Steam Trains in Scotland
Scotland benefits from three operational steam train services all of which are aimed at the enthusiast and tourist market.
Train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct
This operates along a section of Scotland's rugged west coast, between Fort William and Mallaig in the Highlands region. The trip has been designated by some as one of the world's great rail journeys. There is another dimension in that the train was used as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter series and as such attracts large numbers of family groups during the peak summer period.
This train is operated by West Coast Railways and visitors are advised to check that company's website for timings and other details. Booking ahead is recommended to avoid disappointment.
A trip between Fort William and Mallaig takes the best part of one full day, typically departing Fort William at 10.15 am and returning there at 4.00 pm with a stop at the port of Mallaig.
Engine at Mallaig Station
Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
This is located at Bo'ness (EH51 9AQ) in the east of Scotland, about nineteen miles west of Edinburgh.
Trips operate between late March and late October with typical round trip taking about 1 hour 5 minutes.
Check website for details.
Strathspey Steam Railway
This is located at Aviemore, about thirty miles south of Inverness in the Cairngorms National Park.
Trips operate between April and October with the round trip taking about 1 hour 38 minutes.
Visitors are recommended to check the company's website for details and booking information.