tunes this early in the year) I felt completely safe throughout the day; Michael's driving was excellent, the bus was spotlessly clean and kept sanitised throughout the day. All in all a very good day out for a good price and I will definitely recommend Discover Scotland Tours to my friends and family.
18/09/20 – Scott
What a fantastic day from first stop at Tarbert to last stop at Drovers Inn we seen some breathtaking scenery stopped at some beautiful places where given the most enjoyable history lesson ever by our tour guide Nick what a great guy nothing was to much bother for him made sure everyone in coach were all fine and stopped at some lovely places for photos and gave us all the history behind the places such a knowledgeable guy and very considerate refreshment and comfort breaks were ample the coach itself was very comfortable and social distancing was well taken care of and the Jacobite steam train journey from mallaig to Fort William was just incredible, where Nick was waiting on platform as we arrived to make sure were all ok and knew where to find coach my partner and I had a day to remember and would certainly do it again and would thoroughly recommend it to family and friends
15/09/20 – Phyllis
I booked the trip for my friends birthday and we had an amazing time beautiful scenery the driver was so full of knowledge and made the trip better we couldn't have asked for a better driver.
30/08/20 – Ellen
I was delighted with the trip and would like to note the driver Cliff was so helpful and gave us such interesting stories about the history of the various venues. The trip gave us the opportunity to see so many sites we had never managed to visit and the steam train was good to give a variation on our travel experience. I would highly recommend this tour and it has been a highlight of post lockdown for my husband in particular who celebrates his 80th birthday this week. The bus was very well organised to allow for distancing and arrangements with Perspex panels was great. The itinerary was well planned with the first stop at Tyndrum great for food and comfort break. Thank you to all involved in organising this trip and to our fantastic driver Cliff.