Road to the Isles

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Road to the Isles
West of Fort William is the picturesque Road to the Isles. This route is famous for it’s railway line which was used for filming ‘Harry Potter’ on the Jacobite Steam Train.  After passing Corpach and Loch Eil it moves through historical Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s fight for the British throne gathered momentum and he raised the Jacobite standard and rallied his clansmen for battle. On the Road to the Isles, visitors will pass the Caledonian Canal  A fine example of Victorian engineering, started by Thomas Telford.

Also in Glenfinnan is the Railway Museum. Further west the road and rail links skirt Loch Ailort and pass through Arisaig and onto Morar with it’s famous white sands and necklace of islets. Destinations end is the busy fishing village of Mallaig, a starting point for ferries to Skye and the Small Isles Island Ferries.  Driving to Mallaig from Fort William is a great day out with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery. It is a popular evening trip for a meal out and watch the sun set on the western horizon beyond the Outer Hebrides.

Sunart Oakwoods
Discover Sunart Oakwoods for yourself, sheltered woodlands and windswept moors, sparkling waters and glowering skies, verdant springs and glowing autumns, a wealth of culture in a sparsely populated land. Discover how green consciousness is still a key theme for today’s communities as they manage this precious landscape.

Caledonian Macbrayne
The west coast of Scotland has world-class island cruising with a modern fleet of passenger vessels. From our base in Fort William, day trips to the Isle of Skye, Mull and Iona are possible. Each require a drive of around one and half hours to the ferry terminal.  For more details visit Caledonian Macbrayne.

Ardnamurchan Peninsula
The most westerly point on the British mainland is a quiet day drive from Fort William, where the pace is slow and the roads are windy, with the sea lochs and hills coming together in perfect harmony. From the farthest point the views to the Isles of Rum, Canna, Eigg, Muck, Skye and Mull are legendary. There is also a ferry to Mull from Kilchoan, so it may be worth taking two days or more out to explore the area at a more leisurely pace.  For more details visit Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

The magical island of Iona with it’s sandy beaches and famous Abbey is within a day trip from Fort William. Depart from Calluna at 0800 hrs, travel to Oban and take the ferry to Mull.

Check out Bowman’s Tours, wildlife enthusiasts will find this trip of great interest. On the crossing to Mull it may be possible to watch Dolphins and Seal and the island is host to a successful and expanding population of Sea Eagles.

Staffa Tours operate boat tours between April to October to visit the Treshnish Isles and Staffa from Oban. Boat tours from Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan  also visit Staffa and the Treshnish Isles.

Further details on ferry trips from Oban and Mull can be found at Caledonian Macbrayne.

The Iona Abbey is beautifully set at the end of the Ross of Mull across the short sound from Fionnphort. Make sure you take a picnic and enjoy the peace and tranqulity of the sandy shoreline.

On both the outward and return journey from Oban to Mull you will pass by Duart Castle, one of many impressive historical buildings built to guard this rugged coastline in centuries past. On your way home from Oban, try a meal at the Wide Mouthed Frog, a wonderful place to watch the sun go down and under an hour from Fort William

Tobermory is accessible from the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on a return day trip from Fort William. Check out Tobermory Ferry and Balamory.

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