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.
A Sika deer in Sandholm garden.
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. We have secure storage for cycles.
Magnificent waters for kayaking easily reachable from Sandholm. We also have secure storage for kayaks.
Jacobite Steam Train at Morar Crossing.
At Morar Station
Approaching Mallaig Station
Class 37 at the rear of the Jacobite Steam Train
The weather has been so hot and dry that to prevent fires diesel engine Class 37 Loch Arkaig has assisted Black Five 45407 The Lancashire Fusiliers between Fort William and Mallaig.
The Jacobite Steam Train runs throughout the holiday season with a service between Fort William and Mallaig.
The Jacobite train morning service runs from Monday 22nd April to Friday 25th October 2019 (Monday to Friday). Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 4th May to Sunday 29th September 2019.
The afternoon service runs from Monday 13th May to Friday 13th September 2019 (Monday to Friday). Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 15th June to Sunday 1st September 2019.
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 24th 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 2019 4th August. The Glenfinnan Games are held annually opposite the National Trust Visitor Centre on the nearest Saturday to August 19th, Saturday 18th August 2018.