Isle of Skye and Hogwarts Express Tour – Itinerary
The Isle of Skye and Hogwarts Express Tour from Inverness begins with the trip south, to Fort William. From there we follow the train route to Mallaig, passing through Glenfinnan on the way. We take the ferry to the Sleat Peninsula on the Isle of Skye and enjoy south Skye before recrossing to the mainland by bridge. You have the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle and also end by taking photos at Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.
Commando Memorial stands on a hilltop with stunning 360 degree views. The magnificent bronze monument commemorates the commandos that used the harsh ground of these mountains and moors as their training area from 1942 to 1945. With good weather there are also great views of Ben Nevis.
The Hogwarts Express
The Jacobite Train or Hogwarts Express is often described as one of the greatest rail journeys in the world. Running from Fort William to Mallaig it passes the highest mountain in Britain, a ruined castle, many screen locations including the Harry Potter Bridge at Glenfinnan, native woodland and stunning white sand beaches. You can choose to ride the train, or just travel the route, stopping for photos of the train. Either way, we make our way west to the ferry port at Mallaig.
Glenfinnan is located on the romantic route; “The Road to the Isles”. It is where Bonnie Prince Charlie first raised his royal standard in 1745, starting the last Jacobite Rising, and there is a picturesquely situated monument tower and visitor centre to commemorate this. The railway viaduct carries the Jacobite Steam Train. The area was also the film location for several scenes from Harry Potter films (including the location of Hogwarts School).
The Ferry to Skye
The Ferry to Skye runs from Mallaig (on the mainland) to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. The crossing takes around 30 minutes and it is one of the most scenic in the world. Enjoy views of the fjord of Loch Nevis, and the island group known as the Small Isles (particularly Eigg and Rum).
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. The breathtaking scenery surrounding you is the perfect setting for its rich body of myth and legend. Skye has featured in many TV shows and films in both Hollywood and Bollywood, and plenty homegrown productions too.
The Sleat Peninsula
The Sleat Peninsula at the southern end of the island is where we make landfall. Here, in the “Garden of Skye” we can visit the Clan Donald Centre with its gardens, museum and restaurant and/or the beautiful port of Eilean Iarman.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is called the “most romantic castle in the Highlands” due to the number of weddings it hosts. A Clan Macrae stronghold, it has a great exhibition, shop and café and has been in movies like Highlander, James Bond and Made of Honor. It is a favourite with photographers, and as a result appears on many postcards and calendar pictures.
The Five Sisters of Kintail
The mountains known as the Five Sisters of Kintail are very popular with photographers and hikers due to their five jagged peaks. The Battle of Glen Shiel was fought between Jacobites and redcoats on the lower slopes in 1719. Legends and tales abound in the Kintail area.
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle make a great stop because you can capture two icons in one photo. One of the great castles of Scotland, Urquhart was first held by Pictish tribal chiefs, later becoming a mighty royal castle, and finally a Clan Grant stronghold. It saw 1,000 years of continuous occupation before its fall, in 1692. It overlooks the dark waters of Loch Ness – the largest lake in the country. This is more than enough water to hide its most famous inhabitant – Nessie!
Isle of Skye and Hogwarts Express Tour – Price
£490 for the tour. Ferry and train tickets are separate online purchases for you. We will advise you on which service to book. The tour is not available due to ferry timetables late October until early April.
Isle of Skye and Hogwarts Express Tour – Departure
The tour can depart from your Inverness accommodation, or from any transport hub you prefer, such as bus station, train station or airport. You tell us, and we’ll be there.