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Glenfinnan | The world-renowned story of Bonnie Prince Charlie 's fight for the British throne gathered momentum at Glenfinnan where he raised the Jacobite standard and rallied his clansmen for battle.
Mallaig | At the end of the ‘Romantic Road to the Isles’ and the West Highland Railway Line lies Mallaig, just over an hour from Fort William. To go further afield, board one of the ferries either to Skye or to the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna.
Morar | As the Atlantic Ocean rolls in past the Small Isles, its azure shallows tumble on to sparkling white beaches which have long lured photographers and film-makers – none more so than the stretches from Traigh Beach to the silver sands of Morar where 'Local Hero' and 'Highlander' were filmed.
Arisaig | This is the area where the renowned west coast sunset can be enjoyed at its best. There can be no more magical sight than the sun as it disappears behind the islands in a riot of pink, red and purple, setting the mountains of Rum and Skye ablaze with colour.
Lochailort | Loch Ailort cuts its way in from the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The loch, with its clean and sheltered waters was where Scottish fish farming was pioneered. Just a mile further north at Polnish the road passes the old white church which was used in the film 'Local Hero'.
The Small Isles | Unlike many groups each island is distinct and different in geography, agronomy, population and ownership. From Muck in the south, through Eigg with its tooth-like Sgurr, and Rum, mountainous and mysterious in the clouds, to Canna in the north, the Islands offer a wonderful variety of scenery, wildlife and lifestyle.
Knoydart | The Knoydart peninsula is only accessible by boat from Mallaig or by a 20 mile hike on foot. A wonderful area for walking and camping, this is truly a miles-from-anywhere, get-away-from-it-all place. The Old Forge has the accolade of being the most remote pub in mainland Britain

Shopping | Western Isles Cruises

Knoydart Ferry - About Us

We can offer wildlife cruises, day trips to the Small Isles and Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula. Departing from Mallaig, The MV Western Isles gives you the chance to see the stunning and remote scenery of Scotland's amazing west coast also known as “Europe’s Last Wilderness”.

The Western Isles is also a regular link with Inverie, so on some trips you will find a mixture of Scottish daily life which you wouldn’t see on a boat primarily used just by tourists. Sharing the journey with shopping and supplies for 60+ people provides you with an added glimpse of life for this remote community.

We also have a history too, as MV Western Isles has been running a passenger service from Mallaig since the 1950’s. She was originally intended for use by the Admiralty as a supply vessel for larger naval ships. Surplus to requirements she was purchased by Bruce Watt Snr, towed to Edinburgh as just a bare hull and there fitted out for her new status as a passenger vessel.

You are likely to see a variety of wildlife such as Sea Birds, Basking Sharks, Seals, Porpoises and Eagles. Sometimes you can also spot Minke Whales on our trips across to the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum & Canna.

The Western Isles is skippered by Tony Macrae with over 20 years’ experience sailing these waters. Together with our three man crew Tommy, Ryan & Nathan and our relief skipper Bruce Watt, we have a fantastic team, always on hand to help and ready with a quip and plenty of banter.
We are always happy to hear from you, whether enquiring about sailing times, scheduled trips, or private charters. Please do visit our Facebook page and leave a photo and a mention of your time with us.

Sailing Schedule

April - October Monday - Friday Knoydart Ferry
Depart Mallaig 10.15am Arrive Inverie 11.00am
Depart Inverie 11.00am Arrive Mallaig 11.50am
Depart Mallaig 2.15pm Arrive Inverie 3.00pm
Depart Inverie 3.00pm Arrive Tarbet 3.30pm
Depart Tarbet 3.30pm Arrive Inverie 4.15pm
Depart Inverie 4.15pm Arrive Mallaig 5.00pm

May - October Monday - Friday 1 Hour Cruises (Lunchtime)
Depart Mallaig 12.45pm Arrive Mallaig 13.45pm
Plenty of time to catch the Steam Train

June - August Monday - Friday 1 Hour Cruises (Evening)
Depart Mallaig 17.15pm Arrive Mallaig 18.15pm

June - August Saturday & Sunday Wildlife Cruises
Depart Mallaig 12.45pm Arrive Mallaig 13.45pm
Depart Mallaig 14.00pm Arrive Mallaig 16.00pm

Bring your own food or a local takeaway to enjoy with a drink from our bar.

See full yearly Sailing Schedule on our website and keep up with what's going on via our Facebook page.


Mallaig to Inverie Anytime Day Return £15
Day Sail Inc Tarbet Return £20
Mallaig/Inverie One Way £10
1 Hour Wildlife Cruise £10
Children 5-15 yrs. Half Price
Children under 5 Free and Dogs
Push Bike £2
Kayak £5

Contact Us

MV Western Isles Cruises LTD Mallaig Harbour
Tel: 01687 462 233 or 07939 386 330
Email: [email protected]
Web sites:
Find us on Facebook, Instagram & Tripadvisor
Bookings can be made at our ticket office located on Mallaig Harbour, over the phone or online via our website.
For Private Hire bookings please call Virginia on 01687 462 233. Max capacity 81 passengers.
Toilets and a Fully Licensed Bar.
Food Available for Private Hires.


Western Isles
The Pier Office Mallaig
PH41 4QD

Tel: 01687 462233 / 07939386330

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