Morar is perfect for a traditional beach holiday with children of all ages - its beaches are rated amongst the cleanest in Europe. It’s great for walking sailing, fishing or golfing for all ages. There are spectacular walks including one along the banks of Loch Morar, the deepest stretch of fresh water in Europe, and reputed home of Nessie’s sister Morag. Walkers can cut across the narrow isthmus to Loch Nevis and catch the MV Western Isles back to Morar. The MV Western Isles can also be used for day trips to Inverie on Knoydart, location of the The Old Forge, listed as one of only 3 of “Scotland’s bloody good pubs by Peter Irvine “The Best Of Scotland 2011” and with no roads in or out, an 18 mile hike over munros or a 7 mile sea crossing, the pub is the remotest on mainland Britain (Guinness book of records).
The beautifully picturesque West Coast Train Line on which the world famous Jacobite Steam Train runs right behind Half Moon Bay and can be seen from the rear kitchen and living room windows. The train runs slowly as there is a station in Morar just up the road from Half Moon Bay, and as there are only a handful of trains running per day, it remains a novelty - especially to my husband! The line runs from Mallaig to Fort William over the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter movies, this makes for an enjoyable day out without the need to drive. In fact readers of Wanderlust Magazine voted it as the world's best train journey!
The swimming pool in Mallaig has a varied timetable of events, with inflatable fun sessions and even kayak training. For those feeling energetic, kayaks and bicycles can be hired nearby. You can even hire sailing boats or a powered craft and enjoy a spot of fishing.
For golfers, the stunning 9 hole course at Traigh (pronounced Try) is just 5 minutes by car. "Probably the most beautifully sited nine-hole golf course in the world..." (The Scotsman newspaper). It has several signature holes and I live in hope of driving the chasm to the fairway on the second hole !
Things to see and do..........
Food and drink :
There are several excellent restaurants nearby and the Morar Hotel has recently re-opened with a lovely restaurant and bar. Another of our favourites is The Chlachain and the Cornerstone Restaurant in Mallaig. They can all become very busy especially in the holiday periods so it is wise to book ahead. If you are looking for an easy tea there is a fab Thai take away just up the road at Sunset, the food is freshly made so you need to give a couple of hours notice! There are also a couple of very tasty Fish and Chip shops in Mallaig, just beware of visiting them after the steam train arrives as they get very busy! If you are a keen cook then look no further than Andy Race where you can buy the freshest fish and seafood. A must try is the freshly cooked prawn tails - we love to take them to the beach with some crusty bread. Talking of bread there is a newly opened artisan bakery opened in the harbour of Mallaig but get there early as it sells out fast!
For essentials there are two modest but very well stocked supermarkets in Mallaig, here you can buy pretty much everything you need from the basics of fresh
bread and milk to all the ingredients for a special meal and a fine selection of wine or beer !