Derryfad Self Catering Cottage Arisaig

Activities & Things to Do

Minke WhaleBoat Trips

There are day trips available locally from Arisaig, Mallaig and Glenfinnan.

Arisaig Marine operates day trips to the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum and Muck on the MV Sheerwater and as well as the timetable allowing for time on the islands you may also find your trip varies when whales and dolphins are sighted as the boat slows allowing you time to see these wonderful creatures and for photo opportunities. In addition the experience of the crew on board enables you to have an educational trip as they have a wealth of knowledge of the wildlife in the waters in this part of the world.

From the harbour in Mallaig there are trips to various destinations such as Knoydart, Loch Nevis, the Small Isles and the Isle of Skye. There is a regular car ferry service to Skye from Mallaig all year round.

In Glenfinnan a boat trip up Loch Shiel on the MV Sileas can be taken from the end of March to early October. In the summer months there are special cruises featuring ceilidh nights.


Walking to suit everyone is available whether it be gentle strolls along the beaches which surround Arisaig or on the numerous mountains which surround this special part of the world, not least Ben Nevis in nearby Fort William. Organised walks are available in the summer months with the local ranger and this is also an excellent opportunity to find out more about the local history.


Camus Darach Beach

As well as being able to swim in the wonderful beaches in the surrounding area there is also a modern swimming pool and gym in the village of Mallaig nearby.


Golfing at Traigh Golf course is an amazing experience as the 9 hole course is right beside the sea overlooking the islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye. Green fees are good value and clubs can be hired at the club house.

Jacobite Steam Train

Jacobite Steam Train"The Jacobite" steam train runs daily from Fort William to Mallaig and back between mid May and mid October. (It only runs at weekends during the months of July and August). This train is famous for its appearances in the Harry Potter films.

The train does stop at Glenfinnan station overlooking Loch Shiel headed by the famous monument which was erected in 1815 to mark the place where Prince Charlie raised his standard at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. The train also takes in the station at Arisaig which is the most westerly station on the mainland and has stunning views over the marina and bay and islands of Eigg and Rhum. Time is also available in Mallaig before the return journey to Fort William and with time out in Mallaig at lunch-time. There are photo opportunities throughout this journey.


Bikes are available locally for hire.

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayak Highlands specialises in providing an amazing kayak experience either to groups or to individuals. Packages are available for individual or multi-day hire.

Loch MorarFishing

If you have your own rod, fishing can be tried at the river Caimbe at the bottom of the croft, alternatively fishing is available at Loch Morar. Fishing is also available in the hill lochs of CraigMhor in Arisaig itself.

Nevis Range

Nevis Range is situated in Fort William just over an hour's drive and offers activities for all the year round.

Skiing, snowboarding, sledging, climbing and walking are all offered at this excellent facility. The mountain is accessed by a gondola.  All equipment can be hired at at the base station on site or online.

For those biking enthusiasts there is a range of superb tracks and forest trails offering some of the best terrain in the country. There is a route to suit those looking for a gentle family trail and also those looking for international standard race routes and everything in between. Bikes are available for hire at the base station.

This year a new High Wire Adventure activity opened which is designed for both family fun or for those wishing more challenging adventures.

Day Trips

Arisaig is very well situated for day trips to the Isle of Skye which you can either visit by ferry from Mallaig or drive up to the Skye Bridge.

Alternatively you could travel to the lighthouse on the Ardnamurchan peninsula which is the most westerly point of the British Mainland.

The towns of Oban and Inverness are also all worthy of a day trip.

Local Hotels and Restaurants

Cnoc Na Faire Hotel is very popular locally and is less than five minutes walk from the property. Meals are served both in the bar or restaurant.

In the village of Arisaig there is The Old Library, Café Rhu, the Tearoom at the pier and the Arisaig Hotel all serving a range of snacks, home baking and meals throughout the day and evening.

The nearby village of Mallaig also offers a variety of cafés, restaurants, bars and take-away shops.

If you would prefer to eat in there are excellent fish shops in Mallaig, one of which, Lawrie’s, has just won a national award for their smoked seafood products.

"Smashing holiday, lovely cottage and views, wildlife and boat trips to local islands wonderful"


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