Harbour at Mallaig

Harbour at Mallaig, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the colourful fishing village of Mallaig in the western Highlands of Scotland.

As a tour guide I encounter a stop at Mallaig on the way between Fort William and Isle of Skye (or vice versa). At Mallaig it is possible to connect with a ferry which transfers people and vehicles to/from Skye at regular intervals entailing a journey time of about 25 minutes. The short ferry trip is quite scenic and affords wonderful views of the Knoydart Penisula. Occasionally, it is possible to spot wildlife such as dolphins  escorting the ferry.

Another aspect to Mallaig is that it sits at end of a railway line connecting with Fort William along which (in summer) travels the famous Jacobite Express  (or ‘Harry Potter’ train) which brings many thousands of people to this small community on day trips.

Mallaig has a colourful,working harbour  which is home to a small fleet of fishing vessels which is of interest to photographers and others. In the village there are a few shops and pubs plus a range of accommodation. In fairness most visitors would encounter Mallaig as a transit point rather than a destination per se.

Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale

Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, Scotland

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