At the end of the famous West Highland Railway and the romantic 'Road to the Isles' , one hour drive from Fort William along the A830 lies the historic fishing port of Mallaig.
Mallaig derived from old Norse "Mel Vik", meaning sand dune bay is a vibrant fishing port in Lochaber. The local railway station, Mallaig Station is the terminus of the West Highland Railway line and and the famous Jacobite Steam train. Mallaig is linked to Fort William by the the 'Road to the Isles' (A830).
Mallaig is a bustling fishing port and prides itself on its fresh seafood and traditionally smoked kippers, the fishmonger Andy Race & Jaffy's still providing genuine oak smoked kippers from shops on the harbour.
Mallaig and the surrounding area is a very popular destination for enjoying holidays and discovering all the wonderful offerings on the West Coast.
Mallaig's Port will take you further a field offering Calmac ferry services to the Isle of Skye, Small Isles of Eigg, Rum, Canna, Muck and to South Uist (connections with Barra and the rest of the Outer Hebrides). Knoydart and Tarbet can also be accessed daily with a ferry service from Mallaig Pier operated by Western Isles Cruises. Chartered sails, wildlife cruises and bespoke fishing trips are also available from Mallaig pier.
A full range of accommodation, restaurants, bank, supermarket, bakery, art galllery, post office, bike hire and gift shops, makes this area a great base. Mallaig Pool & Leisure offers a swimming pool, fitness suite, spa, sauna and solarium.
Locally caught seafood is always on the menu in a variety of outlets located in the heart of the village and its not uncommon to hear traditional live music in the pubs and hotels.
For those looking to learn about Mallaig's interesting historical past, there is the Mallaig Heritage Centre which details all of the area’s long and fascinating history, including the port’s long association with the fishing industry and the area’s connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite uprising.