'Jacobite' Steam Train

Jacobite Steam Train

When British Rail reintroduced steam to the line in 1984 it was known as 'The West Highlander' which later became 'The Lochaber'. West Coast Railways took over the running of this service in 1995 and gave it the much loved title 'The Jacobite'.

It is regarded as one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World and was voted Top Railway Journey in the World 2009 by Wanderlust Magazine, due mainly to the stunning scenery. The 84 mile round trip will take you past Britain's highest mountain, deepest loch, shortest river and most westerly station. Quite a journey indeed!

The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan after crossing the world famous 21 arch concrete viaduct, (as featured in the Harry Potter films) with its stunning views down Loch Shiel and over the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard in 1745. The train stops in the station giving you time to stretch your legs and visit the museum in the station buildings.

Beyond are the villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. On a clear summer's day from Arisaig you can see the "Small Isles" of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. From there the train passes Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films "Highlander" and "Local Hero" before arriving at Mallaig.

West Coast Railways