MV Loch Nevis – Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Mallaig
The Small Isles are served all year round by the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry MV Loch Nevis, out of Mallaig. The ferry does not call at each island every day; depending on which island you want to visit and the time of year, an island may have between three to five sailings per week. Journey times to each island from Mallaig (and return) will vary, as the ferry travels between the different islands. You are advised to check with Caledonian MacBrayne either on their website or telephone the office in Mallaig on 01687 462 403. Generally you do not have to book to travel on the MV Loch Nevis, but it is advisable to call the office to check the ferry is sailing, especially in the winter months. Please note, visitors are not permitted to bring vehicles onto the islands.
Summer and winter timetables can be downloaded from the Caledonian Macbrayne website
Sheerwater – Arisaig Marine, from Arisaig
The Sheerwater operates between Arisaig and Eigg, Muck and Rum (but not Canna) between early April and mid September. Travelling on the Sheerwater you may spot Minke Whales, Dolphins, Porpoise, Basking Sharks, Otters, Puffins, Shearwaters and much more. Lucky visitors have also enjoyed some of the less frequent sightings of Killer Whales, Sea and Golden Eagles.
PRIVATE BOAT HIRE
Pete Fowler – Seafari from Mallaig – email@example.com Tel: 01471833316 / 07973509387
TRAVEL TO MALLAIG OR ARISAIG
Travel by public transport to Mallaig is by train or bus.
Mallaig is served by regular trains from London -including the overnight sleeper – Glasgow and Fort William. The West Highlands Scotrail timetable can be downloaded HERE
For bus and coach travel, please use Traveline Scotland which provides up to date, impartial public transport journey planning and timetables
If you are driving to Mallaig to meet the ferry, you should leave your car in Mallaig, where there is ample car parking.
Each of the Small Isles welcome yachts and pleasure craft, with anchorage and moorings available in the bays at Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna.
Canna – The island has 10 visitor moorings in Canna Harbour, where visiting yachts can tie up securely for an overnight fee of £10. For information about sailing to Canna, mooring charges etc, please contact property manager Stewart Connor on 01687 462963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eigg – The main anchorage is to the north-east of the pier at Galmisdale point. There is always depth in the channel but the bay to the west mostly dries at spring low tide. There are a few private moorings which leaves limited space for anchoring so a tripping line is not a bad idea. The spring tide sets quite strongly through this channel. When approaching from the north-east, approach between the two new (and lit) perches, and keep open water between Castle Island and Galmisdale point ahead of you. This will keep you in the deepest part of the channel, which is at its shallowest just south of the port hand perch.
If you are coming from south, keep clear of the south shore of Castle island, as the reef extends some way offshore.
Muck – Muck offers two safe anchorages:
Gallanach to the north 56° 50.5’ North 06° 15.5’ West To enter the bay line up the green Dutch barn adjacent to the white farm buildings with the dry stone wall leading up to the cliffs on the other side of the island. The holding is good with a sand bottom.
Port Mor to the south 56° 49.6’ North 06° 13.0’ West
Port Mor is much easier to navigate with a clearly buoyed channel perches at the entrance and a Sectored Light. The holding in Port is also good with a sandy bottom.
Port Mor is an enjoyable 20 min walk from Gallanach. At Port Mor there is the Craft Shop and Tea Room for refreshments. Non-perishable items and Isle of Muck lamb are also available. Evening meals, made from local produce whenever possible, including shellfish, meat and vegetables, are available at the Craft Shop (01687 462990/460057) or Port Mor House Hotel (01687 462365). Please book meals well in advance.
Shower and wash facilities are available at the Community Hall (small charge). A toilet are also available at the Craft Shop.
Rum – Rum is a popular destination for yachts as it offers relatively safe, sheltered and shallow anchorage in Loch Scresort. There are no moorings at present and access to the village is preferred via the Old Pier as it’s closer to village services. The Old Pier had new safety features added in December 2011 including new ladders and handrails making it easier to use. You can also land your dinghy at the ferry terminal, but remember that it’s regularly used by ferries, so make sure you are aware of their timetables. Also please note that there is no gas station on Rum.