Mallaig - village and port
Mallaig is on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands and is the port for the ferries to the Small Isles and Skye.
Several trains a day run on the scenic West Highland Railway to Fort William and Glasgow.
A Monday-Saturday bus runs to Fort William and a summer bus runs to Oban.
CalMac run most of the Scottish ferries, with more running in summer than winter.
From Mallaig they go to the Small Isles: Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna most days.
In summer several carferries a day run to Armadale on Skye, but in winter this service is reduced to two sailings a day, Monday to Friday for foot passengers only.
Mallaig is a small village, everything is within walking distance.
Bruce Watt Cruises run boats to Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula. Go there and back in a day, great views of the surrounding area from the boat.
Mallaig Heritage Centre located next to the train station tells the story of Mallaig and the surrounding area.
Mallaig has a few souvenir shops, two pubs, a tourist information centre and Spar and Co-op supermarkets. There is also a post office, chemist shop and ships chandlers.
In the middle of the village is the Fishmarket Restaurant serving fresh fish and some non-fish dishes. Very nice food. Alternatively, the Chlachain Inn does very nice food at reasonable prices. Their chips are great! Also, there are many other fish restaurants and other places to eat in the village.
There are many places to stay in Mallaig, though some are only open in the peak summer months.
- At the large end of the scale, there is the West Highland Hotel which is a descendant of the original Station Hotel that was built to coincide with the coming of the West Highland Railway in 1901.
- There are many B&B's at the cheaper end of the scale. One example is the family-run Springbank Guest House - a cheap and cheerful place just around the bay from the train station & ferry port.
- http://www.mallaigbackpackers.co.uk 13 GBP (dorm).
- See the pretty coastline between Arisaig and Morar, especially the Back of Keppoch. Both have trains from Mallaig.
- See Glenfinnan Viaduct close to the Road to the Isles - as seen in the Harry Potter films!