MARINA APPROACH The ease of access makes Mallaig Harbour and Marina ideal for yachts and boats of all sizes. It is completely non tidal and there is no need for pilotage.
All vessels will listen on Channel 16 whilst entering the harbour – working Channel 9.
Three vertical red lights will be exhibited whilst car ferry is entering or leaving harbour. All other ship traffic must not proceed except with the permission of the Harbour Master. Mariners are reminded that the main channel for entry and exiting Mallaig Harbour is the NORTH CHANNEL. South Channel now closed.
Admiralty Chart 2208 – Mallaig to Canna Harbour.
ROAD The A830 road from Fort William to Mallaig is more commonly known as the ‘Road to the Isles’. The road has recently been fully ‘doubled’ for the full length of its 42 miles and won the prestigious Saltire Award for Civil Engineering in the Environmental category.
The road goes through several villages including Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Arisaig and Morar.
The road is commonly regarded as being one of the most beautiful and scenic in the country. Starting at the foot of the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, the route goes west past the world famous GlenFinnan Monument, a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite uprising of 1745-46. The National Trust for Scotland have a Visitor Centre there which tells the story of the Jacobites and this important period in Scottish history. The road continues towards Mallaig and passes through some of the most stunning and breath taking scenery in the world – from mountains to glens, miles of golden sands to views to the Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck, and Skye the road is rightly famed for its outstanding beauty.
Taking around an hour from Fort William, the Road to the Isles ends at Mallaig. The Marina isn’t difficult to find!! Head for the harbour and the marina is right in front of you.
There is a drop off point just yards from the marina and ample free parking within half a mile.
RAIL There are regular trains from the south Fort William including the Caledonian Sleeper service from London, more commonly known as the ‘Deerstalker’. For full details and timetables click - http://www.scotrail.co.uk/timetables-routes/581/591/2011
All year round services run between Fort William and Mallaig passing through the same outstanding countryside as the road.
It has just been awarded the ‘Best Railway Journey in the World’ by readers of Wanderlust international travel magazine for the third consecutive year. It beat competition from Machu Pichu in Peru, the Alps in Switzerland, Trans-Australia, and across the Rockies in Canada.