Harry Potter Experience
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Harry Potter themed hotel
Fancy Dress competition. (Don't forget your fancy dress).
- Arrival Day
- Train to Fort William, then Oban
- Glen Coe and Glenfinnan Viaduct
- Departure Day
The capital of Scotland where J.K Rowling first began her Potter plotting way back in the early 90’s. Harry Potter fans would be mad to miss the distinct parallels Edinburgh’s medieval architecture, stony streets and winding alleys draw to the settings of the Harry Potter series. It was in the quaint cafés of Edinburgh where J.K first put pen to paper, crafting the opening chapters to what would become one of the most enchanting fantasy novels of all time: Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone.The Elephant House, self-branded as ‘The Birthplace of Harry Potter’, was J.K’s favourite café to get creative. Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, The Elephant House is where the magical world of witches and wizards was imagined. However, whilst much of The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban was written here, it’s actually Spoon café (then known as Nicholas Café) where J.K wrote the opening chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Either way, both cafés offer a chance to sit back in the surroundings of where it all began … whilst indulging on coffee & cakes of course. You can also see JK Rowling's handprints set in stone at the Edinburgh City Chambers on the Royal Mile.
Train to Fort William, then Oban
We take the train to Fort William on part of the West Highland Line that shares the Hogwarts Express. The town is a major tourist centre at the foot of Ben Nevis. From the train you see some famous spots from the window, including the mystical Rannoch Moor, the place where Death Eaters board the train in the movie ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1’. In the afternoon we visit the seaside town of Oban, which is so much more than a port - it's a thriving town which is well worth exploring. Amble the seaside streets, try samples in the chocolate shop and distillery, visit the ivy-clad castle and the town's fascinating museum, and fill up on a lunch of smashing seafood and walk up to McCaig's Tower for great views across Oban and the Inner Hebrides.
Glen Coe and Glenfinnan Viaduct
After a magical breakfast we visit Glen Coe with its dramatic landscape and volcanic origins featured as background shots throughout the Prisoner of Azkaban as well as various other Harry Potter films. However, it’s the iconic girl power moment when Hermione smashes Malfoy in the face which makes this location perhaps the most memorable of all. Next, we visit Glenfinnan and the viaduct; the 380 metres long and 31 metres high Victorian Railway Bridge is instantly recognisable from that opening scene in the Chamber of Secrets. The only thing this image is missing is Harry and Ron flying overhead in the Weasley’s magical Ford Anglia car. The head of the Loch Shiel is also the setting for where Harry encounters a Dementor for the very first time in the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the Hogwarts Express stops on the bridge. In the afternoon we visit the world-famous Commando Monument near Spean Bridge, erected to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served their countries. The Monument is a major landmark and the views of Ben Nevis and the range of mountains which cross the eastern sky are amazing.