Visit the Road to the Isles in the Scottish Highlands to experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, including sandy beaches, Cuillin summits, green woodlands, heather moors, unforgettable sea views and sunsets over the Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rum, Canna and Skye, and the remote wilderness of the Knoydart peninsula.
Mallaig is a fascinating place to soak up the atmosphere of a working fishing port, once the busiest herring port in Europe, but at the same time its remote location makes is a great place to relax. Try the scenic Mallaig Circuit walk which has great views over Mallaig harbour and across Loch Nevis to Knoydart.
Mallaig is a great base to explore the surrounding area and is a great gateway to the Isle of Skye. Scheduled services connecting Mallaig with the island are operated by the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry and operated throughout the year.
The well known Jacobite steam train (featured in the Harry Potter movies) follows the famous Road to the Isles and operates in the summer months from Fort William to Mallaig.
There are two local supermarket shops (the Co-op and the Spar) as well as a bakery (The Bakehouse), cafes, restaurants and traditional fish and chip takeaways, along with an art gallery and craft shops. Mallaig Pool & Leisure offers a swimming pool, fitness suite, spa, sauna and solarium. Boat trips and wildlife cruises are available from Mallaig Marina.
Less than 3 miles from Mallaig is Morar, boasting the deepest fresh water loch in Europe, as well as ‘Morag’ the monster. Travelling past the rapids of the River Morar, Britain’s shortest river, you reach the Silver Sands of Morar and, further along the old road, the white beaches of Camusdarach where ‘Local Hero’ and ‘Highlander’ were filmed.
Arisaig is a small village which sits on the edge of Loch na Ceall, at the southern end of the Silver Sands of Morar. You can find The Prince’s Cairn here, marking the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie finally embarked for France on 20 September 1746 after evading the government forces that had been trying to capture him since Culloden.
The Land, Sea and Islands Centre in Arisaig contains artefacts on crofting and fishing, a rebuilt forge, wildlife exhibitions and information about wartime activities in the village, when Arisaig House and other buildings in this area were used by the SOE (Special Operations Executive) during the Second World War to train agents for missions in Occupied Europe.
Just north of the village can be found a string of secluded sandy bays, including Traigh beach and golf course.
For more information on what to do and see in the area visit Road to the Isles.