Mail on Sunday exclusive: Travel over the famous Harry Potter bridge with Carol Kirkwood

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Join BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood on the famous Jacobite steam train through the Highlands (and over the Harry Potter bridge)

Travelling by steam train is a wonderful experience and there is nowhere more magical to do it than in the stunning Scottish Highlands.

On this exclusive four-day break, you’ll be joined by the popular BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, whose grandfather helped build the magnificent 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, which also features in the Harry Potter films.

Your 41-mile steam-hauled journey on The Jacobite starts near Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. It passes our deepest freshwater loch, Loch Morar, and travels over the Glenfinnan Viaduct to arrive on the shores of the Atlantic next to Loch Nevis, one of the deepest seawater lochs in Europe.

Magical: Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films


Carol Kirkwood pictured above

Carol Kirkwood pictured above 

Joining you in her native Scotland will be Carol Kirkwood the BBC weather presenter. Carol, who trained with the Met Office, has been presenting the forecasts for more than 20 years, has a regular slot on BBC Breakfast and danced with Pasha Kovalev in the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing.

You’ll pass through Morar, where Carol grew up, and she will tell stories of the Loch Morar monster, as well as her twice-weekly train journey to school in Fort William.

Your packed itinerary also includes some unique boat rides: one to and on The Falkirk Wheel boat lift; another on the SS Sir Walter Scott, one of the last surviving screw-propelled steamers; and a cruise on beautiful Loch Lomond.


Ride The Jacobite

You’ll puff past rugged scenery, craggy coastlines and beautiful lochs on a line that opened in 1901 and is frequently voted the world’s greatest scenic railway. Carol Kirkwood will join you on your journey.

Stay in the Trossachs

The dramatic scenery of the Trossachs National Park inspired both Turner and Wordsworth and you’ll stay in the centre of it at The Winnock Hotel, an 18th Century inn close to the shores of Loch Lomond.

Travel with Carol Kirkwood

Popular BBC weather presenter Carol will give a talk about her life, career, love of Scotland and her time on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing. The region will be bought to life as Carol talks about growing up in Morar and her grandfather’s role in building the incredible Glenfinnan Viaduct.

You’ll visit the mid-18th Century neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell

You’ll visit the mid-18th Century neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell 


DAY ONE Arrive in Edinburgh, The Falkirk Wheel and Carol Kirkwood talk DAY TWO Journey on The Jacobite with Carol DAY THREE Cruise on Loch Lomond and visit to Inveraray Castle DAY FOUR Voyage on SS Sir Walter Scott

Scenic lochs

Enjoy a 90-minute cruise on Loch Lomond and hear the story of Scotland’s celebrated outlaw Rob Roy. You’ll also sail the waters of Loch Katrine on SS Sir Walter Scott, which has been sailing there since 1900.

The unique Falkirk Wheel

The world’s only rotating boat lift, this will take you from the waters at New Port Downie to the Union Canal 115ft above. 

Fascinating Scottish history

You’ll visit the mid-18th Century neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell.


  • Return flights from Stansted to Edinburgh (other airports available on request).
  • Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at The Winnock Hotel near Loch Lomond.
  • Journey on The Jacobite from Fort William to Mallaig with Carol Kirkwood.
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A session with Carol Kirkwood.
  • Journey on the SS Sir Walter Scott.
  • Ride on The Falkirk Wheel.
  • Visit to Inveraray Castle.
  • Rob Roy Loch Lomond Discovery Cruise.
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout.
  • Porterage.
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager.  


The dates: June 12-15, 2020. The price: £1,195pp.

Call 01334 441 308 quoting ref MAIL ON SUNDAY SCOTLAND. To find out more, visit

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Prices correct at time of going to press. Based on people sharing a twin/double room – single supplement of £120 applies. Flights from other airports and/or overnight accommodation before/after the tour available on request, at a supplement. Discount for no flights £100pp. Our travel partner, Brightwater Holidays, is ABTA-bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected. For full terms and conditions, go to   


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