Our Harry Potter themed tour is a must for fans of J.K. Rowling’s tales of the boy who lived. This suggested four day itinerary combines a generous dose of bewitching Scottish scenery with a dash of history, sprinkled with a selection of instantly recognisable filming locations across four magical days.
Day 1 – Home of Hogwarts. Departing from your choice of accommodation anywhere in the central belt and touring through the stunning Scottish border region and onto the rural northern English county of Northumberland to visit the imposing Castle Alnwick which was used for most internal scenes at Hogwarts. Onwards to Durham Cathedral, used for most external scenes of the school. Returning north of the border for an overnight stay in the historic city of Stirling sitting at the gateway to the Scottish highlands.
Day 2 – Wizarding World. Departing Stirling and touring through the legendary Loch Lomond national park of ‘Bonnie, bonnie banks’ fame into the Scottish Highlands. Through the breath taking Glencoe, as famous for its unmistakable vistas as its tragic history and also the subject of many panoramic and iconic scenes from the Harry Potter series an on to the setting of Hagrid’s Hut in the Northern reaches of the Glen. Overlooked by Scotland's highest peak, we tour through Glen Nevis with a drive and short walk to Steall Falls, recognisable from the dragon scenes of the Tri-wizard tournament.
Day 3 - Hogwarts Express. Climb on board the Jacobite Steam train to travel the same route as Harry and Ron as they pursued the Hogwarts Express in the flying Ford Anglia. Your guide will follow the train to capture photographs of you journeying along the beautiful West Highland line to the bustling port of Mallaig. Making the return journey by car we visit Loch Eilt, the landscape setting for Hogwarts itself, recognisable also from the flight of the Hippogriff and home to the island site of the White Tomb, the final resting place of Albus Dumbledore. Arriving in the village of Glenfinnan in time to offer an alternate perspective of the Jacobite steam train, watching it steaming across the iconic viaduct where you were earlier in the day. Overnighting in the lochside town of Fort William.
Day 4 – Harry and History. Departing Fort William via Loch Arkaig, the venue of the diving events of the tri-wizard tournament and travelling Eastwards to the county of Perthshire. Visiting the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray; Blair Castle and a visit to Scotland’s answer to Harrods; House of Bruar. Returning to your chosen accommodation in the central belt and the conclusion of your tour.
This tour can be altered or extended to include further filming locations elsewhere in the UK such as Hogsmeade Station, the Malfoy Mansion and the venue for the Quidditch World Cup. As with all our tours, itineraries are specifically tailored to your requirements so locations can be incorporated into various different scenic and historic tours, please browse our other tours for ideas and inspiration and feel free to contact us anytime.