In 1997 the first book about Harry Potter came out. Since then J.K. Rowling published six more books about the famous boy and four films have been made. On Wednesday, July 15, it’s world premiere for the fifth film ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Prince’.
This week will therefore be a Harry Potter sensation, where we’ll give you hints and tips on what Harry Potter-related adventures Britain has to offer. First up is Scotland:
West Highland Railway Line is a 42 mile long railway that runs from Fort William to Mallaig. The railway is used in almost all the train related scenes in the movies. Situated in Inverness-shire in Scotland, approximately 20 English miles west of Fort William you’ll find the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a famous viaduct that used to be a part of the British Railway Network, but is no longer in use. The viaduct is 100 feet above ground and 1000 feet across the valley and can be seen in The sorcerers stone where Harry and Ron misses the Hogwarts Express and tries to catch up with it in a flying car.
You can visit Glennfinnans Station and take a ride with one of the old steam trains across the viaduct. You can even get a meal on the restaurant coach. For more information about Glennfinnan Station, accommodation or time tables for the trains, please visit The Road to the Isles homepage. You can also find it on our Harry Potter map.
In the area around Glennfinnan Station you can also find spectacular hiking, cycling routes, boat cruises, castle visits and a lot more.
For example, the train also passes Glen Nevis in Fort William, used for scenery in the Quidditch Games. Harrys battle against a dragon was shot at the the waterfall Steall Falls in Fort William. If you want to visit Steall Falls and Glen Nevis, log on to Visit Scotlands hompage or Walkhighlands homepage for tips on walk routes or other activities in the area.
Follow our blog for more updates on what to visit in Harry Potters Britain. Next time, we’ll go to England.