The Jacobite: Steam Train Trip

The Jacobite
The Jacobite

The Jacobite: Described as the world’s greatest railway journey, this 84-mile round trip takes you through a list of impressive extremes. Beginning near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, it visits the UK’s westernmost mainland railway station, Arisaig; The deepest freshwater lake in the UK, Loch Morar, and the UK’s smallest river, the Morar River, pass through, finally near the deepest seawater in Europe, Loch Nevis!

The train stops at the village of Glenfinnan (see below) on its way to Mallaig. Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochalort, Arisaig, Morar, and Mallaig. You can get off at Arisig at the request of the guard. From here, on a clear summer day, you can see the “little islands” of the southern tip of Rum, Eig, Mak, Kanna, and Skye. From here the trail continues, passing Morar and the silver beaches used in the films “Highlander” and “Local Hero”.

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But travel is as much part of the experience as arrival, we hope you enjoy this spectacular railway journey, which is considered one of the greatest in the world.


The village of Arisaig (Safe Place) is centered on the sheltered shore of Loch Nan Seal (loch of cells). From this very quiet village, it is possible (until mid-September) to take the boat, The Shearwater, to the smaller islands. The local Highland Games are held here every year on the last Wednesday of July at Trough Farms.


Fort William, the largest city in the Highlands and located at the southern end of the Great Glen, sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The area is a great place to use as a base for exploring the West Highlands.


At the end of the line, Malling was founded during the 1840s, when Lord Lovett, the owner of the North Morar estate, divided the farm here on the waterfront into a series of parcels of land and those living around Loch Morar and Loch Nevis. encouraged his tenants. To settle in Mallaig and establish a fishing village. Today Mallaig is a busy fishing port and ferry terminal with services to Skye and Small Isles. Arriving in Mallaig we have over an hour and a half to enjoy the walk and take in the atmosphere: shops, bars, restaurants and plenty of fish and chips to be enjoyed during the lunch stopover.


We cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct (the place famous in the Harry Potter movies), overlooking Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. The train may stop at the viaduct, for time permitting, to allow you to take in the spectacular view. After stopping at Glenfinnan station you will have time to stretch your legs and, if you wish, visit the West Highland Railway Museum located in the restored station building. The Jacobite may also stop at Arisaig at the request of the guard.

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