Mallaig is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. The local railway station, Mallaig, is the terminus of the West Highland railway line (Fort William & Mallaig branch), completed in 1901, and the town is linked to Fort William by the A830 road – the "Road to the Isles".
The village of Mallaig was founded in the 1840s, when Lord Lovat, owner of North Morar Estate, divided up the farm of Mallaigvaig into seventeen parcels of land and encouraged his tenants to move to the western part of the peninsula and turn to fishing as a way of life. The population and local economy expanded rapidly in the 20th century with the arrival of the railway.
Ferries operated by Caledonian MacBrayne and Bruce Watt Sea Cruises sail from the port to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, Inverie in Knoydart, and to the isles of Rùm, Eigg, Muck, and Canna. Mallaig is the main commercial fishing port on the West Coast of Scotland, and during the 1960s was the busiest herring port in Europe. Mallaig prided itself at that time on its famous traditionally smoked kippers but today only one traditional smokehouse remains, Jaffy's and Sons. Mallaig and the surrounding area is a popular area for holidays.
The majority of the community speaks English, with a minority of residents speaking in both English and Gaelic. In addition, traditional Gaelic is still taught in the school to pupils who choose to learn the subject. The area is a haven for sailors of all types due to the sheltered waters, stunning Highland scenery and facilities.
The brand new marina facilities in Mallaig comprise a secure pontoon fit for 50 vessels with walk-on access to the shore. The marina provides fresh water, electricity and Wi-Fi on site. As Mallaig is a working port, there are also complete servicing facilities including a slipway, boat builders and marine engineers available as well as an extensive ship chandlers.
A forthcoming shower and changing complex, linked by a path from the pontoon facilities, will be completed and operational from May 2015.
Mallaig is the ideal base from which to explore Scotland’s stunning isles. Nearbye are the ports of Skye, Rum, Eigg, Muck, Knoydart and Canna. Visitors to our marina also follow the Whisky Trail and use our marina as a base from which to discover the fantastic village of Mallaig and the local tourist attractions. Mallaig Marina Website.