The Road to the Isles is a veritable paradise for walkers of all grades from the start of the ‘Road’ and the grandeur of Ben Nevis to the famous Local Heroes beach of Camusdarach at sea level. There are many walks which you can take by yourself in and around Mallaig, Morar and Arisaig. The Road to the Isles Marketing Group in conjunction with Angus MacIntyre, the local Ranger, has produced a booklet of 15 walks with maps, full route descriptions and printed in waterproof ink – just in case! These walks range from a gentle 20 minute stroll along the Silver Sands at Morar to a full day trek from Borrodale to Kinloid. The walks brochure is available throughout the area for a nominal charge. Ask at your local accommodation provider for a copy.
The Ranger service is available from May to September with guided walks in the vicinity of Arisaig. These walks are graded from ‘B’ to ‘D’, where ‘B’ is uneven paths/tracks at low level and ‘D’ is higher hills or longer walks requiring a decent level of fitness. The shortest walk is approximately 2.5 hours and the longest 6 hours. Contact Angus MacIntyre (Arisaig Ranger) on 01687 462983. Click here for full details.
The Knoydart Foundation Ranger Service offers guided walks which are designed to fit in between ferries so visitors can do this in a day trip from Mallaig. Please contact them in advance to check before making your journey - tel: 01687 462242. The Rangers are also available for tailor-made guided walks, wildlife walks and team-building events.
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Please note that as with many areas of the Highlands, weather conditions on the Road to the Isles can change very rapidly, even in summer, so please be advised to wear/carry suitable clothing and footwear for any walk. There is a wealth of enjoyment to be had and an abundance of memories to be stored on your camera. Remember that the majority of hills are in private ownership so please heed warnings of shooting seasons. Estate Managers are very approachable and can give advice on where it is safe to walk during the stag and hind shooting periods. Take care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code by leaving gates as you find them - either open or closed.