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Harry Potter Film Locations in Scotland

Calling all Harry Potter super fans! Discover the magic within Scotland…

Many areas of Scotland can be recognised in various Harry Potter films.

Jacobite Steam Train

The steam engine & carriages for the “Hogwarts Express” seen in the “Harry Potter” movies, including “The Philosopher’s Stone” and other titles in this amazing series of movies, were provided by West Coast Railways, owners of “The Jacobite.” There are certain carriages from “The Jacobite” movies that appear in “Harry Potter.”

Escape the city for a day and head to the Scottish Highlands. Follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard, Harry Potter, and hop aboard the Hogwarts Express on the Jacobite Steam Train.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct features in three of the Harry Potter films; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

You can ride over Glenfinnan Viaduct on the Jacobite Steam Train.

Rannoch Moor

In the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 movie, Death Eaters begin boarding the train at Rannoch Moor. To view the stunning moor from the train’s window, take the West Highland Line to Fort William.

Loch Shiel

All 8 Harry Potter films feature this Loch, which is frequently portrayed in the background of Hogwarts Express scenes. But you’re more likely to recognise it as the location of the Triwizard Tournament’s underwater stage in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

In the Harry Potter films, the Great Lake is portrayed by Loch Shiel and is known as the Black Lake.

This lake can also be overlooked when on The Jacobite steam train!

Steall Falls

The falls served as the backdrop for several Harry Potter movies. The waterfall and Glen Nevis provide a breathtaking setting for the movie, and was used as the backdrop where Harry battles the Hungarian Horntail dragon in the Goblet of Fire.

Glen Coe

Glen Coe scenes are scattered throughout the movies. However, it is mostly recognised and remembered for the scene where Hermoine punches Draco Malfoy.

The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, and The Half-Blood Prince all featured outdoor sequences that were filmed in majestic Glencoe.

Glen Coe is also where Hagrid’s hut was based, as well as being where the bridge that leads to Hogwart’s entrance. The Hut has now gone however, the scenery is still just as beautiful and nostalgic!

Eilean an Moine

Dumbledore’s Grave was located on this little island of Eilean na Moine.

The island is surrounded by Loch Eilt, which has served as both the backdrop for the Hogwarts bridge and the site of Hagrid’s Hut on several occasions.

In Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Voldemort steals the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s final resting place on the little island of Eilean na Moine.

You can drive a park closeby to the island and view from the mainland.

Loch Etive

Loch Etive is spotted in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows after Harry, Hermione and Ron steal the Horcrux from Gringotts Bank. As they escape on the dragon’s back they jump off as they fly over Loch Etive to return to land.

You can drive to Glen Etive and walk or cycle around these Scottish Highlands following Loch Etive.

Although the sets may not remain, the magic still seems to fill these locations…

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