The Harry Potter Train Hogwarts Express Operating March
Who does not remember that scene from ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ in which Hermione arrives at Harry and Ron’s compartment to demonstrate from the beginning that her muggle origin will not prevent her from being the most decisive magician of the group? Now, thanks to West Coast Trail, you too can feel like the students at Hogwarts. The Jacobite, the Harry Potter train, begins its routes in March 2018 and the tickets are already on sale.
If you are a fan of Harry Potter you can not miss this magical experience. Not only will you travel in the steam train that appears in the movies, but you will also travel the same route as Harry, Ron, and Hermione, except for their destination, which is not Hogwarts, but it is also very special. The fishing port of Mallaig was founded during the 1840s and upon arrival, you will have an hour and a half to enjoy a walk through this small town.
The first trip aboard the Hogwarts Express will take place on March 30
The exciting 135-km route will depart from Fort William, near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. You will visit the westernmost railway station of Great Britain, Arisaig, you will pass near the deepest freshwater lake in Britain, Loch Morar; and the shortest river in Britain, the Morar River, finally reaching the deepest lake in Europe, Loch Nevis.
On this trip, the important thing is not the arrival, but the experience of the trip, that’s why it is considered one of the best train journeys in the world. You can cross the Glenfinnan viaduct with 21 arches, in which in ‘the Secret Chamber’ Harry and Ron are almost overwhelmed by the Hogwarts Express, after having stolen Mr. Weasley’s car. The train can stop at the viaduct, weather permitting, so you can enjoy the magnificent view of the lake and take photographs to immortalize one of the most characteristic places in the movies.
The prices of this magical experience range from £ 18 for children to £ 30 for adults and it is best to buy them in tourist class because it is the one that allows to travel in the compartments in which Harry and Ron ate grajeas of all the flavors while Hermione looked for the toad of Neville.