While we were in the Scottish Highlands we visited the Glenfinnan Viaduct. This beautiful viaduct has featured on Scottish banknotes, has been used as a location in many television series and in several films. I knew it from Harry Potter!
Remember Harry and Ron in the flying car, chasing the Hogwarts Express in the Chamber of Secrets film? Some may think that shallow but I’ll take my history lessons anywhere I can get them! We saw lots of other adults and children on the hillside watching out for the Hogwarts Express too!
If you do your research, and time your visit carefully, you can see the steam train passing over the viaduct and get the full Hogwarts Express experience! In fact if you want more than just photos you can even ride on the steam train, in the Harry Potter carriages, if you book in advance (although we didn’t as dogs are only allowed in the standard carriages which isn’t the full Harry Potter experience!!).
We got to the viaduct early and Hugo and Holly enjoyed a slow saunter up the steep but rocky path to the viewing point. It’s a small viewing point that could get very busy in summer and there were people actually perched on the side of the hill for presumably a better vantage point! We picked out a good spot at the front and waited about half an hour for the train to arrive.
The driver gave a toot of his whistle, we took a few photos and then just stood back and watched it in all it’s glory! If a blue Ford Anglia had flown alongside it I wouldn’t have been surprised in the slightest! What a magnificent sight!
Once the train had been and gone everyone was keen to get down the steep and stoney path again but not everyone was so keen to wait for tiny little pug legs negotiating the big rocks so we had to carry Hugo and Holly!
I was very tempted by the time turner necklace in the gift shop but held out, just so that we had something to go back for another day! We all had a great time and Hugo and Holly slept all the way home!
If you’re a Harry Potter fan it’s worth a visit and if you’re a fan of beautiful landscapes, historical monuments and great days out then it’s definitely worth a visit! Get in touch or comment below if you’d like to know more about our day or if you’re planning your own trip!