Links – local links you may find useful.
Here are some links you may find useful to your stay in the area
Cornerstone Seafood Restaurant, Mallaig
Fine seafood restaurant in Mallaig with great views over the harbour. The restaurant uses the freshest of local produce, with a daily specials board and also has fabulous meat options. All deserts are homemade.
Sea Kayak Highlands, Arisaig
“Sea Kayak Highlands” offers sea kayaks or Canadian canoes for hire by the half day, day, multi-day or week, suitable for extended trips as well as day paddles in some of the most beautiful paddling the world has to offer.
Fish Market Restaurant, Mallaig
The Fishmarket licensed Restaurant and Coffee Shop is situated in the centre of Mallaig. It overlooks the busy fishing harbour. We are conveniently located just yards from the ferry pier and Railway station.
Cafe Rhu, Arisaig
Cafe Rhu is a quaint and charming Gastro Cafe, lying within the heart of the beautiful village of Arisaig on the famous ‘Road to the Isles’. Here one can relax , throw off your city coat and enjoy some heart warming Highland ambiance and exquisite cuisine whilst overlooking the bay with its breathtaking wildlife, scenery and amazing sunsets.
Mallaig Heritage Centre
Information about the Heritage Centre in Mallaig, which showcases the history and culture of the area.
Jacobite Steam Train
Information about the Jacobite Steam Train (as featured in Harry Potter as the ‘Hogwarts Express’). The journey starts near the highest mountain in Britain (Ben Nevis), passes through Glenfinnan, visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station (Arisaig), passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain (Loch Morar) and arrives in Mallaig. The train leaves Fort William at 10:20am and returns to Fort William at 4:00pm with an hour and a half in Mallaig. It is a great way to spend the day!
Glenfinnan Station Museum
Glenfinnan Station Museum and West Highland Railway Centre. Glenfinnan Station Museum is situated in the famous and beautiful village of Glenfinnan on the Road to the Isles between Fort William and Mallaig. Towering above and behind, set in the mountain backdrop, stands the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct, initially famous as the largest concrete viaduct in this country but now internationally acclaimed as a key location in the Harry Potter Films.
Mallaig Swimming Pool
In a spectacular location overlooking the Sound of Sleat, the Small Isles and the Isle of Skye, the pool is open seven days a week, offering a wide range of facilities, whether you want to keep fit or just relax and enjoy yourself.
Traigh Golf Course
“Probably the most beautifully sited nine-hole golf course in the world…”(The Scotsman newspaper). 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. Traigh is a subtle golf course that rewards accurate shotmaking. Good players are made to work for their scores, and yet high handicappers are given every chance. In short, Traigh offers something for everyone.
The Old Forge, Knoydart
Listed as one of only 3 of “Scotland’s bloody good pubs by Peter Irvine “The Best Of Scotland 2007” and with no roads in or out, an 18 mile hike over munros or a 7 mile sea crossing, the pub is the remotest, on mainland Britain (aka Guinness book of records). The Old Forge in the village of Inverie, Knoydart, started out as a smiddy’s forge. Later, seeing better use as a workers social club where it grew up and became a pub. The Old Forge.
The Road to the Isles is an area rich in scenic beauty and offers many opportunities for exploring the landscape on foot. Here is our selection of walks you can take when visiting the region and an explanation of some Gaelic placenames. Information from the Road to the Isles website.
Walks in the Western Highlands and Skye. Information from the official walking site of Visit Scotland.
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking is a fully mobile provider of guided sea kayaking trips and sea kayaking instruction based near Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland.
Andy Race Fish Merchants
Based in the port of Mallaig in the Highlands of Scotland, Andy Race Fishmerchants is renowned for producing the very best Scottish peat smoked salmon, including organic smoked salmon, Mallaig kippers and a variety of high quality smoked fish and shellfish – all traditionally smoked with no resort to dyes.
The famous monument is the focal point of Glenfinnan, marking the point where the standard was raised to start the doomed 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Walking, cycling and loch cruises can also be enjoyed from the village.
Land, Sea and Islands Centre, Arisaig
The Land, Sea and Islands Visitor Centre opened in July 1999 on the site of a derelict smiddy in a stunning situation in the heart of Arisaig village. 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.
Bruce Watt – Western Isles – Knoydart & Inverie Ferry
Knoydart, tarbet & Mallaig Ferry Service. Join us for a day cruise or just take the morning or afternoon boat for a short sail. Frequent sightings of whales, porpoises and dolphins. We also have a crewed vessel available for hire.
Cruise to the islands of Eigg, Muck or Rum on Scotland’s west coast on board MV Sheerwater and enjoy the varied wildlife and spectacular views. The Sheerwater is skippered by Ronnie Dyer. With nearly 30 years’ experience in these waters, onboard our current vessel and her predecessors, Ronnie is well respected among local boat and wildlife operators. His wealth of knowledge about the bird and sea life around the Arisaig area has earned him a well-deserved reputation for finding whales!
Loch Shiel Cruises
Eagle-Watch Wildlife Cruises aboard the classic vessel M.V. Sileas. Accessible only by boat, the eighteen-mile length of Loch Shiel, once a sea-loch but reshaped by the retreating glaciers of the last Ice Age, contains a wide variety of wildlife amidst stunning mountain scenery where regular sightings of Golden Eagle are common.
The Isle of Eigg
We are working towards sustainability and providing good services to visitorswhilst retaining our local identity. Explore our website to learn more, then think about a visit one day to our beautiful, unspoiled Hebridean Island.
The Isle of Rum
Rum is one of Scotland’s finest National Nature Reserves. The island is a haven for a variety of birds and animals including sea eagles, deer, goats, otters, seals and many others.. Scottish National Heritage offer guided day walks in the summer, looking at the nature and wildlife of the island. Visitors are also welcome to follow the 2 simple nature trails laid out around the village of Kinloch.
Cruise to the islands of Eigg, Muck or Rum on Scotland’s west coast on board MV Sheerwater and enjoy the varied wildlife and spectacular views.
Website of Caledonian MacBrayne, who operate two ferries from Mallaig to Skye and the Inner Hebrides which include routes to Canna, Eigg, Rum, Muck, Uist and Barra. Online booking and timetable information.
The Grimsay Isle
Scenic sails along West Scottish Mainland or some of the Hebridean Islands including the beautiful Isle of Skye. Picnics onboard or ashore. View varied wildlife, which could include colonies of seals, dolphins, porpoise, whales, wild birds and wild goats. Mimic Castaway 2000 for a day, try catching and cooking your own food onboard or ashore. Fresh lobster, crab, prawn and many other shellfish and fish available at reasonable prices to take home with you. Special attractions: Jimmy the cat, Sammy the Seal and Samantha the Seagull.
Art na Mara
Website of Louise Manson, a London based artist from the Highlands of Scotland, whose moody acrylic paintings are inspired by her North West Coast background. Louise will also take on commissions.
The West Word
Community paper for Mallaig, Morar, Arisaig, Lochailort, Glenfinnan Glenuig, Knoydart and the Small Isles.