Jacobite Express traversing the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

This evening, I am posting a portfolio of images and videos concerning the popular Jacobite Express Steam Train which operates during the tourist season along the 41 mile (66 km) route between Fort William and Mallaig in the Scottish Highlands. This train ride has proved extremely popular on two counts: (1) The outstanding scenic beauty via Loch Eil, Glenfinnan and Arisaig and (2) Connection with the ‘Harry Potter’ stories and film via the ‘Hogwarts Express’.

The term ‘Jacobite’ is widely used in the Scottish Highlands. This dates from the numerous uprisings of the 17th and 18th centuries and efforts by the Royal House of Stewart to reclaim the thrones of England and Scotland. ‘Jacob’ is Latin for ‘James’. James II (England) and VII (Scotland) was exiled in 1688 due to his Catholic religion. Technically, a Jacobite is a Roman Catholic supporter of the Stewart dynasty.

Jacobite Steam Engine at Fort William Station

One of the best vantage points for viewing the train is at Glenfinnan, about 17 miles west of Fort William. Here there is a monument recording the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 coupled with excellent views of Loch Shiel.

Whenever possible, I arrange my tours of the area to coincide with the train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which itself is of historic interest being the world’s first bridge built from non-reinforced concrete. It was completed in 1901.

Jacobite Express en-route between Glenfinnan and Mallaig

Steam Engine at Mallaig

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