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Mallaig Harbour

DSC_0749No visit to Mallaig is complete without a walk around the harbour and yachting marina.

Look out for the local fishing boats landing their catches on the pier, or perhaps you’ll see the lifeboat!

Watch the local ferry services, Calmac’s Coruisk sailing over the sea to Skye, the Knoydart Seabridge skimming across the bay towards Inverie in Knoydart, or admire the MV Western Isles which has provided a passenger service to Knoydart since the 1950’s.

Mallaig is a fishing village on the west coast of Scotland with a population of approximately 1,000. Historically a crofting community, the local landowner Lord Lovat encouraged the local population to turn to fishing in the 1840’s. The first pier was built in 1846 and herring fishing became more and more important as a way of life. A harsh and dangerous way of life, nonethless the population of Mallaig grew from 24 to 134 and Mallaig became the largest settlement in the area.

DSC_0745The railway extension to Mallaig in 1901 rapidly transformed the community and the industry continued to develop throughout the 20th Century. This culminated in Mallaig being the largest herring port in Europe in the 60s and 70s. Although the herring fishing industry has now gone Mallaig is still a leading port in the west of Scotland for prawn landings.

Although still a busy fishing port and ferry terminal Mallaig now boasts a £900,000 yachting facility which was completed by the Mallaig Harbour Authority in 2011. The fabulous west coast of Scotland offers stunning scenery etched with sea lochs, glens and mountains. The sheltered waters of Mallaig harbour offer a safe haven for seafarers. The excellent marina, village facilities and Highland hospitality have already established Mallaig Marina as a great option for all those sailing in the area.