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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 | 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

The RNLI Coastguard


RNLI Mallaig lifeboat, picture courtesy of RNLI. For further information go to RNLI.org.uk

The lifeboat is located in Mallaig, a working port on the west coast of Scotland. The lifeboat station has operated an all weather lifeboat for nearly 60 years and the crews have been presented with five awards for gallantry. In 2013, the Mallaig lifeboat was launched 40 times, rescuing 37 people.

The Severn class lifeboat was introduced in 1995 and shares the same hull shape as the Trent class. It carries a powered Y boat that can be launched and recovered by a lightweight crane to enable rescues close to shore. Its propellers are protected so it can be grounded without damage.

Contact Mallaig, Mallaig Harbour, Mallaig PH41 4QD. Tel: 01687 462579 / 01687 462579
Mallaig Lifeboat Fundraisers on Facebook

Visitor Contact, Mr. Alexander (Mo) Mathieson, Tel: 07802 155231

Station Opening Times, 9am - 5pm daily.

Shop, Easter - Christmas 11am - 3pm Mon - Sat Open Sun during Summer Tel: 01687 462573 and 01687 462573.


The UK government assumes responsibility for civilian maritime Search and Rescue, and delegate this responsibility to Her Majesty’s Coastguard – part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Her Majesty’s Coastguard coordinate maritime search and rescue within the UK Search and Rescue region, and have a variety of resources they can task to emergency situations – either people in distress at sea, or emergencies on the coast or shoreline. HM Coastguard also has their own volunteer service, the Coastguard Rescue Service, who are teams of volunteers who can respond to land based emergencies such as cliff and mud rescues or searches for missing people.

19 Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs) form a network of command and control centres for responding to reports of maritime and coastal distress. Watch keeping staff in these centres provide a 24 hour service to mariners and coastal users by receiving incoming distress calls and sending resources to their rescue. These calls could come in via the monitoring of emergency radio frequencies, or by 999 calls, as the Coastguard are a recognised 999 emergency service.

The UK Search and Rescue region covers some 1.25 million square nautical miles of sea and over 10.5 thousand nautical miles of coastline.

HM Coastguard can call upon a wide variety of resources – known as declared assets – when coordinating Search and Rescue. Search and Rescue facilities we can call on includes:

Our own Coastguard Rescue Teams who form a volunteer service of 3500 members in 362 teams strategically placed around the coast.

  • Search and Rescue helicopters under contract to the MCA.
  • Lifeboats operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), along with other nominated inshore rescue services.
  • Search and Rescue helicopters operated by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
  • Chemical incident response for vessels at sea
  • Nominated beach lifeguard units
  • Police, Fire and Ambulance Services
  • Mountain and Cave Rescue Teams
RNLISikorsky S92 helicopter

Picture Courtesy of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. For more information on this vital service go to, www.dft.gov.uk/mca.


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