Day trip

Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Fort William, and Glencoe Winter Tour

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Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Fort William, and Glencoe Winter Tour

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From US$ 64.54 per person

Experience the beauty of Glencoe, Fort William, and Glenfinnan Viaduct on a guided day trip from Edinburgh. See the filming sites of many Harry Potter scenes, dramatic Glencoe, and Loch Shiel.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • Soak up the dramatic and haunting scenery at Glencoe
  • Have a relaxing stop at Fort William, at the foot of Britain's tallest mountain
  • See the "Harry Potter Bridge" at Glenfinnan and the "Black Lake"; Loch Shiel
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The winter edition of our Glenfinnan, Glencoe, and Fort William Adventure begins in the heart of Edinburgh city center, at our departure point on the Royal Mile.

Depart Edinburgh's bustling streets, pass some of its most iconic sights like Edinburgh Castle on your way out, and begin your journey north into the rugged Scottish Highlands. We pause for refreshments at Callander, the gateway to the Highlands, before continuing to Glencoe.

The well-known, dramatic Glen features in many films, such as James Bonds' Skyfall, and is the backdrop to some scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, perfect to get you in the mood to visit the famous "Harry Potter Bridge" that you will see later in the tour.

We pause here for photos and to learn all about the history of Glencoe, including the massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692.

From the atmospheric Glencoe, we travel further along the banks of Loch Linnhe to the Highland town of Fort William, which sits at the foot of Britain's tallest mountain - Ben Nevis.

We stop here to allow you to stretch your legs and have an early lunch break before we journey onwards to the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct was arguably made most famous from its scenes in Harry Potter and is surrounded by mountains on the stunning shores of Loch Shiel.

Not only is this location famous for the Jacobite Steam Train (not to be confused with the Hogwarts' Express), Loch Sheil was the location of the "Black Lake".

See if you can spot a "grindylow" causing trouble under the surface! It's also the setting for Buckbeak's beautiful flight, scenes from the Triwizard Tournament, and also the stunning loch on which Hogwarts sits.

We take in the viaduct and a photo opportunity before a visit to the nearby Glenfinnan Monument, which symbolizes one of the most important events in Scottish history; the 1745 Jacobite uprising.

Departing Glenfinnan, we begin our return journey to Edinburgh, stopping along the way for refreshments at the small village of Pitlochry.

Enjoy time to stretch your legs and grab a quick bite to eat before we return to Edinburgh where our Glenfinnan, Glencoe, and Fort William Adventure will end.

  • Entry to attractions
  • Meals and Drinks
  • Jacobite Steam Train
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Meeting point

Meet outside The Ensign Ewart pub, 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, UK.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The Jacobite Steam Train (Harry Potter train) runs until the 28th of October. After that point, you will not be able to see the train on this tour.
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It was amazing, from beginning to end the sights were breathtaking and it almost felt like the weather was on our side because every time we stopped for pictures the sky would clear. Definitely recommend it! The tour guide was also excellent and told us all the story behind what we were seeing. I loved learning a bit more about Scotland’s history

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October 2, 2022


It was incredible but we need it more time at Glenfinnan to see the Jocobite train. Our guide was very explicit about Scotland history, very entertaining. Thank you again!!

October 3, 2022


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