Mallaig is a port village 42 miles
northwest of Fort William, 26 miles
northwest of Glenfinnan via the A830
The town is the main ferry port for a
5 mile crossing to Armadale on the south
side of the Isle of Skye. There are also
short Boat Tours for wildlife, and the
Trains that run through the mountains
and over large viaducts between Fort
William, Glenfinnan, and Mallaig
in summer. There is also a good silver
beach at Morar 3
miles south by the main road.
See also a large Click On Map for the area Top
The image top is from the hill just
southeast of the village with the communication
towers. The image second is of Mallaig centre
with small shops, cafes, and restaurants.
The West Highland Hotel is
the largest in the village, a short walk from
Cruises provide short wildlife cruises on
their boat, or on their fast RIB. This company
also provides a ferry service to remote parts
of Western Scotland and small Islands.
The Larger Ferries
run between Mallaig and Armadale on the south
side of the Isle of Skye. The crossing is 5
miles taking about 35 minutes. This has
remained a popular route to travel to Skye,
even though the Skye Bridge was
completed in 1995. The bridge crosses over to
the east side of Skye. Both routes from Fort
William to Potree on Skye are about the same
The Mallaig Heritage
Centre is situated next to the Train
Station. This gives information on how the
village evolved over the years through farming
and fishing The Centre also gives information
on old Mallaig ferries and lifeboats.
1840s - the village of Mallaig was founded
after Lord Lovat of North Morar Estate
encouraged some of his tenants to begin fishing
as a way of life.
1901 - the Train Station opened in Mallaig
leading the the village expanding with a larger
fishing fleet using the trains to transport the
fish around the UK.
The rail line aslo brought in tourists as
the trip up from Fort William was described as
one of the top rail journeys in Scotland.
A number of Steamers began operating out of
Mallaig at that time providing a ferry services
througout the Western Isles for locals and
Ferries still run from Mallaig to Armadale
on the Isle of Skye, Inverie in the remote area
of Knoydart, and
the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck, and
1960s - Mallaig was the busiest herring port
in Europe. The village is known for its
traditionally smoked kippers.
The area can be busy in summer with tourists
on trains, on the scenic drive on the good road
up through mountains, past Glenfinnan Monument
and huge Viaduct, past a scenic silver Beach at Morar
3 miles south, and traveling over to the Isle
of Skye by boat / ferry.