Grey Shed Interiors
Also ran by Fiona, Grey Shed Interiors provide a bespoke service making curtains, blinds and soft furnishings hand stitched to exacting traditional standards.
We have provided some links which may be useful to your stay in the area.
Road to the Isles
Get an overview of things to do in Mallaig and along the “Road to the Isles” on the Road to the Isles website.
Places to eat
Cornerstone Seafood Restaurant, Mallaig
Fine seafood restaurant in Mallaig with great views over the harbour. The restaurant uses the freshest of local produce, with a daily specials board and also has fabulous meat options. All deserts are homemade.
Cafe Rhu, Arisaig
A quaint gastro cafe in Arisaig. Enjoy some heart warming Highland cuisine whilst overlooking the bay with its breathtaking wildlife and scenery.
The Old Forge, Knoydart
Listed as one of only 3 of “Scotland’s bloody good pubs by Peter Irvine “The Best Of Scotland 2007” and with no roads in or out, an 18 mile hike over munros or a 7 mile sea crossing, the pub is the remotest, on mainland Britain (aka Guinness book of records). The Old Forge in the village of Inverie, Knoydart, started out as a smiddy’s forge. Later, seeing better use as a workers social club where it grew up and became a pub. The Old Forge.
Or cook your own
Andy Race Fish Merchants
Based in the port of Mallaig in the Highlands of Scotland, Andy Race Fishmerchants is renowned for producing the very best Scottish peat smoked salmon, including organic smoked salmon, Mallaig kippers and a variety of high quality smoked fish and shellfish – all traditionally smoked with no resort to dyes.
Things to See & Do
Mallaig Heritage Centre
Information about the Heritage Centre in Mallaig, which showcases the history and culture of the area.
Jacobite Steam Train
Information about the Jacobite Steam Train (as featured in Harry Potter as the ‘Hogwarts Express’). The journey starts near the highest mountain in Britain (Ben Nevis), passes through Glenfinnan, visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station (Arisaig), passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain (Loch Morar) and arrives in Mallaig. The train leaves Fort William at 10:20am and returns to Fort William at 4:00pm with an hour and a half in Mallaig. It is a great way to spend the day!
Land, Sea and Islands Centre, Arisaig
The Land, Sea and Islands Visitor Centre opened in July 1999 on the site of a derelict smiddy in a stunning situation in the heart of Arisaig village. A community project, it houses an exhibition that celebrates the social and natural history of the area old and new with photographic displays and artifacts.
Mallaig Swimming Pool
In a spectacular location overlooking the Sound of Sleat, the Small Isles and the Isle of Skye, the pool is open seven days a week, offering a wide range of facilities, whether you want to keep fit or just relax and enjoy yourself.
Traigh Golf Course
“Probably the most beautifully sited nine-hole golf course in the world…” (The Scotsman newspaper). The word Traigh (pronounced ‘try’) means ‘beach’ in Gaelic, and a series of sandy beaches run alongside the course, with stunning views to the Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum, and the Cuillins of Skye. Traigh is a subtle golf course that rewards accurate shotmaking. Good players are made to work for their scores, and yet high handicappers are given every chance. In short, Traigh offers something for everyone.
On the water
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking is a fully mobile provider of guided sea kayaking trips and sea kayaking instruction based near Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland.
Website of Caledonian MacBrayne, who operate two ferries from Mallaig to Skye and the Inner Hebrides which include routes to Canna, Eigg, Rum, Muck, Uist and Barra. Online booking and timetable information.
Cruise to the islands of Eigg, Muck or Rum on Scotland’s west coast on board MV Sheerwater and enjoy the varied wildlife and spectacular views.
The Brightwater Experience
Spectacular long or short cruises from Mallaig in our new 9.5 m RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). We are based in Mallaig Harbour and skipper and crew have over 27 years experience and first hand knowledge of the area.
Loch Shiel Cruises
Eagle-Watch Wildlife Cruises aboard the classic vessel M.V. Sileas. Accessible only by boat, the eighteen-mile length of Loch Shiel, once a sea-loch but reshaped by the retreating glaciers of the last Ice Age, contains a wide variety of wildlife amidst stunning mountain scenery where regular sightings of Golden Eagle are common.
Minch Adventues offer private and mixed group boat trips to remote inaccessible places with exceptional wildlife and nature opportunities to see whales, dolphins, seal colonies & sea eagles.
Share traditional skills, local knowledge and storytelling. They bring to life Scotland’s West Coast Hebridean treasures.
Western Isles Cruises
Western Isles Cruises operate the Knoydart Ferry Service, 1 Hour Wildlife Cruises & Private charter for Weddings and special occasions, plus fast remote drop off and pickups in our RIB.
The Road to the Isles is an area rich in scenic beauty and offers many opportunities for exploring the landscape on foot. Here is our selection of walks you can take when visiting the region and an explanation of some Gaelic placenames. Information from the Road to the Isles website.
Walks in the Western Highlands and Skye. Information from the official walking site of Visit Scotland.
The famous monument is the focal point of Glenfinnan, marking the point where the standard was raised to start the doomed 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Walking, cycling and loch cruises can also be enjoyed from the village.
The Isle of Eigg
We are working towards sustainability and providing good services to visitors whilst retaining our local identity. Explore our website to learn more, then think about a visit one day to our beautiful, unspoiled Hebridean Island.
The Isle of Rum
Rum is one of Scotland’s finest National Nature Reserves. The island is a haven for a variety of birds and animals including sea eagles, deer, goats, otters, seals and many others.. Scottish National Heritage offer guided day walks in the summer, looking at the nature and wildlife of the island. Visitors are also welcome to follow the 2 simple nature trails laid out around the village of Kinloch.
Rabbies Trail Burners – Scottish Highland Tours
Escape with Rabbie’s personalised small group tours. Small groups mean you can discover the real Scotland, get off the beaten track and onto the back roads that other tours cannot manage. We are Scotland’s only 5 star tour company to guarantee you a small group tour.
Art na Mara
Website of Louise Manson, a London based artist from the Highlands of Scotland, whose moody acrylic paintings are inspired by her North West Coast background. Louise will also take on commissions.
The West Word
Community paper for Mallaig, Morar, Arisaig, Lochailort, Glenfinnan Glenuig, Knoydart and the Small Isles.
(Da-eve) offer a fresh, up to date approach to traditional music. An exciting combination of musicians hailing from Cape Breton Island, Ireland, the West Highlands of Scotland and the ever-innovative Irish/American scene, the band effortlessly blends music from their native traditions with a few more tunes picked up en-route. Their music is a very high energy, fast-flowing mixture of tunes and songs from the traditions of their countries represented Fusing together their individual styles on bagpipes, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bodhran and mandola to create a unique and compelling sound, their music knows no boundaries.
“the sound of the slide dancing on the strings, the sweet smell of whiskey on the cask-strength voice and the songs, like a soundtrack to life in the west coast of Scotland”