Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Viaduct
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  • Cameron D
    Irvine, United Kingdom65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hogwarts Viewpoint
    Well worth the journey to see the viaduct at 10.45 while the hogwarts express is crossing (jacobite train). Magnificent scenery, the photos don't do it justice. Make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes before the train arrives to get a parking space at the visitors centre. £3.50 per car.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 18, 2023
  • Victoria B
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,632 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What luck!
    I had done so much research about the Jacobite train. We contemplated taking it from Ft. William to Mallaig and back, that didn't seem economical to just ride for no reason. Then I thought maybe we just ride a few stops up and come back to Ft. William. I looked at train schedules, everything and eventually we decided it wasn't worth it, we'd try to just see it at the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Well, we were driving from Stirling (after touring Stirling Castle) via Loch Lomond (for lunch) and through Glencoe. We really had no idea when we'd arrive in Ft. William. As we were driving through Glencoe, I had the schedule up and told my husband, "I think we can make it to see the train." So, we made a bee-line there and got out. Here came the train and we were so excited! We continued walking up the path after it crossed and saw three deer in the clearing and then continued on to the base of the Viaduct, taking pictures and enjoying our time. This is a beautiful area! After awhile, we decided to go across the street to the Monument and as we were coming back, I saw the sign at the Visitor's Center indicating that the Jacobite train was coming in the next 30 minutes. We had seen the regional train earlier. So, we saw the monument, walked back over and here it came with it's Harry Potter whistle and all. It was magical! Two trains in our time there! My kids were so excited! What luck!
    Visited August 2022
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Chris W
    Toronto, Canada63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harry Potter Railway
    A great country side viewing experience. The train you want to see will come by at 15:15 roughly. Scott rail trains periodically pass through as well. A great photo opportunity. Can be very busy to park at.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Sidji
    London, United Kingdom4,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good as part of a longer itinerary
    The Glenfinnan viaduct is quite far away in its own bit of the country. Getting to it takes 3-4 hours from the main cities so if you are going to visit make sure you plan it as one stop on a full day itinerary because the train passes by only for a moment. The local scenery is beautiful and the short walk to the view point on the hill is a must do for all visitors. Perhaps combine with Loch Ness or Glencoe or Urquhart castle to get more out of your day.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Ruthy
    United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy but thoroughly enjoyable
    I visited this site 15 years ago, pre cafe, shop, car park and coaches. Although it is certainly busier than it was before the Harry Potter hype started, it was still wonderful to see again. The car park price was fair for a whole day and if you plan your time right, see the train crossing, have some lunch and visit the monument over the road, you really get value for money. I particularly enjoyed the viewing area that you can access by taking a short steep walk from beside the visitors centre. There was plenty of space for everyone to view the viaduct and take photographs. We bought a selection of hot and cold food for our group and it was all very tasty and good quality.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Aisleena
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom325 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    There is a pay and display car park. There are information boards along the path. I would recommend walking shoes/boots as well as waterproofs as it can often be raining! The train ended up being about 15 min later than advertised on the board at the visitor centre. It was great to see though. A must do for any Harry Potter fan!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Valerie
    Singapore, Singapore44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical experience!
    Really enjoyed this visit. If able, visit when the Jacobite steam train goes past at 10.45am, 1.20pm, 3.10pm and 6.05pm. Really reminiscent of the Hogwarts Express with the billowing steam and iconic whistle. Follow the signs to the viewpoint, its about a 20min walk through a gate and up a hill.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Robin
    Buckley, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from up on the hill,a short walk with a bit of a climb.
    The best place to view the Jacobite express, otherwise known as the Harry Potter steam train. There is a large car park which does get very busy at train times. The train passes up twice which are the busiest times. Make sure you get there early as the car park can get full and you may be turned away there is not much alternative parking, as there are double yellow lines along the main road.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • deb g
    Crawley, United Kingdom176 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    good to see
    we were there with about 500 others on the hillside to see the "Harry Potter" train. Whilst we were waiting 2 very low fighter planes went over head and then the train came. Car park was a bit of a rip off at £6 but there was no other option
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Richard S
    Aberfeldy, United Kingdom45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An iconic architectural masterpiece
    This was the second time we had visited, the first about 20 years ago and were so impressed by this magnificent architectural masterpiece. We decided to visit again this year and were amazed to find more and more car parks and they were filled to the brim, several coaches were there as well. Apparently the main reason being thanks to JK Rowling and her Harry Potter books and films. Hundreds and hundreds of people coincide their trip with the times that the Jacobite steam train crosses the viaduct like the steam train does in Harry Potter. It is a great sight but if you go go early and expect it to be crowded. Also word of advice whilst there is some food available on site it’s very much more cost effective to take your own food and drink! If it’s just the viaduct you want to see best choice times when steam train not going to be there. Still well worth a visit for the craftsmanship !
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
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Sidney D
London, UK73 contributions
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Sep 2020
The car park for the Glenfinnan Viaduct and monument across the road is small and always full, even if you find a spot you have to pay $3.50 for the privilege. People are forced to park miles away up the road or in other laybuys.

Now to the signage or lack there of. While there is a information centre, toilets, cafe and gift shop there is only signage to a small hill which is directly above the said complex. While this viewing point offers a view of the viaduct, you do not see any curve from here and the viaduct and the Jacobite Steam train are way off in the distance.

If there were adequate signage, or even a map, then you would know where to go for better locations and viewpoints. For this you must walk dangerously along the edge of the main road up to a gated farmers road. From there you venture up along this road and only when you get close to the viaduct is there any signs, which points to a pathway which takes you under the viaduct and up the other side. Here you will find many vantage points on the hillside to see the viaduct and the steam train.

