A Day Trip with a Difference Harry Potter Style
Fancy a fun filled day out with spectacular scenery?The Jacobite train is described as the greatest railway journey in the world. It is an 84-mile round trip that takes in some of Scotland’s finest countryside.
Your exciting day out has a choice of a morning or afternoon departure starting at Fort William nestling in the foothills of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The destination for your journey is Mallaig, a busy fishing port and ferry terminal. En route the train stops at the village of Glenfinnan. Moving on are a number of beautiful villages and on a good day you can see over to the “Small Isles”. Keep an eye out for the beaches passed Morrar that were used in Scottish films “highlander” and “Local Hero”.
One of the most exciting parts of your trip will be crossing the 21 arched Glenfinnan Viaduct a location made famous in theHarry Potter films. The Jacobite train provided the steam engine and carriages for ‘Hogwarts Express’. It is a great day out for all the family and die hard Potterheads!
On arrival at Mallaig you have an hour and a half to spend where there are Shops, bars and restaurants and excellent choices for fresh fish and chips.
Don’t miss out on the fabulous day trip as it only runs April till October and gets booked up quickly.
Why not combine it with a stay at Balloch Park? A short drive to Rannoch Station through “Outlander” country where you can catch a connecting train to Fort William. This leaves you with approximately two hours to discover our largest town in the Highlands before boarding the Jacobite train. If you prefer to drive to Fort William is a mere 81 miles.
After your exhilarating day out why not come back to the luxury of Balloch Park. You will find that our lodges reach all the expectations of a 5* standard self catering accommodation. With quality fixtures and fittings throughout there is everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The properties are surrounded by outstanding countryside with access straight to the river, ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts.The lodges enjoy private large patios, BBQs and hot tubs.
Balloch Park is an ideal location for any wildlife enthusiast. Otters, red squirrels, ospreys and many other indigenous species surround Balloch Park. Sit in your very own tranquil setting enjoying the ospreys fishing on the river, the stunning views that change every second and the peace and quiet.
The rural setting of Balloch Park gives great access to the surrounding hills and riverside walks and guarantees peace and quiet. The conservation village of Kenmore is 1 mile away at the head of Loch Tay in Scotland’s most prestigious area, magnificent Highland Perthshire.
Whilst staying at Balloch Park you can enjoy the onsite facilities at our sister Estate the Award winning Mains of Taymouth Estate & Golf Course hosting Perthshire's finest 9 hole Golf Course, The Courtyard Bar & Restaurant, the award winning Courtyard Shop & Deli and stables all available onsite.
Many of the properties are pet friendly so you can bring you four legged friends, also welcome on the Jacobite Express.