2011 Hogarths on the move again - to places afar travel blog

On the Jacobite Train

The harry potter viaduct

Feeding the fire

The steam train

Up early and a ten-minute drive into Fort William. I drop David off at the railway station and go find a park for Pierre.

When I finally meet up with David he has managed to score a couple of tickets and we depart in an hour.

This is such a popular train trip. Apparently first class is booked out even before the season starts in May. There are 6 carriages carrying 300 people and (you better believe it) their dogs.

This line traverses some of the loveliest mountain moorland, river glen and loch scenery in Scotland. For the last 10 miles into Malliag it follows the Atlantic.

We were seated with an English couple from near Cambridge. A lot of fun.

We have a couple of hours to spend in Malliag but it is too cold to do much walking around. We spy a seagull nest along side the railway line. One chick has wandered under the train and mum is going berserk until he returns to her side of the rail.

We do travel over the Glenfinnan viaduct that was used in one of the Harry Potter movies.

We finally arrive back at Fort William around 4pm and travel five minutes to the ‘Neptune Stairs’ at Banavie – another set of locks (eight this time I think). We watch one of the same yachts we saw the other day at For Augustus go through these as well.

Eventually the cold gets to us and we return to Spean Bridge.

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