Returning to Fort William, it’s ‘All Aboard’ the Jacobite steam train to complete your trip on the West Highland Line, a journey starred with film associations. Rattling past the silver sands of Morar you’re on the set of Local Hero and Highlander, while this is the train for wizard passengers in the Harry Potter movies, memorably puffing across the Glenfinnan Viaduct en route to Hogwarts rather than Mallaig.
Tick off Britain’s deepest freshwater loch (Loch Morar), shortest river (River Morar) plus the deepest seawater loch in Europe (Loch Nevis) along the shore where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 – and fled a year later after defeat at Culloden. On a clear day, you can glimpse the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna – plus your day’s final destination, the Isle of Skye.
As a working fish port, Mallaig offers superlative seafood for your lunch – including a spot Scotland’s Sunday Post hailed as “one of the best fish suppers in Scotland!”. Suitably fed, it’s time for the halfhour ferry jaunt “over the sea” to Skye. As you approach, enjoy distant previews of the jagged peaks of Cuillin, the epic mountain range that crowns the island.
After arrival, choose to explore atmospheric Armadale Castle (its 1790s manor house was clan home of the MacDonalds) or head for the new Torabhaig distillery to learn about a local dram expertly crafted to balance fruity notes and peaty smoke.
Your Accommodation on Skye
Built as a 19th century hunting lodge, your characterful locally owned hotel blends period features with contemporary style. Locally sourced food and a grand location make this a wonderful stop. Dinner is included on both nights of your stay here.