See & Do Mallaig

Mallaig once the biggest herring port in Europe is steeped in fishing history.

Mallaig has an abundance of things to see and do from the minute you enter the bustling village.  We are however aware that many visitors come to the village via the Jacobite Steam train and with that in mind we will outline below the things to ‘see and do’ within manageable time frames that will allow you to get a feel for the village and wishing you had longer to explore.

We will also include the many other things that you could enjoy with a little more time. 

Mallaig Pier & Marina

Mallaig is still very much a busy working pier. Take a stroll down the pier and watch the local fishermen land their catch. We have a traditional boat building yard and marine engineers working away. Whistle away time admiring the many yachts and boats that sail into our marina.  Stop to chat to our local fisherman who will be keen to pass on helpful information.

Mallaig Heritage Centre

Fancy learning more about our village and the history of the area? Mallaig Heritage Centre is conveniently sited alongside Mallaig railway station in the centre of the village. It has a treasure trove of stories, films, collections and displays, all telling the story of West Lochaber, its people and landscape. 

Twelve centuries ago, West Lochaber was a buffer zone between native Picts, Norsemen and Scots. Briefly part of the Norse Kingdom of Man, it then became the eastern boundary of the powerful Lordship of the Isles.

Known in the Gaelic language as “An Garbh Chriochan” (The Rough Bounds), this area between Loch Hourn and Loch Sunart was, until the beginning of the 20th century, one of the least-visited areas of the British mainland, with most places being accessible only by sea or by an arduous trek through the glens. It is hardly surprising that this region is where the Jacobite claimant to the throne, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, took refuge after defeat at Culloden in 1746.

Not surprisingly, the area still retains its unique character and visitors return again and again to enjoy its spectacular mountain and coastal scenery, pure white sandy beaches and one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Europe.

Explore our website for a taste of the history of this wild and beautiful area, and visit the Centre itself when you come to visit the Highlands. We promise you that it will be time well spent!

Western Isles Cruises

Western Isles Cruises Ltd operate the Knoydart Ferry Service, 1 Hour Wildlife Cruises & Private charter for Weddings and special occasions, plus fast remote drop off and pickups in our Red Bay RIB.

We run three MCA approved passenger vessels. The jewel in our crown is the MV Western Isles, an 81 passenger traditional wooden ferry, with a licensed bar and toilets. This has operated as the ferry service up Loch Nevis for the past 45 years.

Next up, the new purpose built 40 passenger Catamaran the MV Larven named after the Munro on the Knoydart peninsular. This will come into service from Summer 2018.

And finally a 10 passenger RedBay RIB, Big Dipper. This bad boy can do 40 knots and can drop you off or pick you up from anywhere, or alternately just take you on a wildlife RIB adventure you will never forget. So for your next adventure or special occasion let Western Isles make it unforgettable.

Minch Adventures

Visit remote inaccessible places, fish and forage, cook your catch on board our vessel or on a remote beach over an open fire. Share traditional skills, local knowledge and storytelling. We bring to life Scotland’s West Coast Hebridean treasures. 

Our vessel CYFISH is a custom built motor launch finished to a high standard by the British makers Cygnus, attention to detail was priority with a luxury finish inside and out.

Added accommodation, galley to cook from, washroom and comfortable seating makes this the perfect platform to adventure from on and around the sea scapes of the north west coast of Scotland.

MCA coded and maintained to a high standard with twin 320hp Volvos and a great sea worthy hull gives you piece of mind that you are in safe hands with this quality charter vessel.

Whatever the time of year, if you find yourself in Mallaig do not miss this opportunity to do something really special.