The Jacobite journey along the Road to the Isles is an integral part of any visitors experience. The breath taking journey is renowned as one of the greatest journeys in the world.
Enjoy the journey through the scenic Highland landscape and saviour the majestic Lochs and Glens. Reaching us by Rail, by Road or by Sea will be a memorable experience. Have your camera fully charged and if travelling by road ensure you allow time to stop off at our scenic viewpoints.
All travel providers should be booked in advance either by booking online or by calling the telephone numbers provided.
To reach north-west Scotland by rail from England, one of the most convenient options is the Caledonian Sleeper. This service departs from London Euston and travels overnight to Fort William (advanced reservations essential).
The Scotrail train service runs all year from Glasgow to Fort William and on to Mallaig.
The West Highland Line which runs between Fort William and Mallaig is a famously scenic train ride and is one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World -as featured in the Harry Potter movies.
Take a spectacular journey on the Jacobite Steam Train operated by the West Coast Railway Company Ltd. Advance ticket bookings are essential and can be done via their online booking service or telephone 0844 850 4685 / 01524 732100.
2021 Jacobite Service Dates
Morning Service: The Jacobite runs from Monday 26th April to Friday 29th October 2021, running 7 days a week
Afternoon Service: The trip runs from Monday 26th April to Friday 1st October 2021, running 7 days a week
The starting point for the 'Road to the Isles' is at Fort William, at the head of Loch Linnhe, which is on the A82. This can be approached from the South either via Glasgow and Loch Lomond to Crianlarich and thence to Fort William or by heading for Stirling on the M9 and turning off at Junction 10 to Doune, Callander, Crianlarich and Fort William. Once through Fort William turn left onto the A830 marked 'Road to the Isles' to Glenfinnan, Arisaig and Mallaig for a journey of breathtaking scenery.
Citylink runs daily bus services between Fort William and Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
Shiel Buses operate a service between Fort William and Mallaig. Tel: 01397 700 700
The car journey from Fort William to Mallaig follow the A830. This journey will also take you to destination points including Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig.
Mallaig is where the land meets the sea and allows the continuation of your journey to the Isle of Skye, Uist, Canna, Eigg, Muck, Rum, Inverie/Knoydart and Tarbert. (Note vehicles can only travel onwards to Skye and Uist by ferry).
Caledonian MacBrayne operates a car ferry service between Mallaig and Armadale Skye, Mallaig and South Uist (connect with the Barra and the rest of the Outer Hebrides).
The small Isles of Canna, Eigg, Muck & Rum also have frequent Calmac passenger salings from Mallaig.
Arisaig Marine operate day trips for foot passengers to the Small Isles and 3hr wildlife trips from Arisaig from late April until late September. Tel: 01687 450224
Western Isles Cruises Ltd. operate the Knoydart ferry service and boat charters and wildlife cruises that work around the Jacobite Steam Train time in Mallaig. Tel: 01687 462 233
In the summer months combined bus/ferry packages are available from Fort William so you can visit some of the Small Isles on a day trip with Shiel Buses and CalMac ferries.
Airlines operating between England and Scotland include British Airways, EasyJet, Flybe and Ryanair.
Main Airports in Scotland:
• Edinburgh Airport
• Glasgow Airport
• Prestwick Airport (30 miles south of Glasgow)
• Aberdeen Airport
• Inverness Airport
Public Transport: you can use the journey planner from TravelineScotland to find timetables for your travels.
A helicopter can be chartered for the day from PDG Helicopters (tel: 01667 462 740) at Inverness Aiport. For quotations and pricing of charter contact sales on the above telephone number as there are various suitable landing sites which can be arranged in the area.