Going Potter in Scotland

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Going Potter in Scotland

Join this fabulous Harry Potter themed tour and get much more than a day in a crowded theme park or an abbreviated mini-tour! This fantastic exploration of Scotland is perfect for the budget-minded traveler.

Your Going Potter in Scotland Tour Includes:

  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Breakfast daily, except day of arrival
  • Jacobite Steam Train return ticket between Fort William and Mallaig (subject to availability at time of booking)
  • Going Potter in Scotland Road Book with full itinerary and additional Scotland/sightseeing information 
  • Car Rental: Group C Standard Shift Car*
  • Carbon offsetting contribution donated to the National Trust for Scotland


*Upgrades to automatic and larger cars available for a supplement.

Itinerary

Harry Potter Tour of ScotlandDay 1
Arrival at Edinburgh or Glasgow airport and transfer into Edinburgh for check in at the hotel. Take a city tour to get your bearings in Scotland's capital. Make your way to the mysterious closes of Edinburgh's medieval Old Town, a real inspiration for the world of Harry Potter.

In the evening join a walking tour which takes you under the City Chambers to visit the Real Mary Kings Close. Beneath the City Chambers on the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh's deepest secret, a warren of hidden streets where people lived, worked and died through the centuries. Re-capture 17th century life inEdinburgh and discover some of the dramatic episodes of this fascinating site. Step into the home of a plague-ridden grave digger's family or a grand 16th century townhouse. Then return to your hotel for a peaceful night's sleep in Edinburgh!

Day 2
After your full Scottish breakfast leave Edinburgh heading over the Firth of Forth - enjoy the views over to the stunning Forth Rail Bridge. A convenient stop on your journey is the small Highland town of Pitlochry where you can tour one of its 2 distilleries (entrance at Edradour Distillery is free of charge!) and visit the Salmon Ladder and possibly witness the monumental struggle of the fish as they journey up stream. From Pitlochry travel further north and head towards Kinlochlaggan, taking your journey west. The A86 will take you to Spean Bridge and from here on to Fort William, set on the foot of the highest Mountain in the UK - Ben Nevis. Overnight in the Fort William area.

Harry Potter Filming Location: Glenfinnan ViaductDay 3
Board the Jacobite Steam Train in Fort William this morning and commence the memorable journey to Mallaig. This is a beautiful and isolated region of Scotland, and gateway to the Western Isles. Imagine yourself aboard the Hogwarts Express with the Weasleys' flying car in hot pursuit as you thunder over the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the famous West Highland Railway Line. The West Coast Railway Company, supplied the engine and all carriages for the film and No.5972 is now set to find new fame as the "Hogwarts Express" locomotive. The train schedule allows 1 hour 45 minutes in the harbour town of Mallaig where you can enjoy amazing views across to the bewitching Isle of Skye which has legends of fairies and giants of its own. Return journey from Mallaig is at 14.20hr. Overnight again in the Fort William area.

Day 4
For today we recommend an excursion to Loch Ness, a magical place, and legendary home of Scotland's own monster ‘Nessie'. Keep your eyes peeled for any mysterious ripplings on the loch! Who knows what you might see there. At Drumnadrochit, take a tour of the state of the art Loch Ness 2000 museum and learn everything you need to know about Scotland's most infamous monster. We recommend a visit at Urquhart Castle, magnificently situated on an a promontory on the banks of Loch Ness. The visitor centre of this romantic ruin offers guests a great insight into what life was like when the castle was one of Scotland's most important medieval strongholds. There is also the option to do a boat trip on Loch Ness or alternatively you might want to travel further to Inverness from here for some sightseeing and shopping in the Capital city of the Highlands. Return south from here to Fort William area.

Harry Potter VacationDay 5
Today start your day by exploring Glencoe, a magnificent yet eerie location etched into Scottish history following the massacre of the Macdonald Clan in 1692. It's more recently known for its use in Hollywood blockbusters such as Highlander, Braveheart and Harry Potter. Filmed in 2003, The Prisoner of Azkaban featured Hagrid's House which was filmed around Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Glenfinnan. In Glen Nevis, outdoor minded guests can do a delightful walk (low-level hike, minimum time requirement 2 hours). The glen will lead you to the Steall Falls, which have featured in the most recent Harry Potter film. Later that day continue south through Rannoch Moor and into the Trossachs, walking in the footsteps of legendary Scottish heroes William Wallace (Braveheart) and Rob Roy MacGregor.Finish this leg of your journey by making your way back to Edinburgh.

Day 6
Today take a stroll down picturesque and vibrant Victoria Street with lace, cheese, clothes and antique shops to choose from. Or take a leisurely lunch in the historic Grassmarket, site of the hangings in the 18th century and learn of the story of ‘Half hangit Maggie'. In the afternoon you have the option to continue exploring Edinburgh and do some shopping. In the evening you might want to join a Ghost & Ghouls walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town, which will start from the Mercat Cross on the Royal Mile. The Wynds surrounding the Royal Mile abound in tales of dastardly deeds from Edinburgh's past - and there are still many ghosts waiting to take their revenge on unsuspecting visitors. Last overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 7
Time for transfer to the airport and departure.

(Tours visiting the Harry Potter film
locations are not endorsed by or connected with Warner Bros or JK
Rowling.)

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This tour does not include: 

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  • Tips to driver/guide

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