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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

Highland Games

There are three Highland Games that take place each year on the Road to the Isles. There is one at Glenfinnan, one at Arisaig, and the combined Mallaig and Morar Games. Each is held at the same time each year so you can plan well ahead to be there to watch the colourful spectacle of highland dancing, field and track and ‘heavy’ events. The culmination of each games is the ‘tossing of the caber’,  not to be tackled by the faint hearted.

Highland Games

Glenfinnan Gathering - The annual Highland Games

The Glenfinnan Gathering or Glenfinnan Highland Games are one of the best in the Highlands. There isn't another place in Scotland that exceeds the lochside location surrounded by mountains and much of Scotland's history from 1745 onwards began here at Glenfinnan.

The Games are well organised. There is ample parking for the multitude of visitors, a beer tent serving a large variety of refreshments, and food available all day. This year the Games will be on 18 August 2018.

Glenfinnan is a pleasant 17 mile drive from Fort William and if you are visiting Lochaber on the day, we really do recommend these Games to you.

Arisaig Highland Games and Clan Ranald Gathering

The Arisaig Highland Games and Clan Ranald Gathering are held every year on the last Wednesday in July. 2017 sees the 82nd Arisaig Highland Games which will be held on Wednesday 25 July. The venue is the scenic location of Traigh Farm, Arisaig. What a treasure is Traigh! White sandy beaches looking out over the magnificent vista of the Atlantic ocean, and our protectors, the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum, Muck, and Canna. In these waters that we share with the fishes, there are whales, dolphins, and otters to be seen. Eagles soar, red deer roar, shearwaters fly, and herons stretch between water and sky.

The Games features a full list of traditional events including solo piping, throwing the hammer, tossing the caber, highland dancing, and a range of track and field events including children’s races. The heavy events are sponsored by the Road to the Isles Marketing Group.

Highland Games

The games begin with a ceremonial parade through the village itself, led by the Lochaber Schools Pipe Band. The focus then switches to Traigh with the Games officially opened by Ranald, 24th Captain of Clan Ranald. Around the arena there are a variety of side shows, exhibition tents, trade stalls and refreshment stands.
And to round it all off, the games finish with a traditional cèilidh dance in the village hall in the evening.

Mallaig & Morar Highland Games

Mallaig & Morar Highland Games are normally held on the first Sunday in August (5 August 2018) and are held at the Lovat Memorial Field, Morar. The events include Junior Highland Games, Piping, Solo Piping, Piobaireachd, March, Strathspey, Highland Dancing (various age groups), Light Field and Junior Athletics, International Relay Race, Heavy Events, lots of children's events.

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