Day Trip - Scenic drive to Mallaig

Taking in – Neptune’s Staircase, Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct, Camusdarach beach and Mallaig.

A very popular route runs out to the harbour town of Mallaig.  With plenty of places to spend time at on the way.  Beginning at Glencoe take the A82 north to Fort William, (you may want to stop off here to get something for a picnic later).  Stay on the A82 and as you exit Fort William, you will see a sign for Mallaig on the A830.  This is after an Esso petrol station on the right and before the BP petrol station beyond this junction, (last chance for fuel).

The A830 takes you over a canal at Banavie.  There is a cark park on the right where you can walk alongside the Caledonian Loch Gates making up Neptune’s Staircase.  On a clear day you can get good views of Ben Nevis – The UKs highest mountain from here.

The A830 takes you alongside Loch Eil through Corpach, Fassfern, Kinlocheil and onto Glenfinnan. The road passes right alongside the railway on which the Harry Potter Jacobite Steam Train can be seen.  At Glenfinnan, (parking often difficult especially when the steam train due) the viaduct, (with or without train) looks inspiring as does the Glenfinnan Monument at the top of Loch Shiel.  The road leads on passing Ranochan on Loch Eilt and onto Lochailort.  The route of the railway is never far away.

From Lochailort its just a few miles to the tiny village of Arisaig.  After Arisaig  you can turn off the A830 onto the ‘old’ road (coastal route) which winds its way alongside the sea through Kinloid, Bunacaimb and Portnaluchaig.  A small ‘pay and play’ links golf course at Traigh and onto Camusdarach.  There is a small cark park from which Camusdarach beach is accessible via a footpath at the bottom of the cark park.  This is a really great place for a stroll and a picnic. From the beach The Isle of Skye and The Cullins, (Skye’s mountain range) are visible.  To its left the next island offshore is the Isle of Rum and to its left lies the Isle of Eigg.

This is a great place for a wander with many other bays easy to access through little paths linking bays.

Continuing on the road will take you past Morar sands, a much busier beach.  A left turn back onto the A830 will take you onto Mallaig which is quite busy when the steam train is in and quieter when not!  A good fish and chip shop is at the harbour end of the train platform, with other places for a snack or coffee within the village itself.

The A830 will then take you back to Fort William where turning right will take you south on the A82 back to Glencoe.