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=== Understand ===
 
=== Understand ===
  
Eigg is owned and cared for by the [http://www.isleofeigg.org/trust/ Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust] which was set up in 1997 by residents of Eigg and various other organisations.
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Eigg is owned and cared for by the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust [http://www.isleofeigg.org/trust/] which was set up in 1997 by residents of Eigg and various other organisations.
  
 
[[Image:Sgurr_of_Eigg.jpg|thumb|the Sgur of Eigg taken just before landing.]]
 
[[Image:Sgurr_of_Eigg.jpg|thumb|the Sgur of Eigg taken just before landing.]]
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There are two scheduled boat services that connect Eigg with the mainland:
 
There are two scheduled boat services that connect Eigg with the mainland:
  
* The [http://www.calmac.co.uk/ Caledonian MacBrayne] ferry MV Lochnevis sails to all four of the [[Small Isles]] from [[Mallaig]] throughout the year. It calls at Eigg once on Monday, twice on Wednesday, twice on Friday and once on Saturday during the winter; twice on Monday, once on Tuesday, twice on Thursday, once on Friday and twice on Saturday in the summer.  
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* The Caledonian MacBrayne [http://www.calmac.co.uk/] ferry MV Lochnevis sails to all four of the [[Small Isles]] from [[Mallaig]] throughout the year. It calls at Eigg once on Monday, twice on Wednesday, twice on Friday and once on Saturday during the winter; twice on Monday, once on Tuesday, twice on Thursday, once on Friday and twice on Saturday in the summer.  
* During the summer, [http://www.arisaig.co.uk/ Arisaig Marine] provide wildlife sightseeing cruises/ferry services from [[Arisaig]], about 10 miles south of Mallaig. Different islands are called at on different days, but the timetable generally allows access to the Small Isles on days when the CalMac ferry does not.
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* During the summer, Arisaig Marine [http://www.arisaig.co.uk/] provide wildlife sightseeing cruises/ferry services from [[Arisaig]], about 10 miles south of Mallaig. Different islands are called at on different days, but the timetable generally allows access to the Small Isles on days when the CalMac ferry does not.
  
 
===Train connections===
 
===Train connections===
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If not travelling to [[Mallaig]] or [[Arisaig]] by car, you can reach the ferries by scheduled ScotRail train service via the [[West Highland Railway]] (although note that the pier at [[Arisaig]] is not as close to the railway as the pier at [[Mallaig]]).  
 
If not travelling to [[Mallaig]] or [[Arisaig]] by car, you can reach the ferries by scheduled ScotRail train service via the [[West Highland Railway]] (although note that the pier at [[Arisaig]] is not as close to the railway as the pier at [[Mallaig]]).  
  
The famous [http://www.scotrail.co.uk/ ScotRail] 'Deerstalker' Caledonian Sleeper provides first class (single cabin) and standard class (double cabin) sleeper and reclining seat travel between [[Fort William]] and [[London]] Euston every night except Saturday. Local trains connect to Mallaig.
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The famous ScotRail [http://www.scotrail.co.uk/] 'Deerstalker' Caledonian Sleeper provides first class (single cabin) and standard class (double cabin) sleeper and reclining seat travel between [[Fort William]] and [[London]] Euston every night except Saturday. Local trains connect to Mallaig.
  
 
If travelling by day train, travelling '''to''' Eigg from anywhere further south than [[Fort William]] is only possible without an overnight stop in [[Mallaig]] on summer Saturdays, when the early morning train from [[Glasgow]] Queen Street station connects with the second CalMac sailing to Eigg.
 
If travelling by day train, travelling '''to''' Eigg from anywhere further south than [[Fort William]] is only possible without an overnight stop in [[Mallaig]] on summer Saturdays, when the early morning train from [[Glasgow]] Queen Street station connects with the second CalMac sailing to Eigg.

Revision as of 15:16, 4 November 2012

Eigg [1] lies 10 miles of the coast of Scotland amongst the Small Isles.

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Understand

Eigg is owned and cared for by the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust [2] which was set up in 1997 by residents of Eigg and various other organisations.

the Sgur of Eigg taken just before landing.

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Ferries

There are two scheduled boat services that connect Eigg with the mainland:

  • The Caledonian MacBrayne [3] ferry MV Lochnevis sails to all four of the Small Isles from Mallaig throughout the year. It calls at Eigg once on Monday, twice on Wednesday, twice on Friday and once on Saturday during the winter; twice on Monday, once on Tuesday, twice on Thursday, once on Friday and twice on Saturday in the summer.
  • During the summer, Arisaig Marine [4] provide wildlife sightseeing cruises/ferry services from Arisaig, about 10 miles south of Mallaig. Different islands are called at on different days, but the timetable generally allows access to the Small Isles on days when the CalMac ferry does not.

Train connections

If not travelling to Mallaig or Arisaig by car, you can reach the ferries by scheduled ScotRail train service via the West Highland Railway (although note that the pier at Arisaig is not as close to the railway as the pier at Mallaig).

The famous ScotRail [5] 'Deerstalker' Caledonian Sleeper provides first class (single cabin) and standard class (double cabin) sleeper and reclining seat travel between Fort William and London Euston every night except Saturday. Local trains connect to Mallaig.

If travelling by day train, travelling to Eigg from anywhere further south than Fort William is only possible without an overnight stop in Mallaig on summer Saturdays, when the early morning train from Glasgow Queen Street station connects with the second CalMac sailing to Eigg.

Travelling from Eigg to points beyond Fort William by day train is likewise only possible on summer Saturdays and Sundays, when the first CalMac sailing from Eigg connects with the train to Fort William and Glasgow Queen Street on Saturday and the Arisaig Marine ferry allows passengers adequate time to reach the station at Arisaig in order to catch the train to Fort William and Glasgow Queen Street on Sunday.

Get around

It's a small island, so it's easy to walk from end to the other.

Bicycle hire is available.

See

  • The Singing Sands and the beach at Laig Bay - near Cleadale, in the north of the island.
  • An Sgurr is a large crag in the southern end of the island - Eigg's highest point (393m).

Do

  • An Sgurr is as pleasant to climb as it is to see from afar. A trail from the ferry landing leads to the summit, with no climbing difficulties. Be even better prepared for cold and wet than you would be if you were only looking at the summit, not climbing it, and be careful of how much time you're taking, so that you can be back to the landing before the ferry sails back to Mallaig or Arisaig.
  • Massacre Cave is an historic site of some significance, a short-to-medium walk from the ferry landing.
  • The Anniversary Ceilidh, celebrating the community buyout of the island, occurs on the Saturday before the 12th of June every year [6].

Buy

A craft shop near the pier at Galmisdale sells locally produced goods as well as a range of books and souvenirs.

Eat & drink

There's a tearoom near the pier at Galmisdale.

Sleep

There are a number of guest houses, self catering cottages and bothys, plus a basic campsite by the bay near Galmisdale.

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