Thursday, 23 July 2015

On Board the Jacobite Train

The Jacobite Train

The Jacobite Train

The Jacobite Train

The Jacobite Train

Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Jacobite Train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct


Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

Mallaig

Mallaig

Last Friday after I had finished work, my mum, my sister and I took the train up to Fort William, along the West Highland Railway Line. That evening was rainy and dark, so we couldn't appreciate the scenery, but thankfully we got more chances the following days. After spending the night in a hotel, we were up bright and early to take the Jacobite Train from Fort William to Mallaig. The Jacobite Train is an old steam train which originally started running in 1901, as a connection to the rural Western Highlands. It was in use up until 1967, when the services stopped. Then, in 1984, the steam train started running its original route again, as a way of promoting tourism in the area. A lot of people recognise the train mainly as the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter movies, which of course is one reason why my sister and I desperately wanted to take it. About halfway through the two hour trip, we passed the scenic Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is also featured in the HP movies. We were a bit unlucky with the seats we got, since we were on the wrong side of the train to actually get a proper view of the viaduct. Eager as we were, however, we managed to have a look through one of the door windows on the other side for a few minutes, but getting good photos was incredibly difficult! Either way, it was a lovely experience. 

We arrived in the little harbour town Mallaig for lunch and had fish and chips before we jumped on the ferry to the Isle of Skye, which was incredibly beautiful - but that's for another post. On Sunday, we took the train back from Mallaig to Glasgow (a normal train, not the Jacobite, sadly!), and since the weather was significantly better I managed to get a couple of photos through the train window. They really don't do the scenery justice though, but I can promise it was breathtakingly beautiful. I'm forever in awe of how stunning Scotland is.

Love, Mimmi