MALLAIG & SURROUNDING AREA
The last 40 miles of your journey to Mallaig will take you down the road to the isles, past some of the most spectacular scenery Scotland has to offer.
By train, you’ll have prime photo opportunities of Glenfinnan, from the wide windows of the Scotrail service.
By car, you’ll be able to stop off at the many scenic villages of historic significance.
Most of the scenery you'll drive through has been featured in the Harry Potter films, most notably the famous Glenfinnan viaduct.
WHAT TO DO IN MALLAIG
Mallaig Leisure Centre
Boasts a well equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, spa and sun beds – it is also very child friendly. All facilities can be tailored to your individual needs.
You’ll find a wealth of information at the Mallaig Heritage Centre, with film shows, pictures & stories from the original inhabitants of Mallaig – all of whose descendants make up the majority of today’s Mallaig residents.
The end of the train line at Mallaig houses the original station, and in the summer months from May to mid-October, we see the daily arrival and departure of the wonderful Jacobite Steam Train. The backdrop as it puffs its way through the unceasingly dramatic scenery is a sight to behold. She definitely is at home here. The train has been seen by millions of children and adults world wide as the ‘Harry Potter Hogwarts Express’. This is a must to do by all visitors.
Without leaving the village, you can enjoy the circular walk – which as the name suggests, takes you up into the hills and back again. There are other local walks including Loch An Nostarie - you’ll hardly see another soul, and at the end the most spectacular Loch. Take a picnic and enjoy an exhilarating day out.
Two well-stocked food shops, a pharmacy and several craft & clothing stores ensures that you’ll be able to satisfy all your requirements, be it for your own use or for gifts to take home.
Take a boat trip out from Mallaig harbour and view the fantastic Minke whales, which are often in the area during the summer months. There is also a good chance that you'll see dolphins, basking sharks and lots of seals. You might even be lucky to see the killer whales!
Morar is a small scenic village situated 3 miles before Mallaig, nestled between Loch Morar and the sea. Morar is also the base of our local newspaper 'The West Word’ .
Morar offers some of the best white sand beaches in the UK if not the world. They have featured in many films including Local Hero, filmed partly at Camus Darach beach nearby.
Loch Morar is one of the deepest Lochs in Europe, and boasts fine fishing and breathtaking mountain scenery. It also has its own monster, ‘Morag’, which we believe is a cousin to the famous ‘Nessie’!
Boats can be hired locally, and fishing permits purchased at the Loch or in selected local shops and hotels.
You can set off on two excellent walks from the loch:
This is an eight-mile walk following the loch and over to Tarbet on Loch Nevis, from where you can catch the boat back to Mallaig. Many rare birds can be seen on this walk, including eagles!
This is a six mile walk over the hills to Loch Nevis and back.
Between Morar and Arisaig, and overlooking the Isle of Skye, you will find Traigh Golf Course, one of the best 9-hole links courses in the country.
Arisaig village has a beautiful natural bay and yacht marina, making it an attraction for yachting enthusiasts. Here, you will also find the Land and Sea Island Centre, which has information regarding the SOE based in Arisaig during the war.
SKYE – EIGG - RUM - CANNA & MUCK
With frequent car and CalMac ferry services to these islands, Mallaig is an excellent location to base yourself. Take a day trip and discover the astonishing beauty of each island.
THE OUTER HEBRIDES
Looking for an adventure? You're looking in the right place. Mallaig is home to one of the few ports in Scotland from which you can visit the Outer Hebrides islands by ferry! With views that will take your breath away, this is a must-do in Mallaig.