Mallaig, Scotland

(Above image is a capture of Mallaig Harbour.)

Mallaig is a a busy fishing and ferry port situated on the west coast of Scotland, opposite the southern tip of the Isle of Skye. Location is about 43 miles WNW of Fort William.

The name Mallaig has its origins in Old Norse and translates as ‘seagull bay’. The town has a population of about 1000 and sits at the end of a one-way road and rail link to Fort William, some 43 miles (69 km) away. To travel beyond Mallaig entails use of an extensive ferry service.  Many thousands of visitors pass through Mallaig as a consequence of travelling to/from Armadale on the Isle of Skye or arriving via the Jacobite Express Steam Train from Fort William which is unofficially known as the ‘Harry Potter Train’. The ferry journey from Mallaig to Armadale takes about thirty minutes.

Sunset over Isle of Skye from Mallaig.


More information on Mallaig

The core industries are fishing and tourism. The underlying fishing industry has a long heritage but focuses today is on prawns and shellfish. Here is a summary listing of key attractions and activities:
→Mallaig Heritage Centre: Displays and exhibits covering the history of the area which includes nearby Morar, Knoydart and Arisaig.
→Harbour: Colourful and active with a fleet of fishing boats, boat repairing and the regular ferry services.

→Sea Fishing: Customised trips are available from Mallaig.
→Marine Wildlife: Customised boat tours to view seals, puffins and dolphins.
→Ferry services: From  Mallaig services operate to/from the Small Isles (Eigg, Muck and Rum), Knoydart, and Armadale on Skye.

Knoydart Peninsula taken from Mallaig-Armadale ferry.

Ferry operating from Mallaig

→Jacobite Express Steam Train: A regular service in the summer to/from Fort William. This is very popular with ‘Harry Potter’ enthusiasts.

→Food and Lodgings: There is a wide range of lodgings ( B&Bs, Guest Houses and Hotels) and eateries including specialist seafood restaurants.

© Nigel P Cole/Catswhiskerstours Limited


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