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Glenfinnan | The world-renowned story of Bonnie Prince Charlie 's fight for the British throne gathered momentum at Glenfinnan where he raised the Jacobite standard and rallied his clansmen for battle.
Mallaig | At the end of the ‘Romantic Road to the Isles’ and the West Highland Railway Line lies Mallaig, just over an hour from Fort William. To go further afield, board one of the ferries either to Skye or to the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna.
Morar | As the Atlantic Ocean rolls in past the Small Isles, its azure shallows tumble on to sparkling white beaches which have long lured photographers and film-makers – none more so than the stretches from Traigh Beach to the silver sands of Morar where 'Local Hero' and 'Highlander' were filmed.
Arisaig | This is the area where the renowned west coast sunset can be enjoyed at its best. There can be no more magical sight than the sun as it disappears behind the islands in a riot of pink, red and purple, setting the mountains of Rum and Skye ablaze with colour.
Lochailort | Loch Ailort cuts its way in from the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The loch, with its clean and sheltered waters was where Scottish fish farming was pioneered. Just a mile further north at Polnish the road passes the old white church which was used in the film 'Local Hero'.
The Small Isles | Unlike many groups each island is distinct and different in geography, agronomy, population and ownership. From Muck in the south, through Eigg with its tooth-like Sgurr, and Rum, mountainous and mysterious in the clouds, to Canna in the north, the Islands offer a wonderful variety of scenery, wildlife and lifestyle.
Knoydart | Known as the last wilderness in Great Britain, the Knoydart peninsula is only accessible by boat from Mallaig or by a 20 mile hike on foot. A wonderful area for walking and camping, this is truly a miles-from-anywhere, get-away-from-it-all place. The Old Forge has the accolade of being the most remote pub in mainland Britain

About the Area

Visitor Attractions

Following the Road to the Isles, the Jacobite steam train (made famous by the Harry Potter movies) operates in the summer from Fort William to Mallaig on the famously scenic West Highland Line. A regular train service runs all year.

Make sure you stop at Glenfinnan Station where you can visit the Museum, have a meal in one of the old dining cars or even stay overnight in a restored carriage! All amidst spectacular scenery which you can enjoy by exploring woodland walks and the Viaduct Trail.

Also not to be missed at Glenfinnan is the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Uprising of 1745-46. The National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre tells you all about this famous episode in Scottish history.

Visitor attractions in Mallaig include the Mallaig Heritage Centre and swimming pool with fitness suite, spa, sauna and solarium.

And while you are in Mallaig, don't forget to pop into Andy Race's fish shop and see some of the catch from the local fishing fleet.

The Road to the Isles Marketing Group liaises with the VIC (Visitor Information Centre) in Mallaig. Details of all members are available here and help can be provided to arrange last minute accommodation bookings. It is also a coffee shop and offers a wide range of souvenirs, etc.

At Arisaig, don't miss the award-winning Land, Sea and Islands Centre. Displays include information about local crofting, fishing, church history, marine life, nature, archaeology, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and those who trained in the area for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II. A small shop sells crafts, cards, books, photographs and prints. Local tourist information is also available. WiFi access is available. This centre is run on a voluntary basis. Free admission (donations welcome). Summer 2014 opening times are Monday to Friday: 10am - 6pm; Saturday: 10am - 4pm; Sunday: 2pm - 5pm. Reduced opening times in the winter months. Telephone 01687 450771.

Boat trips are available to Knoydart, Skye and the Small Isles, and you can also cruise on Loch Shiel. Visit our See and Do page for more information.

Photos & Arts & Crafts

Mallaig Art Gallery is situated in Station Road, Mallaig. It offers a wide selection of Original and Limited Edition Prints by Scottish Artists - Andrew Fairbairn (our own local artist), Pam Carter, Stuart Herd, A.J. Barber, Dronma, Duncan MacGregor, Philip Raskins, JoLoMo, Caroline Cooke and many more. Also on sale are jewellery and gifts from individual crafts people - Jewellery by Tartan Twist, Alexis Dove and Angela Learoyd, Glass from Allister Malcolm and Pottery from St. Andrews.

Ginger is Anna Skea's knitwear shop in Mallaig where you can buy individual hand-made clothing, as well as a range of exquisite soaps, cushions and jewellery.

Local Specialities

Fresh fish, seafood and the famous Mallaig kippers are available in many local hotels, restaurants and in the fish shops.
At Mallaig harbour, Fish Merchant Andy Race has a shop and also offers a mail order service selling a variety of freshly caught seafood.
Ardshealach Smokehouse and Fine Foods is a small family business in Glenuig. The shop sells a range of smoked produce such as fish, meats and cheese, including Scottish salmon from small independent farms which are committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly farming. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Tel: 01687 470266. Mail order service available.

For something a little different while you're on holiday, why not order an authentic Thai take-away meal from Sunset in the village of Morar? Place your order at any time and your meal will be ready for collection between 5pm and 10.30pm everyday except Mondays (phone 01687 462259). This can be particularly handy if you are self catering in the area and don't want to cook for yourselves.

Details of restaurants, tearooms, cafes and hotels in the area are listed on the Eating Out page.

Events

There are lots of local events in our region - click here for a calendar with details of this year's Highland Games, festivals and agricultural shows. Look out for posters and ask at the local tourist offices to see what other special activities are happening when you visit the region.

Whenever and however you visit the Road to the Isles, you are assured of a warm welcome and an unforgettable holiday amidst spectacular scenery.

 

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