Scenic Drive – Road to the Isles and Mallaig

Scenic Drives

This drive has to be one of the best in the area, and you should allow a full day to enjoy all the sites on route.  Head up to Fort William, through the town and turn left at the roundabout signposted Mallaig and The Road to the Isles (A830).

This route takes you past the National Trust site at Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard to start the 1745 rebellion.  Stop here and you can explore around the monument, take a look at the railway viaduct famous from the Harry Potter films, and just a short walk up the hill is a superb gothic styled church enjoying an elevated position overlooking Loch Shiel.

Continue along the road, and on through Lochailort to Arisaig.  Rather than continuing along the main road on towards Mallaig, the scenic coastal road (B8008) takes you all around the superb sandy and rocky inlets.  It is definitely worth stopping (parking at NM664917) and taking a walk through the dunes to the beaches at Camusdarach. Fans of Local Hero will recognise this as Ben’s Beach.  Continue along this road, and just before joining the main road again, it is worth a quick stop to amble along the silver sands beach at Morar.  Turn left once back to the main road.  There is the opportunity of a detour along the banks of Loch Morar, the deepest fresh water loch in Europe (and home to Morag a relative of Nessie)  shortly after rejoining the main road.  Alternatively, continue along the road to the fishing port of Mallaig.  It is possible to connect with a car ferry to Skye.

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Suitable for a rainy day
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