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Water Based Travel

Ferries and Boats taking you to remote and beautiful places.
If you would like to sample some marine or even fresh water sailing then the list below might be of interest

  • Arisaig Marine some 28 miles from Acharacle on good roads. The company operates the ferry to the Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Muck and Eigg. Killer, sperm, pilot and minke whales can be seen as well as basking sharks. The company also operates small tours or private charters . Check the web site for full details
  • Caledonian MacBrayne operate two ferries from Mallaig which is just a further 8 miles past Arisaig. The two ferries Loch Nevis and Loch Coruisk  feed into the Small Isles service with the Loch Coruisk mainly detailed to service the Mallaig – Armadale ( southern Skye) link.

See the timetable here for more detail -

  • You can also travel from Mallaig into the wilderness of Knoydart . A day trip is possible with time ashore to visit the village of Inverie and perhaps lunch and a small refreshment in The Old Forge – reputedly the most remote Inn in Britain. Real Ale and local food a speciality

See and for your travel

  • In Acharacle it is also possible to cruise the waters of Loch Shiel. The loch travels like an arrow deep into the impenetrable vastness known as the Rough Bounds of Moidart. A local skipper runs a timetabled service between Acharacle and Glenfinnan. Refer to Loch Shiel Cruises On this cruise you stand a real chance of spotting White Tailed Sea Eagles which have been successfully reintroduced from Norway in many sites along the north and west coast of Scotland.

  • In travelling to Acharacle you probably used the Highland Council operated ferry at Corran. You can also travel a little farther west by a circular route through the Island of Mull. You turn off the road at Salen and travel the challenging road down to Kilchoan for a small Cal-Mac ferry over to Tobermory. Travelling around Mull is relatively easy but the distances can be deceptive. It is possible to visit the sacred Isle of Iona in a day trip but you do need to plan your journey well. Check those ferry timetables again to be sure to either return the way you came or travel down to Fishnish for another Cal-Mac ferry back to Lochaline and the lonely road back to Strontian and onwards back to Ardnish. Also please remember that fuel stations are few and you should top up whenever possible.

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