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Private Tours of Scotland: From Potter to Princes

Your Private Tour of Glenfinnan Viaduct & The Great Glen Way

Embark on an unforgettable journey through some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes with Happy Tours’ Glenfinnan Viaduct & Great Glen Tour. This nine-hour adventure, starting from Inverness, promises a blend of natural beauty, historical landmarks, and cultural highlights. Here’s a deeper look at the must-see spots on the itinerary and options for a more personalised experience:

A serene lake reflecting the cloudy sky is surrounded by rolling hills and autumnal trees, much like those you'd see on a Private Loch Ness 360 Full Day Tour under a blue and cloudy sky.

1. Loch Ness

What to do: Enjoy scenic drives along its shores and boat tours across its waters – and lets not forget a visit to the Loch Ness Centre.

Visitors love: The mystery of Nessie, the breathtaking scenery, and the charming villages that sit along its shore.

Known for: Scotland’s most famous monster – Nessie!

2. Loch Lochy and Loch Oich

What to do: Capture stunning photos, take a peaceful walk, or enjoy a scrumptious picnic.

Visitors love: The tranquil atmosphere and the natural beauty of these interconnected lochs.

Known for: Their picturesque setting in the Great Glen – located along a large geological fault line to connect Inverness on the east coast with Fort William on the West.

A steam train crosses the picturesque Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland, offering a captivating tour amidst a scenic landscape of green hills and a cloudy sky.

3. Glenfinnan Viaduct

What to do: Witness the Jacobite Steam Train as it chugs by; challenge yourself to a hike along a nearby trail; and visit the Glenfinnan Station Museum – a unique heritage site that celebrates the life and work of earlier generations on the West Highland Line.

Visitors love: The connection this site has to the wizarding world of Harry Potter; its spectacular views; and the engineering marvel of the viaduct.

Known for: Its appearance in the Harry Potter film franchise (as well as in many other film and television moments) as the route of the Hogwarts Express.

4. Glenfinnan Monument

What to do: Take the dizzying climb up the tower for an unrivalled view of Loch Shiel; spend time exploring in the nearby visitor centre; and learn more about bloody Jacobite history.

Visitors love:The dramatic scenery, historical significance, and the poignant story of the Jacobite Risings.

Known for: Commemorating the 1745 Jacobite Rising led by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

A rusted, abandoned ship leans on its side on a rocky shore in Scotland, with mountains and a cloudy sky in the background—a hauntingly beautiful scene perfect for Private Tours by Potter to Princes.

5. Fort William

What to do: Explore local shops and cafes, visit the West Highland Museum, and take in views of Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the British Isles.

Visitors love: The town’s charming high street, the abundance of outdoor activities, and the historical attractions.

Known for: Being the gateway to Ben Nevis, the mightiest Munro to conquer.

Bronze statue of three soldiers standing back-to-back, mounted on a stone pedestal, set in a wide-open landscape with the Great Glen in the background and a clear blue sky above. Perfect stop for those on a tour of the area.

6. Commando Memorial

What to do: Pay your respects at the memorial – dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II.

Visitors love: The poignant tribute to WWII Commandos; the stunning vistas which include views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries; and the sense of history and pride that remains strong to this day.

Known for: Honouring the elite British Commandos of World War II.

7. Fort Augustus

What to do: Stroll along the Caledonian Canal, watch the boats navigate the locks, and visit the Clansman Centre.

Visitors love: The picturesque setting, the engineering of the canal locks, and the quaint village charm.

Known for: The series of locks on the Caledonian Canal and its scenic location at the southern tip of Loch Ness.

A stone arch bridge spans over a rocky river with another similar bridge visible further upstream. Green trees and distant mountains surround the scene, capturing the tranquil essence of the historic Invermoriston Road Bridge.

8. Invermoriston

What to do: Explore the old Telford bridge, discover the many woodland trails, and enjoy the peaceful riverside setting.

Visitors love: The quaint village atmosphere, natural beauty, and historic bridge.

Known for: The picturesque Thomas Telford bridge – Scotland’s first cast iron bridge, completed in 1814 – and beautiful surrounding landscapes.

Travel in comfort aboard a luxury 8-seater minibus or an executive Land Rover with a friendly, experienced, kilted guide who will share insights and stories about each location. Customise your tour by adding extra attractions like Glencoe, Neptunes Staircase, Falls of Foyers, Urquhart Castle, or the Suidhe Viewpoint for an even more personalised experience.

For more details and to book your tour, get in touch today.

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