Things to Do
Morar's location makes it a fantastic hub for exploring the western edge of Scotland. Despite its rural setting, Morar has excellent ferry links to the Hebridean Isles and the regular train service to the tourist town of Fort William means you can venture as far afield as you like.
With the rolling countryside on Morar's doorstep there is a lot for visitors to do in the area. Whether you like walking, shopping, exploring or are looking for something sporty to do there is something nearby!
Morar and Mallaig have a selection of events on throughout the year too including Highland Games, where you can get a real sense of true Scottish sports and craft fairs where you can buy some hand crafted souvenirs to take home.
Located just 40 minutes from Fort William, the outdoor capital of Scotland, there is plenty of activities readily available close by throughout the year.
The Great Outdoors
Cruise to the Small Isles
Mallaig Ferry Terminal operates regular cruises to Knoydart Peninsula and the other small Isles of Eigg, Rum and Muck which you can easily explore in a day! Boats also operate to the small town of Armadale on the Isle of Skye where you can go on a sea safari and spot whales or dolphins.
With both salmon and large ferox trout, Loch Morar offers a range of fishing to visitors including fishing from the banks or fly fishing from boats. Guided fishing service is also available and boats can be hired for full or half days to accommodate your needs.
Fishing season of Loch Morar runs from 15th March 2012 – 6th October 2012.
Situated approximately 10 minutes away from Morar is Traigh Golf Course on the outskirts of Arisaig. The course is one of the most beautiful in Scotland, with white sandy beaches running alongside and breathtaking views to the Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum. The 9 hole course offers something for all levels of golfer and offers all the traditional challenges of a classic seaside links. Visitors are welcome and it is not normally necessary to book.
The club house is open from the beginning of April to the end of October.
Due to the rough surrounding terrain, shooting of game birds and deer stalking is practised in the local area. There are local estates that organise shooting parties which must be arranged in advance. Ask our staff who have a wealth of local knowledge for more details.
The Jacobite Steam Train
Travelling from Fort William to Mallaig, The Jacobite Steam Train is described as being one of the best railway journeys in the World. The Jacobite, which provided the steam train and carriages used as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter blockbusters, will take you on an 84 mile round trip past lots of impressive scenery. The journey visits the base of the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain as well as the short river before arriving at the deepest seawater loch in Europe. Depending on what time of year you visit there are various departure times. This is one journey which is not to be missed!
A few miles south of Morar in Arisaig, the Kayak Centre have both sea kayaks and Canadian canoes (open boats) available to hire for half days, full days, multi-days or even a week. With some of the most beautiful scenery in the World, the large coastline offers numerous places to paddle to and explore including secluded beaches. If you want a bit more of a relaxed paddle then venture to Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater Loch in the UK. Once your all paddled out, head to Britain’s remotest pub – The Old Forge, Inverie, Knoydart for a well deserved rest. Guided tours are also available if you want an expert with great local knowledge.
Contact 01687 4702198 for more details.
The surrounding area of Morar is a haven for all walkers with an array of routes right on the doorstep. Local Ranger, Angus MacIntyre produced a booklet of 15 walking routes in the area, including maps and full route descriptions which are available from a variety of local shops for a nominal charge. There is a walk for everyone, whether it is along the white sandy beaches or a tougher route or a full day trek. If you don’t fancy adventuring around the area alone, the local Ranger offers guided walks between May and September which have to be booked in advance.
Arisaig Craft Fairs
Taking place at Astley Hall, Arisaig on July 30th between 11am and 3pm, the craft fair offers a large selection of handmade products made by local craftworkers and artists. On offer is photography, picture framing, celtic gifts, jewellery, textiles, leatherwork, wood turning, cards, lacework, shell wreaths, horticulture and local produce.
Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
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Arisaig Highland Games and Clanranald Gathering
Taking place on Wednesday 31st July at Traigh Farm, Arisaig, The Highland Games and Clanranald Gathering kicks off from 10:30am with a parade through the village to the games. Throughout the day there is a range of events including highland dancing, ceremonial parade, art competition, heavy events, childrens events, ceilidh and pipe music, a hill race and The Hunky Dory.
If you want to experience a true, Scottish event then the Arisaig Highland Games and Clanranald Gathering is definatley worth going to.
Mallaig and Morar Highland Games
Taking place at Lovat Memorial Field in Morar on Sunday 4th August, The Mallaig and Morar Highland Games are a small but extremely friendly event with lots to see and do. Events include a Junior Highland Games, piping, solo piping, highland dancing, athletics, international relay race as well as lots of childrens entertainment.
Contact: 01324 552841
Glenfinnan Highland Games and Gathering
Running from 1130am - 5pm, The Annual Glenfinnan Highland Games and Gathering focus on celebrating a way of life which is now long gone. Locals and visitors celebrate on the closest Saturday to the 19th of August (this year its held on the 17th) and envisage what it must have been like on the day in August 1745 when the Prince raised his Standard.
The gathering opens with a speech from the Cheiftan of the Games and features highland dancers, pipers, ceilidh music and sports events.
Isle of Eigg Craft and Produce Fair
A short boat ride from Morar is the Isle of Eigg who host a craft and produce fair in the Community Hall every Monday from June 4th to September 3rd. The fair has local craftworkers, artists, gardeners and bakes who produce a range of memorabilia, trinkits, knitwear, jewellery, books and herbal body care products.
The fair is definately worth a visit if you want to buy some true Scottish gifts to take home with you.
Morar Celebrates 110th Birthday
Built in 1902, The Morar Hotel celebrated its 110th Birthday thisd summer. Originally starting out life as the ...