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Living in Mallaig

If you were to go on the best railway journey in the world you would find yourself in Mallaig.

Don’t just take our word for it. The West Highland Line from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Mallaig via Fort William was voted as the top railway journey, beating the famous Trans-Siberian in Russia and the Machu Picchu Line in Peru. The line features in Harry Potter films and the Jacobite steam train has carved out a very lucrative niche in the tourism market recreating this journey and Mallaig’s hospitality sector has benefitted as well. (You know you’ve settled into your new job and home in the West Highlands when you either sleep your way through, or meet an old friend, and spend the entire journey catching up on their gossip, without looking out of the window.)

Mallaig is a hub for its neighbouring smaller communities on the mainland and for islands. Caledonian MacBrayne – CalMac – ferries run to Armadale on Skye and to the Small Isles, Rum, Muck, Eigg and Canna, also to Lochboisdale on South Uist and smaller boats go to the remote Knoydart Peninsula and Tarbet on Loch Nevis.

Mallaig is a fishing port famous for its kippers and it was the arrival of the railway at the start of the 20th century which saw Mallaig begin to thrive. The port is still a busy one today. But long before the arrival of the railway or modern fishing fleets, the route from Fort William to Mallaig, now officially the A830, was known as, and always will be, The Road to the Isles, a road journey as magnificent as its more famous rail counterpart.

You can, in fact, walk from Mallaig to the centre of London: just walk to the station, catch the train to Fort William and cross to the platform where the Caledonain Sleeper is waiting. You will wake up next morning and enjoy breakfast before the train pulls into Euston Station.

Mallaig is as much a social hub as it is for transport. With two supermarkets, churches, a high school with a hostel for island pupils a swimming pool and leisure centre. Mallaig prides itself on its distance learning students, working through West Highland College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, for everything from leisure classes to degrees and vocational courses, especially marine certification courses for the fishing industry and RYA certificates. It is one of the most successful distance learning centres in the UK.

Tourism, hospitality, fishing and aquaculture, along with public sector council and NHS jobs form the backbone of employment in and around Mallaig. It is a town that is buzzing with activity and yet still maintains that famous laid-back West Highland approach to life; the craic in the local bars is great and expect some seriously good traditional music.

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