39 Top Things to Do in Arisaig (2024)

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What are the top things to do in Arisaig? Here’s my bullet list of Arisaig things to do. I’ll be expanding it over time but thought I may as well throw this up for people to use in the meantime!

It’s not a complete list as there are lots more walks and places to eat, etc. but hopefully there’s enough to keep you going. There’s also a link to a leaflet of more walks in the Mallaig, Arisaig and Morar at the bottom.

Arisaig Things To Do

  • Get some target practice at Arisaig Archery – see more here
  • Visit Lands, Sea and Islands Centre – learn local history, do kids’ activities, watch wildlife, buy gifts, local books, etc – see more here
  • Have elevenses at the Boathouse Cafe at Arisaig Marina with a wonderful view
  • Take a boat trip to Muck
  • Go sea kayaking – with Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre or bring your own
  • Book Arisaig Scenic Boat tour – see more here
  • Sail off to Eigg for one of their many special events-check Arisaig Marine social media or Boathouse Cafe notice board for special sailings and see more of Eigg here
  • Watch the Jacobite Steam Train – see more here
  • Play a round of golf at Traigh Golf Club
  • Enjoy lunch at retro music-themed Soundbites (next to the Spar)
  • Climb Creag Mhor (the big hill at the back) – start from near Arisaig Station or under the railway bridge down the KInloid road (not suitable for campervans)
  • Walk to Rhu
  • Look for crabs around Arisaig Marina
  • Have a shellfish picnic on Camusdarach beach from Arisaig Shellfish Shack
  • Enjoy live music and good food at the Crofters Rest, Arisaig Hotel
  • Visit the woodland garden with native and exotic plants Larachmor Garden
  • Hire a bike at Arisaig Hotel and cycle along the coast road to Morar and along the loch side to the Chapel of Inverbeg – order tasty bread or pastries from Arisaig Bread Shed to take for your lunch
  • Take a train to Glenfinnan Station for scenic views, visit Glenfinnan Station Museum, have coffee and cake at the converted train compartment cafe, watch the steam train come in, take a walk down the hill to the monument and visitor centre – see more here or book train here

Drop your ideas of other top things to do in Arisaig in the comments below

Morar Things to Do

  • Walk from Loch Morar to Tarbet and ferry back to Mallaig – see more here
  • Swing from trees on rope swings at Silver Sands of Morar
  • Go pony trekking on Silver Sands of Morar – visit Silver Sands Trekking Centre
  • Kayaking and paddle boarding on Loch Morar (bring your own) – see more here
  • Go fishing on Loch Morar (alone or guided fishing trip) – see more here
  • Explore the northern shore of the bay
  • Watch the sunset over drinks on the terrace at Morar Hotel
  • Climb up to Morar Viewpoint
  • Order Thai Food from Sunset Morar

Drop your ideas of other best things to do in Morar in the comments below

Mallaig Things to Do

  • Visit Haggard Alley Harry Potter Shop (and buy!) – see more here
  • Visit Mallaig Heritage Centre – near Mallaig train station
  • Do the Circular Walk – starting from near the harbour up to Mallaig Bheag
  • Take a boat trip to Inverie and explore Knoydart – see more here
  • Have a spa and sauna at Mallaig Pool & Leisure Centre
  • Eat fish and chips sitting on a bench at the harbour – lots of choices where to buy
  • Watch the Jacobite/Harry Potter Steam train come in at Mallaig Station
  • Book a private rib boat tour with Western Isles Cruises
  • Spend a day at sea – if your kids enjoy ferry rides, take the Calmac ferry to Canna and Rum and back
  • Buy a tasty graze box or picnic at a horse box (yes, really!) and sit up on the hill above Mallaig to enjoy the view – (take the road towards Mallaig Bheag) visit Bloom & Graze
  • Take the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William – book well in advance in the summer
  • Charter a private yacht to hidden beaches and cook seafood fresh out the water with Minch Adventures

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Visit the Road to the Isles website or Visit Scotland website for more information on where to visit on the way up to Arisaig and in the islands.

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Comments

  1. Concerts and events at the Stley Hall – Arisaig

    1. Thanks for that! I see there’s a concert coming up soon too

  2. Sorry! Typo! Astley Hall!

  3. There are a lot of terrific ideas in your post. But I have to say, taking a private yacht to hidden beaches and then having a freshly cooked seafood meal sounds amazing!

  4. This is one of my favourite areas in Scotland and we have visited many times, usually staying in the campervan at one of the campsites in Arisaig. Love it! Having said that, there are still quite a few things on this list that I have not done. Just a reason to keep going back! Have seen the Jacobite Express going over the Glenfinnan viaduct several times. It is such a magnificent sight. Did you see Julie Walters on the train on TV last night? She is a hoot! I have yet to actually travel on the train. I need to be more organised and book tickets in advance!

    1. Oh no, I didn’t see that. I love watching the train pass in various spots. Campsites in Arisaig are the best!

  5. What a beautiful place! I live in the US and have some Scottish ancestry. Planning a trip one day will have to include Arisaig!

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