1100s - the Vikings took back control of the
Arisaig Area with their descendants such as
Clan MacDonald, Lords of the Isles, holding the
area for some time.
1400s - Scottish Kings began installing
Clans loyal to the King to keep the area and
Islands under control.
1720 - the earliest parts of the Arisaig
Hotel was built as a Coaching Inn.
The Village of Arisaig no doubt evolving at
that time through farm workers and fishing.
1746 - there was a Naval Battle off Arisaig
between British and French ships, as the French
were landing Gold to help fund the Jacobite
war. The Gold was taken inland to Loch Arkaig
to be hidden, where it is said to remain to
this day, with many people still looking for
it. The French ships escaped the Battle.
Soon after the failed last Jacobite Rising
of 1746, with the last Battle at Culloden by Inverness in April, many
of the people from the Arisaig area emigrated
to Canada, where they founded Arisaig in Nova
Scotia in 1785.
1746 September - Prince Charlie departed
Scotland for the last time from a spot 5 miles
southeast of Arisaig, now marked by the
next to the main road with a layby for parking
at Loch nan Uamh, easy to miss, as I have done
1820s - Ranald George Macdonald ran into
financial difficulties, leading to him selling
Lord Cranstoun took over the area, claimed
to be extremely cruel, leading to one of the
largest Clearances of people in the Highlands
to make way for large scale sheep farming and
deer hunting for the rich.
1863 - Arisaig House was built for Francis
Dukinfield Palmer Astley 2 miles southeast of
1901 - the Fort William to Mallaig Railway
was completed with the vast Glenfinnan Viaduct,
also with a Station at Arisaig. This line was
built as Malaig had become a top Sea Fishing
1935 - Arisaig House was severely damaged by
Fire, rebuilt soon after.
1940s - Arisaig House
was used for Special Operations Training during
World War Two, mainly to train Europeans to
work in Resistance against German forces
2009 - a memorial to Czechoslovak soldiers
that trained as Special Operation Executives
from 1943 to 1945 was erected in Arisaig.
2021 - Arisaig House was put up for sale for
over £2 million.