Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Viaduct
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  • Chris W
    Toronto, Canada66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harry Potter Railway
    A great country side viewing experience. The train you want to see will come by at 15:15 roughly. Scott rail trains periodically pass through as well. A great photo opportunity. Can be very busy to park at.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Sidji
    London, United Kingdom4,603 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good as part of a longer itinerary
    The Glenfinnan viaduct is quite far away in its own bit of the country. Getting to it takes 3-4 hours from the main cities so if you are going to visit make sure you plan it as one stop on a full day itinerary because the train passes by only for a moment. The local scenery is beautiful and the short walk to the view point on the hill is a must do for all visitors. Perhaps combine with Loch Ness or Glencoe or Urquhart castle to get more out of your day.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Ruthy
    United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy but thoroughly enjoyable
    I visited this site 15 years ago, pre cafe, shop, car park and coaches. Although it is certainly busier than it was before the Harry Potter hype started, it was still wonderful to see again. The car park price was fair for a whole day and if you plan your time right, see the train crossing, have some lunch and visit the monument over the road, you really get value for money. I particularly enjoyed the viewing area that you can access by taking a short steep walk from beside the visitors centre. There was plenty of space for everyone to view the viaduct and take photographs. We bought a selection of hot and cold food for our group and it was all very tasty and good quality.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Aisleena
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    There is a pay and display car park. There are information boards along the path. I would recommend walking shoes/boots as well as waterproofs as it can often be raining! The train ended up being about 15 min later than advertised on the board at the visitor centre. It was great to see though. A must do for any Harry Potter fan!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Valerie
    Singapore, Singapore40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical experience!
    Really enjoyed this visit. If able, visit when the Jacobite steam train goes past at 10.45am, 1.20pm, 3.10pm and 6.05pm. Really reminiscent of the Hogwarts Express with the billowing steam and iconic whistle. Follow the signs to the viewpoint, its about a 20min walk through a gate and up a hill.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Robin
    Buckley, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from up on the hill,a short walk with a bit of a climb.
    The best place to view the Jacobite express, otherwise known as the Harry Potter steam train. There is a large car park which does get very busy at train times. The train passes up twice which are the busiest times. Make sure you get there early as the car park can get full and you may be turned away there is not much alternative parking, as there are double yellow lines along the main road.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 July 2023
  • deb g
    Crawley, United Kingdom174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    good to see
    we were there with about 500 others on the hillside to see the "Harry Potter" train. Whilst we were waiting 2 very low fighter planes went over head and then the train came. Car park was a bit of a rip off at £6 but there was no other option
    Visited June 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Richard S
    Aberfeldy, United Kingdom43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An iconic architectural masterpiece
    This was the second time we had visited, the first about 20 years ago and were so impressed by this magnificent architectural masterpiece. We decided to visit again this year and were amazed to find more and more car parks and they were filled to the brim, several coaches were there as well. Apparently the main reason being thanks to JK Rowling and her Harry Potter books and films. Hundreds and hundreds of people coincide their trip with the times that the Jacobite steam train crosses the viaduct like the steam train does in Harry Potter. It is a great sight but if you go go early and expect it to be crowded. Also word of advice whilst there is some food available on site it’s very much more cost effective to take your own food and drink! If it’s just the viaduct you want to see best choice times when steam train not going to be there. Still well worth a visit for the craftsmanship !
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • aptts1962
    Tulsa, Oklahoma118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit?
    Nice hike up to the viaduct and then being over the hills to the station and museum. The viaduct is an amazing engineering feat. The hiking wonderful. Path is challenging but ok if you’re reasonably fit. Views of the loch stunning
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Travelcrazed1987
    Cornwall, United Kingdom124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful area to visit but VERY busy
    This is understandably a busy location due to its popularity following the Harry Potter movies. Parking is nigh on impossible when the train is due to come over, so if you are not fussed about seeing that then arrive later on in the day when it should be a bit better. If you are into hiking, continue on the tarmac track that goes under the viaduct and past the houses to the left. This track goes on for around 2 miles (relatively flat) to the Glenfinnian Estate house where you can either turn back, or join on to one of the hiking trails. Considering the hordes of people at the viaduct, I did not see one other person from about a quarter of a mile from the viaduct, to the end of my hike (7 miles round trip!).
    Visited August 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
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Dobby
Nashville, TN299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's a picturesque spot and one of the Harry Potter must-see spots. The Genfinnan Viaduct is easy to get to. There’s a parking lot right there, and it’s a 5-minute walk to the viaduct for some fantastic photo opportunities. It’s also across the street from the black lake.
Written 28 April 2024
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Matey2010
Scotland, UK316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A long time goal was to visit the Glenfinnan viaduct and that was completed over easter weekend bank holiday.
Well worth a visit but get there early as both car parks were Jam Packed when we arrived around 11.30 am.
We travelled on to Mallaig and stopped off on our return later in the day.
Be warned, parking is £5, even for accessible parking.
It is quite a walk (but worth it) to the viaduct along a series of rough paths. If you have accessibility issues but are ambulent this is doable. If you are a wheelchair user it would be a bit more difficult as you get closer because the pathway is quite eroded, i’m guessing this is down to visitor numbers and natural erosion.
It was disappointing that cafe was closed on a bank holiday weekend.
Toilets are available but there is a donation box to ease your conscience.
Written 1 April 2024
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Gina C
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Was great to see the ‘famous’ Harry Potter bridge and would highly recommend but the parking was a bit on the expensive side
Written 26 March 2024
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Becky
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful scenery, impressive architecture to view. Not too far of a walk from the car park which is helpful, and various viewpoints so you can get nice photos, even if you're not easily able to climb up to the main viewpoint.
Written 25 March 2024
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Our visit to the Glenfinnan Viaduct was a delightful surprise, even for someone like me who isn't a die-hard fan of Harry Potter, unlike my spouse (more books than movies). The viaduct's significance in the Harry Potter series is undeniable, and witnessing it in person was truly magical.

