Western Isles Cruises

We can offer wildlife cruises, day trips to the Small Isles and Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula. Departing from Mallaig, The MV Western Isles gives you the chance to see the stunning and remote scenery of Scotland’s amazing west coast also known as “Europe’s Last Wilderness”.

The Western Isles is also a regular link with Inverie, so on some trips you will find a mixture of Scottish daily life which you wouldn’t see on a boat primarily used just by tourists. Sharing the journey with shopping and supplies for 60+ people provides you with an added glimpse of life for this remote community. We also have a history too, as MV Western Isles has been running a passenger service from Mallaig since the 1950’s. She was originally intended for use by the Admiralty as a supply vessel for larger naval ships. Surplus to requirements she was purchased by Bruce Watt Snr, towed to Edinburgh as just a bare hull and there fitted out for her new status as a passenger vessel.

You are likely to see a variety of wildlife such as Sea Birds, Basking Sharks, Seals, Porpoises and Eagles. Sometimes you can also spot Minke Whales on our trips across to the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum & Canna.

The Western Isles is skippered by Tony Macrae with over 20 years’ experience sailing these waters. Together with our three man crew Tommy, Ryan & Nathan and our relief skipper Bruce Watt, we have a fantastic team, always on hand to help and ready with a quip and plenty of banter. We are always happy to hear from you, whether enquiring about sailing times, scheduled trips, or private charters.

Please do visit our Facebook page and leave a photo and a mention of your time with us.


Sailing Schedule:

April – October – Monday – Friday Knoydart Ferry Depart Mallaig 10.15am Arrive Inverie 11.00am Depart Inverie 11.00am Arrive Mallaig 11.50am Depart Mallaig 2.15pm Arrive Inverie 3.00pm Depart Inverie 3.00pm Arrive Tarbet 3.30pm Depart Tarbet 3.30pm Arrive Inverie 4.15pm Depart Inverie 4.15pm Arrive Mallaig 5.00pm May – October Monday – Friday 1 Hour Cruises (Lunchtime) Depart Mallaig 12.45pm Arrive Mallaig 13.45pm Plenty of time to catch the Steam Train

June – August – Monday – Friday 1 Hour Cruises (Evening) Depart Mallaig 17.15pm Arrive Mallaig 18.15pm June – August Saturday & Sunday Wildlife Cruises Depart Mallaig 12.45pm Arrive Mallaig 13.45pm Depart Mallaig 14.00pm Arrive Mallaig 16.00pm Bring your own food or a local takeaway to enjoy with a drink from our bar. See full yearly Sailing Schedule on our website and keep up with what’s going on via our Facebook page.

Pricing – Mallaig to Inverie Anytime Day Return £15 Day Sail Inc Tarbet Return £20 Mallaig/Inverie One Way £10 1 Hour Wildlife Cruise £10 Children 5-15 yrs. Half Price Children under 5 Free and Dogs Push Bike £2 Kayak £5.


Western Isles Cruises
The Pier Office
PH41 4QD
Tel: 01687 462233
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