Checking out the Hogwarts Express

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If you are a Harry Potter fan (like me!) then travelling through England, Wales and Ireland you will find many of the movie sets, such as Hagrids hut and Diagon Alley, along with load of other Harry Potter related activities to check out.
While we were in Scotland we decided to check out the Hogwarts Express and see it drive over the Glenfinnan Viaduct - the scene in the movie which takes Harry and his friends to Hogwarts!

Glenfinnan Viaduct

The schedule of the Hogwarts Express changes depending on the time of year, but will generally pass through Glenfinnan Viaduct in the morning and afternoon - best to check ahead for the current schedule. I highly recommend getting there well ahead of time, as it can get busy and rather hard to get a park!

A view from below

After finding a park there is a short walk to get a good view from above of the Viaduct, and wait for the Hogwarts Express. The walk is lovely, and the surrounding mountains are incredible - another reason to arrive early and soak in the incredible Scottish Countryside!

Glenfinnan Viaduct from above

Once you get to a higher point Harry Potter fan will instantly recognize this iconic Viaduct which provides one of the more famous scenes from the movies. There is loads of space to get a good view, but getting there early ensures the best view for when the steam train approaches. There was excitement in the air (for me anyway!) of the anticipation of Hogwarts Express.

The Hogwarts Express!

There was some chatter, and then silence as we could hear the distant noise of a train approaching, and then see a few puffs of smoke in the distance. As the steam train gets close we heard a whistle and toot, and then people inside waving away at us! I looked for Harry and his friends but didnt see them this time....

Choo choo!

As the train got closer an closer it felt like I was watching the movie being remade right in front of my very eyes.

It is possible to actually ride the Hogwarts Express aswell - we decided not to as it was expensive, and hard to get a ticket. Also it was actually really cool to see it from above and how it looked on the movies.

Amazing views!

The surrounding area of Glen Coe and Fort William is stunning with amazing mountains and rivers and incredibly green scenery. If you are planning on visiting the Hogwarts Express, then I would suggest putting some time aside to explore the surrounding countryside aswell.

All photos taken by me.... happy travels everyone!


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I think it's cool to see some of the filming locations from a favourite film. We were recently in New Zealand and went to several Lord of the Rings locations - Was so cool. We went to the UK last year but weren't able to make it to Scotland...It's on the list for next time though. Good post, thanks for sharing.

Yeah agree its cool to see where the magic happened. We are from New zealand and lived near hobbiton. Weta workshops is also excellent

That's north island isn't it? Hobbiton I mean. We stayed in the south but loved NZ so will be back to explore some more. We love close so it's not too costly. (Aus)

Yea waikato... south is probably more 'beautiful' but north has loads of cool places to explore such as rotorua, taupo and wellington.

We will probably head back to the north in 2021. Loved the south so much though, fewer people, beautiful scenery. Such a lovely place. I'm annoyed we didn't head over sooner to be honest.

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