Following the Road to the Isles, you follow some of the most picturesque scenery in Scotland. The Jacobite steam train (made famous by the Harry Potter movies) operates in the summer from Fort William to Mallaig on the famously scenic West Highland Line. A regular train service runs all year.
Mallaig Marina –Mallaig is one of the most picturesque villages on the rugged North West coastline of Scotland. The area is a haven for sailors of all types due to the sheltered waters, stunning Highland scenery and facilities.
The brand new marina facilities in Mallaig comprise a secure pontoon fit for 50 vessels with walk-on access to the shore. The marina provides fresh water, electricity and Wi-Fi on site. As Mallaig is a working port, there are also complete servicing facilities including a slipway, boat builders and marine engineers available as well as an extensive ship chandlers.
A forthcoming shower and changing complex, linked by a path from the pontoon facilities, will be completed and operational from May 2015.
Mallaig is the ideal base from which to explore Scotlands stunning isles. Nearbye are the ports of Skye, Rum, Eigg, Muck, Knoydart and Canna. Visitors to our marina also follow the Whisky Trail and use our marina as a base from which to discover the fantastic village of Mallaig and the local tourist attractions. Click Here
Selkie Explorer – Sail on the fantastic high-latitude yacht Selkie and enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the West Coast of Scotland.
In winter sail, walk, or climb on the remote islands, glens and peaks of Eigg, Rum, Skye and Knoydart and beyond.
In Spring inspire and revitalise yourself on our well-being, wild yoga sailing retreats around the Small Isles.
In Summer sail to and explore St Kilda, the other remote Scottish Islands.
All year round, join us for a day’s sailing from the Isle of Eigg, Mallaig, and other Lochaber locations.
Ask about a bespoke trip.
On Selkie Explorer sailing holidays and trips we welcome you to take the helm, help hoist the sails or just sit back and relax, enjoy good, locally sourced food and the hospitality of our Isle of Eigg crew.
MV Western Isles click here offers wildlife cruises from Mallaig, as well as a regular ferry service to Inverie and Loch Nevis (Knoydart). These boat trips offer you the chance to see spectacular scenery only accessible by foot and by sea. This 64-feet traditional wooden vessel with an 81 passenger capacity has been fully refurbished to include a fully licensed bar, toilets and a fully leather seated top cabin.
Enjoy a day out on a Caledonian MacBrayne click here ferry from Mallaig to Armadale (Skye) or the Small Isles (Canna, Eigg, Muck and Rum). There is a free car park near the ferry terminal, next to the community centre.
Grasp the chance to cruise with Ronnie on the MV Sheerwater from Arisaig Marine and see a mixture of wildlife and spectacular scenery. click here
Minch Adventures click here is a new charter boat concierge service; experience the Knoydart Peninsula, Skye and the Small Isles aboard their vessel Reel One. Making it personal, leading the way. they deliver highly professional, individualised private charters for groups of up to 8 seeking challenging outdoor activities and families who want a nature-rich experience of ‘Britain’s last wilderness’.
Ewan MacDonald organises fishing, charters and boat trips on Loch Morar. He can pick you up and drop you off at many otherwise inaccessible points – ideal for walkers. Phone 01687 462520.
For fishing on Loch Morar, phone 01687 462388 for permits and boat hire.
Jacobite Steam Train
Mallaig station is the terminus for the Jacobite Steam Train click here which operates during the summer to/from Fort William. Recognised as one of the great railway journeys of the world, the West Highland Line passes through beautiful scenery.
The Church of St Mary and St Finnan in Glenfinnan is situated at the head of Loch Shiel. Designed by Edward Welby Pugin in the ‘late Early English’ style, it was formally dedicated on 19 August 1873.
Its beauty is enhanced by the use of a variety of stone – blue native granite marbled with quartz for the ashlar work, cream granite for the buttresses, and light pink Elgin freestone for the edging of the doors and windows.Glenfinnan Church
Still in use today by its Catholic congregation, the church is undergoing a process of restoration for which donations are welcome in person or online.
The Land Sea and Island Centre
The Land, Sea and Islands Visitor Centre click here opened in 1999 on the site of a derelict smiddy in a stunning situation in the heart of Arisaig village. It is situated in the heart of Arisaig, next to the swing park. A community project, it houses an exhibition that celebrates the social and natural history of the area old and new with photographic displays and artifacts. Crofting, fishing, church history and marine life, the SOE and the films made here – ‘Local Hero’ being one of the most famous – are amongst the contents. The old forge has been renovated and forms a focal part of the display.
Arisaig golf course
Traigh Golf Course click here is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the
West Highlands of Scotland, just north of Arisaig.
The word Traigh (pronounced ‘try’) means ‘beach’ in Gaelic, and a series of sandy beaches run alongside the course, with stunning views to the Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum, and the Cuillins of Skye.
The course is based on a line of grassy hills, with the springy turf of a true links course. It is a nine hole course, par 68, SSS 65.
Maintained to the highest standard, Traigh presents the golfer with all the traditional challenges of a classic seaside links.
The Scotsman Newspaper, “Probably the most beautifully sited nine-hole golf course in the world…”
This hidden gem offers lovely walks through the gardens of Làrach Mòr on the Arisaig Estate, just 1 km outside Arisaig village. Set in the grounds of Glen House, this 28-acre woodland garden was planted by John Augustus Holms to display a fine collection of rhododendrons, as well as exotic trees and shrubs. Free admission. Open daily during daylight hours. Click here for route details and parking.
