A Spellbinding Harry Potter Journey Through the Highlands
Hold on to your sorting hats because you’re about to enter the magical world of Harry Potter and it doesn’t matter if you’re a muggle, either. Nevermind waiting for your Hogwarts letter to arrive, because Ben Nevis and the Scottish Highlands are taking you on that Nimbus 2000 for a flight of a lifetime around some stunning locations that even the Mirror of Erised would desire. So, take a pinch of floo powder and off we go…
All Aboard the Hogwarts Express!
Excuse me, sir, can you tell me where I might find Platform 9 and 3 quarters? Well, unlike the station guard we don’t think you’re being funny because you can find it at the Glenfinnan Viaduct!
The Hogwarts Express is actually a real train and is called the Jacobite Express - well, only called that by the non-wizarding world. Known as probably the greatest railway journey, ever - this 84 mile round trip always makes the headlines in the Daily Prophet.
Be sure to stop the trolley lady and get your fix of Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans as you’ll be passing through the following *destinations:
- Loch Morar
- River Morar
- Loch Nevis
- Fort William
*Note that Hogsmeade does not feature.
If you’re a little worried about the dementors searching the carriages again, you can get a perfect view of the train and the world-famous Potter bridge from down below. Simply make your way to Glenfinnan train station and walk the beautiful one mile through the stunning hills to the ideal viewing spot.
You may need to take a time-turner with you because it’s only at 10:50am or 3:15pm that the train passes through the bridge, and if you’re lucky it sometimes stops for you to get that picture-perfect snap.
On Your Marks, Get Set, Fly!
Keep an eye out for the golden snitch because Glen Nevis in Fort William was used as the background scenes for the Quidditch games. Take in the beautiful scenery (with the occasional bludger flying around) in this lovely port town which is part of the Caledonian Canal.
Not far from this there may be a chance you’ll cross paths with a few grindylows as you have the chance to visit Steall Falls. The picturesque location where Harry famously battled an Hungarian Horntail dragon in the Goblet of Fire.
While everyone’s eyes were transfixed on Harry trying to outfly the dragon, the background shots of the falls are so out of this world that not even a portkey could muster enough magic to show you something so beautiful. The only way to actually get to the waterfall is by crossing a rope bridge, which is made up of three steel cables - no aparating here.
Now, where would we be without our favourite games keeper? Don’t forget the rules about bowing for the hippogriff, because at Glencoe you’ll be able to see the location of Hagrid’s hut. The physical home of the motorbike flying wizard is no longer there, but the beautiful valley it was set upon definitely is. There are various walking routes you can explore through Glencoe to discover the wonders of the Scottish highlands.
Broomsticks At the Ready!
Whether you’re Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw, you’re guaranteed to enjoy these Harry Potter locations. It’s your chance to explore the beauty of the Scottish Highlands with a sparkle of magic - don’t forget to pay a trip to Diagon Alley before you go to make sure you have everything you need.