Remember of course to check the times for the steam train crossing and if you happen to be at the viaduct for the 3pm crossing, then be aware that there are two crossings, one for the second train of the day heading out from Fort William and a second one about 5-10 minutes later of the morning train returning to Fort William.
Written October 6, 2020
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Darshani P
London, UK53 contributions
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Sep 2021 • Couples
It was amazing to see the bridge. We could see the train passing by or couldn't book the train because it was fully booked. 😭 but went to see the bridge itself. It's worth seeing and there is a souvenir shop with nice gifts at a good price highly recommend popping in it's so much cheaper than you buying stuff from the town centre.
Written September 8, 2021
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GlasgowClaire73
Glasgow20 contributions
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May 2021 • Couples
Thank you John and Hannah for providing such a warm welcome and making our trip so memorable when we visited Glenfinnan visitor’s centre and surrounding area.

We explored so much of the area, from the exhibition within the Visitor’s centre to the amazing views and history learned at the Glenfinnan Monument, witnessing the beautiful Jacobite train coming across the Viaduct and exploring the best view points.

The woodlands trail from the Glenfinnan train station to the viaduct is beautiful and definitely a must for the best views of the Jacobite train coming across the viaduct and into Glenfinnan station.

We witnessed people chilling and having picnics along this area and witnessing this beautiful train in operation.

Please give yourself plenty of time to get familiar with the area so when the train does come you can appreciate this magical experience.

Just at the water front of the Glenfinnan monument is a bench right at the beach for chilling and taking in the beautiful views.

£5 ticket price for tour of the Glenfinnan monument, worth the money for the views alone and some interesting history about the area.

Enjoy😊

Written May 20, 2021
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hairdy
Preston, UK2,270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
Walking around Glenfinnan, it's difficult to be able to really appreciate the viaduct and area as it is teaming with people, I understand pre Harry Potter the location was alot more peaceful, it's a shame. I just managed to find a seat in the picnic area, where you can see the viaduct, and take a walk under. However, I was going to walk upto the railway station, and was making the journey from Mallaig to Glasgow the next day-Book a seat on the limited Scotrail services, rather than The Jacobite, and you get the opportunity to travel a magnificent line, the views were beautiful
Written March 19, 2022
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GraceeeeBrown
Birmingham, UK214 contributions
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Sep 2020
Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan this beautiful piece of infrastructure is a must see if you’re in the area.

Whilst the official view point is easier and quicker to get to, I’d recommend walking along the main road until you see a wooden hut. Turn at the hut and follow the path all the way along. Here you’ll be able to get underneath the viaduct or follow a path up the side to view the viaduct from above. This is the best viewpoint in my opinion.

On our visit we were also lucky enough to see two deer grazing in front of the structure. We wouldn’t have seen these if we had only chosen to visit the official viewpoint.
Written October 8, 2020
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Philip H
Chester-le-Street, UK568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The viaduct is on the West Highland Line which runs from Fort William to Mallaig.
We tried to book onto the Jacobite steam train but it had no availability. So we booked two return tickets on Scotrail instead for £15 each. Bargain!
We saw the steam train in the station at both ends of our journey and the view from the Scotrail train of the viaduct was awesome, along with stunning scenery all along the route. You can get off the train at Glenfinnan station which is right beside the viaduct, but check the timetable as it doesn't run many times each day.
Our journey by Scotrail was awesome. We didn't lose out by not going on the steam hauled train. Fantastic scenery all along the route.
Written August 8, 2021
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Kevin F
Farnborough, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Visited the Glenfinnan viaduct viewpoint and little shop to watch the train, It has a small very informative museum in the back which is free. The shop sells trinkets and some lovely gifts the coffee and food are lovely.
The viewpoint area has a smallish car park which gets very very busy when a train is due to pass so get their early. Glenfinnan viaduct viewpoint access is a bit steep to walk to and gets a little crowded. I wished I had gone a little further down the road and walked up to the bridge and up the bank and watched it up close and personal but if you do go to the viewpoint Don’t forget to visit the highlander memorial on the opposite side of the road. The photo scene from the viewpoint of both are lovely.
Written August 5, 2020
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NJA_7
London, UK1,000 contributions
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Sep 2020
On a recent trip to Scotland we visited the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is known for being in the Harry Potter films.

We arrived in the about 40 minutes before the train was due, however the visitor centre and the other car park were both closed.

We walked up to the viewing area was was a small hike to notice that quite a few other people were already here.

We managed to find a good spot, the closer it got to the time that the train was due, the more people arrive. Most people remained socially distanced.

The train arrived and stopped half way across the viaduct which proved to be a success with both the waiting crowd and also the passengers on the train.

The scenery is beautiful, worth arriving early to get a good spot.
Written November 10, 2020
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Nikki
Nottingham, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Such a must do if your travelling around Scotland! Make sure you get their early enough to secure parking & get a good spot on the hill to watch the train pass.
During our visit in August 2021 the train passed at around 10:45 so we got there around 9:45, that way we got a space with ease, had a wander down the loch & then made the walk up to the viewpoint.

Just the most amazing views, handy signposts and facilities on site too! We had national Trust Scotland membership cards which meant you got free parking too so that was a bonus.

I also lost my purse near the car park area - I didn’t actually realise until later in the day. I rang the next morning & someone had very kindly handed it in! The staff were so helpful and were very thorough in ensuring that the purse was actually mine!

A lovely experience!
Written August 18, 2021
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Aisleena
Aberdeen, UK325 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Couples
There is a pay and display car park. There are information boards along the path. I would recommend walking shoes/boots as well as waterproofs as it can often be raining! The train ended up being about 15 min later than advertised on the board at the visitor centre. It was great to see though. A must do for any Harry Potter fan!
Written June 28, 2023
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