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Written by Robert Clarke - 16 Feb 2006
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Location notes
The one of the most westerly stations on the Scottish mainland (Arisaig being the most westerly) this station is located at the far northern end of the West Highland Line, and serves the small West Coast fishing port. The nearest town is Fort William, the nearest city is Inverness, although to reach it requires traveling in a car or bus via Fort William!
Railway type and traffic
At the moment, there are only passenger trains, and the regular ones are operated by class 156 units of First Scotrail.
The West Highland Line is popular with Railtours, and these can bring all sorts of locomotives, eg 37, 47, 50. The Royal Scotsman also frequents the station which may produce a 33 soon. The Jacobite steam train provides some variety during the summer.
Environment
Situated on both the coast, and in the west highlands, Mallaig suffers all weathers. The best advice is to be prepared for anything that the weather can throw at you.
Road directions
From Fort William, follow the road signs for Mallaig (A830). There is only one road to Mallaig. About 6 miles of this road is single track with passing places, so do take care.

Due to the nature of the road it is not advisable to drive if snow is forecast or if it is snowing.

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Mallaig map co-ordinates
Parking
There is no parking at the station. However, there are car parks nearby. Do watch however, as some spaces are time restricted, e.g. 30 mins only.
Public transport
Best to take the train. First Scotrail has train times. If you decide to take the bus, best contact traveline on 0870 608 2 608.

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Amenities
As Mallaig is a fishing port, there are plenty of restaurants, and some offer the latest catch as well! All restaurants have toilets. There are also toilets at Mallaig station.

There is a co-op supermarket opposite the station, and up a side street is a Spar supermarket, and a chemist.

Tourist Information is a short walk away from the station.
Accommodation
Accommodation is limited in Mallaig. Best to actually make a day trip to Mallaig, and to stay elsewhere, eg Fort William.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Mallaig

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Mallaig general view map
Mallaig close up map

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Photographic notes
As well as the station platform, the road coming into Mallaig passes the station. So, by walking back along this road, you can get alternative shots to the ones shown here. This is useful for locomotive hauled trains. There is also a gate located left of the station. You will not be able to open the gate, but stand at the gate, and another view is available.


General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 3 - Looking north east


Fig 3 - Looking north east


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