Fort William is a small town on the banks of the long drawn-out Loch Linnhe in the Western Highlands of Scotland, and the starting point of our journey.
At Fort William Station, a train known as The Jacobite is awaiting its passengers. This is the revival of a bygone age now brought back to life with this fine steam locomotive.
Soon we have crossed the impressive Caledonian Canal and the line travels along the foothills of Loch Linnhe and negotiates a bend to the west at Fort William, as the route becomes increasingly narrower. The West Highland Railway was one of the last lines to have been built in Scotland and was once used for commercial traffic.
Suddenly it emerges in the distance, the bridge that made film history with Harry Potterīs magic train, the Hogwart Express. At a slower pace, the train rumbles into Curves Viaduct, across Loch Shiel.
From time to time the rocky shore of the Sound Of Sleat archipelago appears, as the train makes its way along the meandering tracks. It was not until the beginning of the nineteenth century that a road was built in this region, the Road To The Isles, which opened the way for holiday traffic.
Today, the splendid Jacobite continues to be a sight to behold as it steams its way along one of the most beautiful railroads in the world. A remarkable experience on a remarkable railroad!