Out & About

The beaches are one of the most stunning features of the local area. On a lovely day, the colours remind you of the Caribbean! The largest beach at Camusdarach was made famous in the film ‘Local Hero’.

camusdarach beach local hero

There are so many walks for all abilities… whether a gentle stroll along a beach or for the more energetic the walk up Creag Mor behind the mast is well worth the view. Walk the 7 miles along the shore of Loch Morar to Tarbet and then catch the ferry back from Tarbet to Mallaig.

ben nevis eshaness arisaig

Fort William (Outdoor Capital of the UK) is a 45 min drive away and is the base for climbing Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the UK). At Aonach Mor take the Nevis Range Cable Car up the mountain and skiing and snowboarding are available here in winter. For those not quite so adventurous, try the West Highland Museum which tells the story of the region and its history including one of the best collections of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Jacobite items.

The Land, Sea and Islands centre is worth a visit in Arisaig. It is very informative of the local area and includes information about Arisaig’s wartime past.

mallaig harbour eshaness arisaig

Mallaig is a 15 min drive taking the coastal route and is the local fishing port. There are numerous restaurants and craft shops. Mallaig is the base for the Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferries to Skye and the Small Isles. Mallaig also has a swimming pool and gym and has regular fun hours for all the family.

glenfinnan eshaness arisaig

Glenfinnan is a 30min drive, about halfway between Fort William and Arisaig and is probably best known for the famous “Harry Potter Bridge” (Glenfinnan Viaduct), but also has a great visitor centre packed with information and you can also take the short walk down to the 18m high Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1815 as a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought with Bonnie Prince Charlie. The views are also spectacular from the church, looking towards the mountains and over the loch.

Useful Links

Walk Highlands: detailed information about walks throughout the Highlands of Scotland.

National Trust For Scotland: visit some of Scotland’s most spectacular castles, gardens, monuments and historical sites.

Visit Scotland: tourism site for everything and anything to see and do in Scotland.

The Jacobite Steam Train: jump aboard the famous steam train as seen on Harry Potter, with a return journey from Fort William to Mallaig.