“The West Coast’s Best Kept Secret” On Loch Morar the waters are some of the deepest in the world with Arctic Char living in the depths stranded there
from the last ice age
Here are some facts that you might not know…have you heard of Morag the Monster or maybe you have seen her too?
Geology – The deepest body of freshwater in the UK.
Fishing – Great for angler fishing.
Walks – Offers a large selection of fine walks.
Wildlife – Red Deer, Sea Eagles, Otters…and much more!
To find out more about Scotland’s answer to paradise, visit www.lochmorar.org.uk
Mallaig and District Swimming Pool
Mallaig Pool click here is an excellent facility; offering a pool, luxury sauna, spa, a fully equipped gym, social room, pool table and a spacious classroom for fitness sessions. The pool also has good wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.
This Swimming Pool is open seven days a week, 361 days of the year.
Mallaig Heritage Centre
From Norse and Pictish ancient history to the Jacobite Rebellion, and from the herring boom to the Victorian railway line, visitors can explore the heritage of Mallaig and West Lochaber. Once Europe’s busiest herring port, Mallaig is still a major fishing centre and transport hub with regular ferry and rail services. The Mallaig Heritage Centre click here features exhibitions and archives covering the whole area, as well as a shop.
The great outdoors are all yours to explore throughout the gorgeous scenery of the west coast of Scotland. Whether you are interested in hiking, cycling, fishing or wildlife spotting, there’s plenty to see and do.
There are many local walks which you can take by yourself. From Glenfinnan station and museum you can enjoy signposted woodland walks and the Viaduct Trail.
Guided walks are available with the Sound of Arisaig local Ranger Angus MacIntyre (tel: 01687 462983) from May – September. Click here for online calendar.
The Wild Lochaber festival is held annually in May with a full programe of events including boat trips, wildlife safaris, forest walks and much more.
Cycle hire is available from West Coast Cycles (Mobile 07769901823). The bikes can be collected at the Arisaig Hotel or the Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre.
Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre offers sea kayaks, sit on top kayaks and Canadian canoes for hire by the day or week. Tuition, coaching and guiding available. Telephone 07858 214 985.
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking offers trips and instruction around the Fort William and Lochaber area. Sea kayaking is available for half-day, full day and multi-day trips with fully qualified guides and instructors. Contact Stewart Hood (Tel: 07739 837 344)
Plenty of activities are on offer at the Snowgoose Mountain Centre (at Corpach, near Fort William) including canoeing, kayaking, dingy sailing, mountain biking, hill walking and snowsports, plus mountain skills courses.
Based in Moidart (Ardnamurchan), Wildwood Bushcraft offer a wide variety of bushcraft, navigation and survival skills courses, some of which can involve canoeing or sea kayaking, in various parts of Scotland including including Loch Shiel, Glen Nevis and Moidart. Established in 2005, Wildwood Bushcraft provides inspiring courses that combine survival skills, ecology, wildlife study and adventure. Their aim is to teach responsible, sustainable use of the natural environment, based on a firm ecological understanding.
SkyeWalk.co.uk is a useful web site outlining walks you can take throughout the Isle of Skye.
WestWheels is a car club for the Mallaig, Morar, Arisaig, Knoydart and Small Isles area. The aim is to give people the convenience and flexibility of having access to a car whenever they need one without the expense of owning a car.Glenfinnan
Ben Nevis Distillery
The Ben Nevis Distillery click here Visitor Centre in Fort William marks the beginning of the ‘Road to the Isles’. Discover the secrets of the whisky making process and enjoy the unique sensation of the Dew of Ben Nevis. Visit the Ben Nevis Distillery web site.
The Caledonian Canal, Fort William
The Caledonian Canal is an outstanding feature in the landscape of the Fort William area, and the Great Glen. It is a natural geological fault line stretching from Fort William to the South West and the North East. It was constructed by the famous Thomas Telford.
The Canal is open to many vessels that enter both from Loch Linnhe and the Atlantic Ocean. It makes passage through the Great Glen Canal lock systems and natural water lochs including the legendry Loch Ness, Inverness and North Sea.
So, for an interesting day out, why not take the opportunity to enjoy the canal by marvelling at the views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain and the Grey Corries. Or perhaps, you might fancy watching ships as they navigate the loch gates at Corpach Basin, Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie and Gairlochy near Spean Bridge for a great day out in Lochaber with a difference.
Treasures of the Earth is in the village of Corpach, 4 miles from Fort William on the A830 “Road to the Isles” in the west Highlands of Scotlan. Treasures of the Earth, boasts Europe’s finest private collection of Crystals, Gemstones and Fossils in atmospheric caves.
The Glenfinnan Monument is situated at the head of Loch Shiel. It was erected to show where ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ raised his standard at the beginning of the Jacobite Rising in 1745. When the political climate in the Highlands was more “amicable” it was erected in 1815, you can actually walk up the Monument, and awe at the beautiful scenery in an atmospheric location – just make sure to have your rain coat and perhaps, a midge net.
Across the road from the monument is a Visitor Centre with exhibitions, gift shop, snack bar and car park – all run by the National Trust for Scotland.
Glenfinnan Viaduct This 21-arch single track viaduct was one of the largest engineering undertakings using concrete (without reinforcing it) built by Sir Robert McAlpine. Glenfinnan Viaduct was formed as part of the Mallaig Extension of the West Highland Railway which was constructed between 1897 and 1901
According to an old local tale, a cart horse and driver fell into one of the piers while dumping his material during construction. However, recent research has shown that the accident happened at Loch Nan Uamh Viduct, further North on the Road To The Isles road (around 3 miles North of Lochailort).