We had read that the Jacobite Steam Train, also known as the Hogwarts Express, doesn't cross the bridge after October. However, upon arriving at Glenfinnan, we were surprised to find a crowd of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the train. It turns out, there were only three more days left in the season for the train to cross the bridge, making it the end of October. The excitement in the air was palpable as we eagerly awaited the train's arrival.

While waiting, we explored the area and discovered several walking paths offering different vantage points of the viaduct. Each path provided stunning views of the bridge and surrounding scenery, allowing us to fully appreciate its grandeur.

Finally, the moment we had been waiting for arrived—the Hogwarts Express chugged across the viaduct, enveloped in a cloud of steam.

One interesting tidbit we learned is that the train crosses the viaduct twice a day. In the morning, the locomotive is facing the correct direction, but in the afternoon, it reversed. This means that for those locomotive is facing wrong way while hooked to the rest of the train (see in pictures). Which was a little disappointing.

I would highly recommend getting there early so you can check out a few of the locations to get the best pictures. There is also a gift shop that carries a lot of Harry Potter Souvenirs.
Written 13 March 2024
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jdeline
Toronto, Canada104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
As a Harry Potter fan, this was a must do side trip if you can. While riding the train was not an option (sold out), we decided to just drive to the viaduct to watch the train travel over it. Was a messy, rainy day but worth it. Just be prepared to wait and if you get there late, there is very little parking. We arrived at lest 40 minutes early and got one of the few last remaining parking spots. So, just be prepared to wait for what will amount to about a 5 minute training/viaduct viewing.
Written 30 November 2023
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Chelsea & Jarrod
Charlotte, NC40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We parked at the train station and did the Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail. It was about 3 degrees (40F ish) so plenty of parking spots. We arrived around 2.15pm and the hike to the viewpoint took about 45 minutes. We stopped along the way and took photos which added time. BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT - there was max 8 people at the viewpoint the whole time we were there. We didn’t see the train come by as darkness was approaching but we knew that coming in. Fantastic views and sunset on the hike back. All up, about 70 mins for our hike, pictures and return to car!
Written 30 November 2023
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Tony
Leyland, UK331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Harry Potter fans will love this viaduct, but this visit is best done when the sun shines and if you can check times of the trains that use the viaduct so as to get a photo with a train on it
Written 20 November 2023
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SLeeH
Banstead, UK1,550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It was great to see the train in action over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. However, it does get really busy, so get there early and get a good spot, (one where someone cannot come and stand in front of you)!
Written 12 November 2023
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Julie A
Haverfordwest, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
If you enjoy the Harry Potter series architecture, or fresh air this is worth a visit lots of parking nice visitors Center wish the train had been running but stops for the winter
Written 12 November 2023
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