The ‘Road to the Isles’ refers to an area on the West Coast of North Scotland, from Fort William to Mallaig and Knoydart and the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides. It has become a popular holiday destination by visitors from around the globe who can enjoy solitude, a sense of safety and scenery that is spellbounding. Access is not difficult and by a variety of means, getting here is very much part of the experience. Travel by road, train or air and you will be sure of a memorable journey with a warm welcome waiting your arrival.
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.
Car hire is available in Fort William and also locally from Morar Motors. Tel: 01687 462118.
For all Public Transport you are advised to check with the operator. All the information given is correct to the best of our ability but timetables can be changed without our knowledge. A useful web site to visit is Travelinescotland.com which has a journey planner and all the timetables (contact 0871 200 22 33).
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
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 (reservations required).
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 journey and is one of the ‘Great Railway Journeys of the World’.
During the summer you can take this spectacular ride on the Jacobite Steam Train which is operated by the West Coast Railway Company Ltd. Book your tickets online via their web site or telephone 0844 850 4685 / 01524 732100.
Caledonian MacBrayne operates a daily car ferry serivce between Mallaig and Armadale( Isle of Skye), as well as one between Mallaig and South Uist (connects with Barra and the rest of the Outer Hebrides).
They also operate frequent sailings from Mallaig to the Small Isles (Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna).
Arisaig Marine operates the MV Sheerwater, day trips for foot-passengers to the Small Isles from Arisaig from late April until late September. Tel: 01687 450224.
There are regular sailings to Knoydart opearted by Western Isles Cruises Ltd. Tel: 01687 462233
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 Caledonian MacBrayne.
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