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Jacobite Steam Train
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed July 23, 2013

A steam train looks good when you are watching it pass, Once on board you may as well be on a diesel as you can't see the engine and the carriages are a bit worn. Some nice scenery and the "Harry Potter" curved viaduct gives good photo opportunities. Not much to do in Malaig but worth a visit once.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Most beautiful scenery. Riding on the historic steam train was great. Watched them loading the coal in Mailog for the return trip.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This steam train run was the main part of out holiday and it did not disappoint the scenery from out train seat was stunning. Loved experience from start to finish.

Thank Redthecrow
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I booked first class seats as a birthday present for my husband. We had a fantastic day out - the weather was lovely so we had a clear view of the beautiful scenery. The first class coach at the front of the train was really nice - big comfy seats and a nice atmosphere - definitely worth paying the extra for first class.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a trip for everyone. Rail buffs will appreciate being hauled by a genuine 1940s steam locomotive, kids will enjoy the Harry Potter connection whilst everyone will be seduced by the wow-factor of the Scottish scenery. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. It's easy enough to do so and the only negative reviews of this trip seem to come from those who didn't. A word of warning though - if you are lucky enough to have hot, sunny weather as we did the carriages get very warm, especially on the return journey. Those sort of days maybe a rarity but be prepared. A number of passengers were visibly wilting on the way back to Fort William.

As for the cost, I found it to be quite reasonable. The best part of four hours of steam-hauled rail travel for £33 is actually quite a bargain when you compare it with other heritage rail journeys. Yes, you can travel the line on the regular Scotrail service for less and take in the scenery but is it not worth the extra to experience the joys of soot in your hair, smoke in your lungs as you pass through a tunnel and the sound of the engine under full steam as it tackles the steep gradients on the way?

Thank Balix
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