Out & About
Loch Morar is the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles with a maximum depth of 310m, reputed to be the home of the legendary Morag a cousin of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Morar River is only half a mile long and is the shortest river in Britain. Fishing is permitted on Loch Morar, but a permit must be purchased first. Boat hire is also available.
Over the Sea to Skye
There is something very romantic about going “Over the sea to Skye”. Caledonian MacBrayne ferries depart for Skye daily from Mallaig, or you can be more adventurous and try one of the smaller islands of Rhum, Eigg or Canna. Timetables and fares are on their website.
Otters are regularly seen playing alongside Morar River or at the river estuary at low tide. Arisaig has a marina from where leisure cruises on The Shearwater operate daily late April to September to visit Rhum, Eigg and Muck. The skipper will usually give passengers time to photograph the Minke whales, dolphins, or basking sharks which follow the boat on sunny days. A variety of sea birds can be seen around the islands.
There are many wonderful beaches within walking distance from Sandholm. At low tide the nearest beach is only 10 minutes walk away. You can explore for miles and each beach is more beautiful than the one before.
There are quieter roads and cycle paths ideal for seeing the countryside in a more leisurely manner. Cycles are available for hire from Arisaig www.westcoastcycleshire.co.uk and Fort William.
Jacobite Steam Train
The Jacobite Steam Train runs throughout the holiday season with a service between Fort William and Mallaig.
Friday 30th March to Friday 6th April 2018
The Jacobite runs from Monday 9th April to Friday 26th October 2018 (Monday to Friday). Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 2nd June to Sunday 30th September 2018.
The trip runs from Monday 14th May to Friday 14th September 2018 (Monday to Friday). Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 16th June to Sunday 2nd September 2018.
The Jacobite runs a morning service – running Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – 29th November to 29th December 2018.
Full details are on their website: www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite
The trip also includes a stop at the fascinating Glenfinnan Station Museum.
Highland Games are an integral part of the culture of the Highlands and a visit to a gathering is a must for every visitor to Scotland. Arisaig Highland Games are held at Traigh Farm, Arisaig on the last Wednesday of July, for 2018 that will be 25th July Mallaig and Morar Highland Games are held in the Lord Lovat Memorial Field in Morar on the first Sunday in August each year, for 2018 5th August. The Glenfinnan Games are held annually opposite the National Trust Visitor Centre on the nearest Saturday to August 19th, Saturday 18th August 2018.