Top things to do in Road to the Isles

Lake in Road to the Isles

Loch Morar

A minor road from Morar village, 2.5 miles south of Mallaig, leads to scenic 11-mile-long Loch Morar, which, at 310m, is the deepest body of water in the United Kingdom. Reputed to be inhabited by its own version of…
Museum in Arisaig & Morar

Land, Sea & Islands Visitor Centre

This centre in Arisaig village houses exhibits on the cultural and natural history of the region. A small but fascinating exhibition explains the part played by the local area as a base for training spies for the Sp…
Beach in Arisaig & Morar

Camusdarach Beach

Fans of the movie Local Hero still make pilgrimages to Camusdarach Beach, just south of Morar, which starred in the film as Ben’s beach. To find it, look for the car park half a mile north of Camusdarach Campsite; f…
Seafood in Mallaig

Fish Market Restaurant

At least half-a-dozen signs in Mallaig advertise ‘seafood restaurant’, but this bright, modern, bistro-style place next to the harbour is our favourite, serving simply prepared scallops, smoked salmon, mussels, and …
Museum in Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan Station Museum

This fascinating little museum records the epic tale of building the West Highland railway line. The famous 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct, just east of the station, was built in 1901, and featured in several Harry Pott…
Monument in Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan Monument

This tall column, topped by a statue of a kilted Highlander, was erected in 1815 on the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie first raised his standard and rallied the Jacobite clans on 19 August 1745, marking the start …
Cafe in Mallaig

Tea Garden

On a sunny day the Tea Garden's terrace cafe, with its flowers, greenery and cosmopolitan backpacker staff, can feel more like the Med than Mallaig. The coffee is good, and the house speciality is a pint glass full …
Scottish in Arisaig & Morar

Old Library Lodge & Restaurant

The Old Library is a charming restaurant with rooms (singles/doubles £75/120) set in converted 200-year-old stables overlooking the waterfront in Arisaig village. The lunch menu concentrates on soups, burgers and sm…
Cafe in Glenfinnan

Dining Car Tearoom

This atmospheric tearoom, set in a 1960s railway coach, serves soup and sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and pots of tea, with superb views of the mountains above Loch Shiel. It is also possible to stay in a s…
Fish & Chips in Mallaig


Owned by a third-generation fish merchant's family, Mallaig's chippy serves superbly fresh fish and chips, as well as kippers, prawns and other seafood.