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Mallaig is a haven for sailors wanting to explore the stunning coastline of north west Scotland. The marina is an ideal base to explore some of the most beautiful and remote scenery in Scotland. To the west of Mallaig are the isles of Rum, Eigg and Muck – all within comfortable sailing distance.
North of Mallaig is the Knoydart Peninsula, often described as ‘Scotland’s last wilderness’. This area is a haven for wildlife with dolphins and porpoises a common sight. They often follow sailing vessels of all sizes. Minke whales and basking sharks are also regular visitors depending on the time of year. Closer to shore, sea and golden eagles can be spotted along with the occasional osprey. Of course, seals are in abundance and otters can often be seen foraging for food. Knoydart is home to the UK’s largest village not connected to the road or rail network, Inverie, which can claim to have the most remote pub in the country. The Old Forge has 10 private moorings and dinghies can be left on the beach by the pub. Local seafood is a speciality.
Once moored, Mallaig is an ideal place to either stop for a night or two or to use as a sailing base. The village offers restaurants to suit all budgets, with locally caught seafood a speciality. There are two main hotels in Mallaig – the West Highland Hotel and the Marine Hotel, both offering accommodation and restaurants. There is also B&B accommodation both in the village and surrounding area. There are several pubs in Mallaig and it’s not uncommon, especially during the summer months, to hear live traditional music. There are also regular ceilidhs at the village hall which welcome everyone. For those looking for something a little less energetic, there is the Mallaig Heritage Centre which details all of the area’s long and fascinating history, especially the port’s long association with the fishing industry and it’s connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite uprising. There is also a swimming pool with fitness suite, spa, sauna and solarium. For those arriving by boat and wishing to explore inland, taxis can provide a tour of the area or can simply drop you where you want to go and can pick you up again at a designated time and place. Ideal for sailors wishing to explore the hills and glens. Should you want a guided boat trip to Knoydart or the Isles, there are morning, afternoon and full day excursions from Mallaig pier throughout the summer.
Mallaig is also an ideal stop off for sailors needing to replenish supplies. There is a small Co-op store and Spar shop both supplying a full range of fresh provisions. There is also a chemist, doctor and dentist in the village. Ship chandlers Johnston Bros have an extensive range of marine products to suit most requirements.