The Jacobite Steam Train travels (predominately) from Fort William over to Mallaig and allows you approximately 2 hours down time in Mallaig (if you book the return journey). Mallaig is a pretty small, fishing village but there are a number of things you can do and a number of ways you can support the local community!
Hire an E-Bike
You can hire an E Bike for as little as an hour and up to 6 days! Bikes come in a range of sizes and can be booked online.
Local route advice is available from the link above and with a speed of 15 miles per hour and a whopping 70 mile range, this bike will get you where ever you want to go (within reason). All safety equipment is provided and child seats are available for young children.
Go On A Wildlife Cruise
The Wildlife Cruise leaves from the port, just a 3 minute walk from the train station.
The cruise travels to Green Island on the Knoydart peninsular where we saw a variety of birds, seals basking in the sunlight, porpoise diving and otters busily swimming.
You can book online and children under 5 and dogs travel free.
Visit The Beaches Of Morar & Arisaig
Hike The Circle Walk
Depending on how quickly you walk, the Circle Walk will take approximately 60-90 minutes, giving you enough time to stop for a picnic or grab a bite to eat.
Hike details found on the Walking Highlands Site.
Things To Do In The Town of Mallaig
Some ingenious local devised a twisty, never-ending shop dedicated entirely to Harry Potter merchandise. Just a short walk from the station.
Mallaig Heritage Centre
Conveniently sited next to the Mallaig railway station, the Heritage Centre shows a selection of stories, films, collections and displays telling the story of West Lochaber, its people and landscape – which has drastically changed over the last few hundred years.
Visit The Port
The colourful & busy, working port lies opposite the station and is an opportunity to see a traditional side of west coast Scotland. Look out for Annabel, the resident seal.
Harbour View Wooden Deck and Benches
Take up prime position over looking the port and the local islands from a slightly elevated platform. Just at the entrance to the port, on the right.
There are a number of restaurants and cafes in the local vicinity:
- Lawrie & Sons Fish & Chips
- The Garden Cafe
- The Bakehouse & Crannog
- Seafood Restaurant (The Cornerstone)
- Steam Inn
- The Fish Market
- The Marine Bar & Hotel
- The Terrace Restaurant
- An Cala Coffee House
- The Chlachain Inn
Book Local Accommodation
Check out local accommodation with this interactive map.
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