Sitting on the Scottish Highlands is the port of Mallaig, situated in Lochaber. Once Europe’s busiest herring port, Mallaig is now the West Coast’s main fishing port, meaning there is plenty of opportunity to try fresh, local produce. Jaffy’s and Son’s is a traditional smokehouse in Mallaig, sure to be a real treat. Many more restaurants and three pubs in the area are just waiting to be explored, with a main street of shops, mini-markets and a gorgeous art gallery showcasing local work. A splendid destination for both groups of friends and families with kids, Mallaig offers stunning walks, such as the Circuit Walk, showing off the harbour as well as the coastline, like that of Camusdarach Beach. Cruising with Bella Jane Boat Trips will be made all the sweeter when a charming holiday cottage waits for you back at Mallaig.

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Despite its proud heritage, Mallaig is a young place, having been founded only in the 1840’s by one Lord Lavat. The Mallaig visitor centre, located on their pier, can provide more information, as well as wonderful coffee and gorgeous views all-round. Harry Potter fans may be interested to come to this pretty place in the summer, when the iconic steam train seen in the film can take you on the world-renowned ‘Road to the Isles’. If being on the water has captured your heart, then a visit to the Knoydart Peninsula is in order – don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled, and you might just see a humpback whale! On the other hand, while on land, be sure to visit Davies Brae for a bespoke book shopping experience. It may just look like a cabin from the outside, but once you step inside, you will be surrounded by Scottish heritage texts. A unique and characterful place that’s loved by all ages, Mallaig is sure to stay with you for a long, long time.