The Lochaber area forms a large coastal & rural part of the Scottish West Highlands and is home to Glencoe, The Great Glen, Glen Nevis, Mallaig, Ardnamurchan & The Small Isles. The region is packed with spectacular scenery from the deepest freshwater loch, white sandy beaches, towering sea cliffs, munros & mountains.
A rich history of Clans, Uprising’s & Clearances interlaced with the scenery makes this area very special indeed.
If wildlife is your thing we have the “Big 5” Golden Eagles, Red Deer, Otters, Seals & Red Squirrels. However there is much more too, from Dolphins, Minke Whales, Basking Sharks, Porpoise, Sea Eagles, Pine Martins & Puffins.
Sitting between Arisaig & Mallaig, we are less than a five minute walk to the famous Camusdarach Beach. Going towards Arisaig, there is a stunning 9 hole golf course at Traigh & Arisaig Village has a beautiful Marina with a gift shop & café.
The small fishing village of Mallaig now boasts its own stunning Marina, adjacent to the old pier with the fishing boats at their moorings, gift shops & restaurants.
Situated beside the coastline, we have a wealth of sandy beaches and coves to explore & rugged hills and mountains to climb.
Also here in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, we have plenty of options for you to experience both locally and further afield.
From Whisky Tasting at the Distillery or visit Ben Nevis Range, a year round mountain ski resort with Zoom Trax and High Wire Adventure.
Glenfinnan Monument, Cruise Loch Shiel, ride the Jacobite Steam Train, a must for Harry Potter fans. Fishing on Loch Morar, Golf with sea views at Traigh.
Arisaig has a beautiful Marina with cruises to Eigg, Muck & Rhum, there is also Sea Kayaking for all abilities.
Hop aboard the Calmac Car Ferry at Mallaig to visit the Isle of Skye and The Small Isles. Western Isles Cruises will ferry you over to the Knoydart Peninsular and also offer Wildlife Cruises.
Throughout the summer, we have our local events from Highland Games, Agricultural Show & Mallaig’s Maritime Day.
Some of the above is seasonal though, to help you plan your holiday, or check availability and sailing times.
West Coast Paradise video from Kenneth Sands
Useful links for local activities & attractions
The Nevis Range gondola mountain experience takes visitors 650m up the mountain of Aonach Mor. The gondola is a fantastic experience
Active Highs offer a fantastic range of outdoor activities like white water rafting to climbing & abseiling near Fort William and Fort Augustus.
Vertical Descents offer a range of outdoor activity days & activity packages in Fort William
Arisaig Marine is situated in the heart of the village and offers boat trips to the small isles, berthing for boats and also as a great little cafe & gift shop.
Western Isles Cruises
Sail up Loch Nevis to Inverie, Knoydart. Visit mainland UK's remotest pub, The Old Forge or take a 1 hour wildlife cruise.
Calmac ferries run from Mallaig & sailings go to Armadale on Skye and the Small Isles", Canna, Muck, Rhum and Eigg.
West Coast Railway
The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan. Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig
Loch Morar is situated in the North West Highlands of Scotland, four miles from the village of Mallaig. The Loch is 310m making it the deepest body of freshwater in Britain
Traigh Golf Course
The most westerly course on the UK mainland. The course is open to members and walk up visitors with club hire availabe.
Arisaig Sea Kayaking
Arisaig sea kayak centre is based in Arisaig. they explore the coastline on day trips and courses.
Ben Nevis Distillery
THE DEW OF BEN NEVIS
Crafting whisky beneath Britain's highest mountain in Fort William since 1825.
Silver Sands Pony Trekking
Silversands trekking centre have one of the most beautiful spots for horse riding in Scotland situated on the Road to the Isles in the picturesque West Coast of the Scottish Highlands