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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

Sailing Along the Road to the Isles

Once round Ardnamurchan, the sound of Sleat offers two safe havens for yachts exploring the Hebrides or on a passage to the North West.

Arisaig in Loch Nan Ceall

Arisaig offers shelter in all conditions. The commonly used sailing directions which describe the entrance to Arisaig as “challenging” are now out of date.
The entrance to Arisaig is marked by a 3 metre square white mark visible from many miles away.  The channel into Loch Nan Ceall is clearly marked with port and starboard perches.  Access for shallow draft yachts is at all states of the tide but for those with deeper draft it is advisable to wait for 2 hours either side of low water at springs.

Arisaig Marine (Tel: 01687 450224 or VHF16 or 80) provides permanent and visitor moorings, with a pontoon for short stay changeovers or taking on water.  Diesel is available at the stone pier or by arrangement with Arisaig Marine.  It has shower and toilet facilities and a laundrette.

Boat lift, and storage ashore for 70 boats, as well as marine engineering and boat repairs, are available.

Arisaig village has a Spar shop, Post Office, restaurants and 2 hotels within easy reach.  The Mallaig Medical practice has a surgery in Arisaig. There are train and bus services to Mallaig and Fort William.

Mallaig Harbour Yacht Pontoons and swinging moorings

Mallaig Harbour Authority (VHF 16, 9) has a new marina with 50 pontoon berths and 14 swinging moorings available to visiting yachts; there is also a pick up and drop off point. Harbour Master (Tel: 01687 462154).

Entry into Mallaig Harbour is straightforward, and the generous spacing of the pontoons allows easy access.

Mallaig harbour is a ferry port, and port entry control lights should be followed.  All vessels will listen on Channel 16 entering harbour,  working channel 9.  Three vertical red lights will be exhibited whilst ferry is entering or leaving harbour.  All other ship traffic must not proceed except with permission of the Harbour Master.  Mariners are reminded that the main channel for entry and exit is the North channel. South channel now closed.

The pontoon berths have water and electricity, and fuel is available by arrangement with Johnston Brothers (Tel:01687 462215)

The harbour has a busy commercial boatyard with engineering and repair facilities. There is also a smaller boatyard whose main expertise is in the build and repair of wooden boats. Between them they can provide all services.

Mallaig village has a Visitor Information Centre, restaurants, 3 hotels, Post Office, Banks, a Pharmacy, and a Medical practice. It is convenient for provisioning with butcher, fishmongers, and Spar and Coop for supplies. Mallaig boasts good road, rail and bus connections.

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