Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glorious Glenfinnan

As a main center for the Highlands, there are plenty of local points of interest worth a visit! Explore some on this tour of the area’s highlights with your knowledgeable local guide.

  • Admire the spectacular scenery.
  • Neptune’s Staircase
  • Distillery visit
  • Local history
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration

    4h

  • Max. passengers

    70

  • Booking Code

    E-FWM4

  • From

    $ 185

  • Notices

    Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing, and comfortable walking shoes advised

Following a short overview of Fort William, you will take a short drive westward to reach the village of Glenfinnan. Best known for the stunning railway viaduct (featured in one of the Harry Potter movies) that forms part of the legendary West Highland Line, operating between the towns of Fort William and Mallaig. The West Highland Line itself is famous for the Jacobite Steam Train which operates during the tourist season. It is often referred to as the ‘Hogwarts Express Line’. We’ll pause here for a photo shoot, so have your cameras ready. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb the wee hill behind the visitor center for a better view of the viaduct.

Opposite the visitor center stands the Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1815 as a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. We will then re-join our coach and visit nearby Banavie, where the 60-mile-long Caledonian Canal begins and ends its route across the country. Constructed in the early 19th century by Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, the Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at nearby Corpach. At Banavie, stroll to the canal’s Neptune’s Staircase, the longest staircase lock in the United Kingdom. No tour would be complete without a visit to the local whisky distillery! Ben Nevis Distillery, located at the foot of the mountain, has been operating since 1825. Enjoy a tour and whiskey tasting, when you can learn the Scottish way of saying cheers: slàinte! Then it’s back to your bus for a short drive to the Commando Memorial, offering breathtaking views of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The Commando Memorial is dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. Situated around a mile from Spean Bridge village, it overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot, established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it has become one of the United Kingdom's best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and as a tourist attraction.

Practical information:

  • Remarks: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing, and comfortable walking shoes advised
  • Language: English
  • Walking information: At guests’ discretion
  • Wheelchair accessible: No.