Mallaig

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Mallaig is a port village 42 miles northwest of Fort William, 26 miles northwest of Glenfinnan via the A830 road.

The town is the main ferry port for a 5 mile crossing to Armadale on the south side of the Isle of Skye. There are also short Boat Tours for wildlife, and the popular Steam Trains that run through the mountains and over large viaducts between Fort William, Glenfinnan, and Mallaig in summer. There is also a good silver beach at Morar 3 miles south by the main road.

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The image top is from the hill just southeast of the village with the communication towers. The image second is of Mallaig centre with small shops, cafes, and restaurants.

The West Highland Hotel is the largest in the village, a short walk from the harbour.

Western Isles Cruises provide short wildlife cruises on their boat, or on their fast RIB. This company also provides a ferry service to remote parts of Western Scotland and small Islands.

The Larger Ferries run between Mallaig and Armadale on the south side of the Isle of Skye. The crossing is 5 miles taking about 35 minutes. This has remained a popular route to travel to Skye, even though the Skye Bridge was completed in 1995. The bridge crosses over to the east side of Skye. Both routes from Fort William to Potree on Skye are about the same distance.

The Mallaig Heritage Centre is situated next to the Train Station. This gives information on how the village evolved over the years through farming and fishing The Centre also gives information on old Mallaig ferries and lifeboats.

Mallaig History

1840s - the village of Mallaig was founded after Lord Lovat of North Morar Estate encouraged some of his tenants to begin fishing as a way of life.

1901 - the Train Station opened in Mallaig leading the the village expanding with a larger fishing fleet using the trains to transport the fish around the UK.

The rail line aslo brought in tourists as the trip up from Fort William was described as one of the top rail journeys in Scotland.

A number of Steamers began operating out of Mallaig at that time providing a ferry services througout the Western Isles for locals and tourists.

Ferries still run from Mallaig to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, Inverie in the remote area of Knoydart, and the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck, and Canna.

1960s - Mallaig was the busiest herring port in Europe. The village is known for its traditionally smoked kippers.

The area can be busy in summer with tourists on trains, on the scenic drive on the good road up through mountains, past Glenfinnan Monument and huge Viaduct, past a scenic silver Beach at Morar 3 miles south, and traveling over to the Isle of Skye by boat / ferry.

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