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Jacobite Steam Train

Fort William, United Kingdom
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About Jacobite Steam Train
Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!
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Peter wrote a review Aug 9
London, United Kingdom30 contributions39 helpful votes
We did this trip the other week and have to say it's well worth it. Had a great time and the part where you travel over the viaduct is truly something. If you can get tickets don't miss the chance for a wonderful train ride!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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AnneS wrote a review Aug 6
Bearsden, United Kingdom43 contributions42 helpful votes
This was a pleasant train ride from Fort William to Mallaig. Booked well in advance my family were in 1st class and we pre booked the high tea. You will see many reviews saying which side of the train is best for the star of the trip - Glenfinnan viaduct! Fear not - you will switch sides on the way back. In 1st class we were in coach A on the outward journey and didn’t have the best view, however on the return were in coach X and had fab views. There isn’t much to do in Mallaig for two hours and I was glad we had pre booked the one hour wildlife cruise with Western Isles cruises as it is timed to run between the trains. The high tea all of us was the disappointing part. Served in a pre packed cardboard box. Contained 3 sandwiches which weren’t that exciting, 2 cakes and a scone. At £25 a head (£100 for the 4 of us!) for the high tea I would have expected significantly better quality, content and presentation. Other reviews highlight parking issues - there is a long stay carpark as you come into FortWilliam off Auchintore road on the left hand side by the water near a roundabout. £4 for the day and a 10 min walk along the high street to the station - no concerns of fines! Do not park in Morrisons - some families in same train as us did and received hefty fines. Overall a must do! Tip 1: plan something for the 2 hour stop in Mallaig Tip 2: don’t fret about seating on the train; you will see the viaduct! Tip 3: save your money and don’t get the high tea. Tip 4: Park in the longstay carpark off Auchintore road and avoid fines
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Diane N wrote a review Aug 6
Penkridge, United Kingdom36 contributions
Superb experience! We had booked the 2 seater table in first class as it was a special anniversary. So glad we did - I would recommend these as having the best views on the " right" side of the train going in both directions. I felt a little sorry for those who had booked the 4 table configuration as these where on the ' other' side for both journeys - although of course you can see through windows on either side of the train. We were served coffee or tea with a pack of biscuits for both journeys. I also purchased for £2 the souvenir map ( from the lady who comes along carriage) which was useful to identify things we could see or things to look out for along the way. Having read the advice on here, I pre booked somewhere to eat in Mallaig. I had wondered about the boat trip which can also be taken to fill in time here, but due to Scottish weather decided a meal I doors was safest option! All staff where friendly and cheerful. I would thoroughly recommend this experience. One thing I did notice - when we arrived at the station in Fort William there was a queue for people who didn't have a ticket, and as far as I could see they all got on the train. This may help those who wish to leave booking to see what the weather is doing. I assume they would be in standard carriages - which were fine. Parking was plentiful at the station ( there were several car parks) and the station cafe inexpensive and staff friendly. They also did a lunch bag for reasonable cost for people to take on board.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Debi12 wrote a review Aug 5
Reading, United Kingdom15 contributions23 helpful votes
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Some beautiful scenery to be seen, but often obscured by summertime greenery. High tea was nice, but definitely not worth the money! Staff were friendly and it was fun to chat with the other passengers. If I were to visit again, I definitely save my money and drive the route.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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DivingHog wrote a review Aug 4
Harrison, Arkansas19 contributions4 helpful votes
We had booked a first class cabin for our foursome but the trucks on the car had to be serviced. We got offered a full refund or a private regular cabin with a partial refund. We opted for the latter but were disappointed in the cleanliness and quality of the cabin. The overall train ride was fine but with improvements/upgrades to the entire train it would have been great. Staff was excellent though
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Date of experience: July 2022
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