Harry Potter Railway Shortlisted for World’s Greatest Journey

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Apr 20, 2010

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The Telegraph reports that the 164-mile Scottish railway line from Glasgow to Mallaig has been placed on Lonely Planet’s shortlist for the world’s greatest journey. The railway line features heavily in the Harry Potter films, notably when the Hogwarts Express passes through the 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct.

The chief executive of VisitScotland, Philip Riddle, is quoted in the article, saying, “[the] railway’s spectacular scenery makes it extremely popular with visitors from around the world and the fact that it features so prominently in the Harry Potter films ensures a truly spellbinding experience for passengers.”

The winners of Lonely Planet’s inaugural awards will be decided in an online poll and announced this August.

You can read the full article here on The Telegraph’s website.





52 Responses to Harry Potter Railway Shortlisted for World’s Greatest Journey

Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: First COMMENT!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That's great! It is truly wonderful that Harry Potter is still around even after ten years....Avatar Imagegingerr_kat says: My life's goal is to go on that journey on that train...I think.Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: ..."spellbinding" ...good word choice, sir. :) wow. i so want to go on this line now. not to mention i would be in england if i was on that train. gahhh.Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: oops... SCOTLAND. not england...though still equally exciting :) and if i was as close to england as scotland...might as well mosey on over.... :DAvatar Imageda_member0808 says: That's awesome. Whenever I get over to Scotland I am definitely going to travel on that train. Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: sweet!!!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: It is beautiful scenery!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Such a beautiful and fantastic setting truly does deserve the recognition it has received.Avatar Imagepellegrinopixie says: It is a goal of mine to ride this train line and dress up as a Hogwarts student. I'm sure I won't be the first and I hope I won't be the last eitherAvatar Imagebeallgood01 says: Just one more reason for me to take the jump across the pond. I do love trains.Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: wow! That's great! Whenever I get the chance to go to Scotland I'll make sure to chech out the 164-mile Scottish railway from Glasgow to Mallaid!!! Plus, I've always wanted to see Glasgow: because I'm a physician (Glasgow Coma Scale) and too many Abba songs growing up (Super Trouper)!!!Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: I beg a pardon: Mallaig. And I'm closer to making that trip, just got my passaport! But I did that so I could go to Harry's theme park on the U.S. Anyway, but one step closer!!!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: one dayAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: That's so cool! Whenever I make my trip to finally go overseas then I must put this on my to-do list so I can ride the train! Avatar ImageRosie016 says: Sounds like a great trip to take, maybe someday...........Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: That be so cool to take that trip. Avatar Imagewilliam 93 says: What a great train journey that would be!! Across the beautiful Scottish counrtyside, truly wonderfull!Avatar ImageJessSnape says: One day, I will go on that route to Hogwarts!! ONE DAY!!Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: Oh imagine if you were sitting on the train going to Hogwarts for the first time. It would be so exciting. From what the films show the scenery really is spellbinding. I hope it wins!Avatar ImageFifi says: Cool though I didn't know there was such a category...right now it seems there is a category for anything!:PAvatar Imagensa says: thats great!!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: i have always wanted to go on that HOgwarts express.Avatar ImageFilmGirl27 says: That would be so fun. :) Oh, if only if only. I wonder if the inside of the train actually looks like it does in the films? Ever since PoA, I've always wanted to get into one of those little rooms and chat, pretending I'm going to Hogwarts. :D Haha!Avatar ImageDespina says: I've been there! And while I was walking right under the viaduct, a red steam train arrived! I tried to take a picture of the train but my camera batteries were flat, and I couldn't even switch it on. When I finally managed to replace the batteries, the train had already gone... I remember people waving at me from the train, they were leaning out of the windows, it was a beautiful sunny day! I took wonderful pictures of the viaduct - no train, though, which is a shame!Avatar Imagehrhgnl says: I hope I will be able to go on the train within the next year!Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I'd LOVE to make the trip and ride on that train. It would be so amazing!!!Avatar Imageelsabetharia says: I love that the guy in charge is named Riddle! :)Avatar ImageWeetzie says: I'll definitely take this trip one day. I one time took the train from the train station they used in the first film. That was pretty cool!Avatar ImageEmmaline10248 says: cool one place i want to go when i go over there some dayAvatar Imagehewy says: Would love to take that ride! Don't know when or if will be able get across the pond again. Sigh................Avatar ImageRoseann says: I would love to travel on that train especially if they had snack trolleys that had alot of HP snacks. LOL RoarAvatar Imagegirlatty1 says: We all want to take that train trip! Way cool!Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: SQUEEE!!!! i want to dress up like a Hogwarts student, grab a few friends, get a trunk and a realistic owl (fake of course) and get on there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageRavenclawGirl13 says: I am slytherin-green w/ envy! I want to go on that train in the near future!Avatar ImageRavenclawGirl13 says: Totally cool!Avatar ImageDDWatson says: of course its the world's greatest journey!:D ;)Avatar ImageSmitch says: Hermoine Elizabeth, I concur! Avatar ImageLittle Light says: I wanna ride the train! And pretend I'm on my way to Hogwarts. =DAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: This sounds amazing - let's all go!Avatar ImageHBPFan says: I'd love to make that journey by train!! It would be spell-binding!! :DAvatar ImageHelenaHogwarts says: This is the day for staying in my country.LOL. Rule Britania with harry Potter trains.Avatar Imagetjerriam says: whooaaahh..,.,that's cool very coøl and awesome.,.,.,.,.,.,,.Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: wish i could ride it Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: Last summer i rode on the back of my boyfriends motorbike to mallaig its a beautiful tiny fishing port, the road took in some of the very recognisable scenery from the films and it truly was beautiful however i must say... I refuse to pay so much money to do it by train even though the Hogwarts Express would be damn cool.Avatar ImageAsria says: Oooh.. must go there one day! Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: awesome. i wanna go on the trainAvatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: its rightly nominated..i mean the location of that track is pictursque..i just love them in the movies.."spellbinding"...!! Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Awesome! I will definately be riding this railway when I finally make it to Scotland!!!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: wowAvatar Imageyankinmadrid says: My daughter (12) and I took this trip last summer after hiking 7 days up the West Highland Way. We took the regular train (ScotRail) from Fort William to Mallaig, which goes over the Glenfinnan viaduct. That train was FAR less expensive, more comfortable and more frequent. When going north, sit on the left side because the loch is to the west (right side going south when returning). When going over the viaduct and looking west, you can truly imagine Hogwarts in the landscape. We had previously been on several steam engine trains while living in Leeds in 2003. That Halloween, we took part in a Wizarding Weekend in the North Yorkshire Moors where we stayed in Goathland (the original Hogsmead from the 1st film). The historic steam engine railway goes up and down the moors. They were fun, but going in one over the viaduct would not have made it more beautiful. If you go to England/Scotland, I highly recommend Alnwick Castle (pronounced Awnick) in Northumberland (NE England) where the first film was made. Standing in the area where the Quidditch class was filmed was amazing.Avatar ImageButterMeer says: Yes, maybe one day...not anytime soon, no doubt..

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