The Lochaber area forms a large coastal & rural part of the Scottish West Highlands and is home to Glencoe, The Great Glen, Glen Nevis, Mallaig, Ardnamurchan & The Small Isles. The region is packed with spectacular scenery from the deepest freshwater loch, white sandy beaches, towering sea cliffs, munros & mountains.
A rich history of Clans, Uprising’s & Clearances interlaced with the scenery makes this area very special indeed.
If wildlife is your thing we have the “Big 5” Golden Eagles, Red Deer, Otters, Seals & Red Squirrels. However there is much more too, from Dolphins, Minke Whales, Basking Sharks, Porpois, Sea Eagles, Pine Martins & Puffins.
Sitting between Arisaig & Mallaig, we are less than a five minute walk to the famous Camusdarach Beach. Going towards Arisaig, there is a stunning 9 hole golf course at Traigh & Arisaig Village has a beautiful Marina with a gift shop & café.
The small fishing village of Mallaig now boasts its own stunning Marina, adjacent to the old pier with the fishing boats at their moorings, gift shops & restaurants.
Situated beside the coastline, we have a wealth of sandy beaches and coves to explore & rugged hills and mountains to climb.
Also here in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, we have plenty of options for you to experience both locally and further afield.
From Whisky Tasting at the Distillery or visit Ben Nevis Range, a year round mountain ski resort with Zoom Trax and High Wire Adventure.
Glenfinnan Monument, Cruise Loch Shiel, ride the Jacobite Steam Train, a must for Harry Potter fans. Fishing on Loch Morar, Golf with sea views at Traigh.
Arisaig has a beautiful Marina with cruises to Eigg, Muck & Rhum, there is also Sea Kayaking for all abilities.
Hop aboard the Calmac Car Ferry at Mallaig to visit the Isle of Skye and The Small Isles. Western Isles Cruises will ferry you over to the Knoydart Peninsular and also offer Wildlife Cruises.
Throughout the summer, we have our local events from Highland Games, Agricultural Show & Mallaig’s Maritime Day.
Some of the above is seasonal though, to help you plan your holiday, or check availability and sailing times, please find some useful links below.
West Coast Paradise video from Kenneth Sands
Siver Sands Trekking Centre: 07789 175 136
Each year the following events take place: Arisaig Highland Games ,Mallaig & Morar Highland Games. The Glenfinnan Gathering as well as the annual Road to the Isles Show. These events along with many more are listed below:
Loch Shiel Festival. An innovative festival of chamber music April
Half Marathon 10K & 5K stunning route from Arisaig to Mallaig May
Feis Eigg, tuition festival July
Small Isles Games Rum July
Mallaig Maritime Day 21st July
Arisaig Highland Games, Last Wednesday in July
Knoydart Highland Games (tbc)
Mallaig & Morar Highland Games, 1st Sunday in August
Glenfinnan Highland Games, August
A Write Highland Hoolie, book festival November
The local paper West Word, can be purchased in the village’s of Arisaig & Mallaig, here you will find dates for the events as they are published.
We are lucky to have some amazing restaurants on our doorstep, offering locally sourced produce & seafood.
J.Lawrie & Sons (Jaffy’s)
Mallaig 01687 462 222
Fort William 01397 702 177
Glenuig 01687 470 219
Glenfinnan House Hotel
Glenfinnan 01397 722 235
The Old Forge
Inverie 01687 462 267
Mallaig Backpackers Lodge – Tea Garden
Mallaig 01687 462 764
The Old Library Lodge
Arisaig 01687 450651
The Steam Inn
West Highland Hotel
The Corner Stone
The Fish Market
The Crannog Bakery/Pizza
Sunset Thai Food Takeaway
The Old library Lodge
Mallaig Backpackers Lodge
The Old Forge
Glenfinnan House Hotel
J.Lawrie & Sons ( Jaffy’s)