Destination Inspiration: Mallaig, Scotland, UK

Destination Inspiration: Mallaig, Scotland, UK

Though it’s best known as a gateway to Skye, the bustling port town of Mallaig makes a great staycation pit stop in its own right. Expect hot tubs overlooking the northern lights, fresh seafood restaurants and Scotland’s west-coast beaches that rival the Mediterranean.


Mallaig, Scotland

Why now?

Considering planning an abroad holiday right now is like trying
to avoid the banana skins on a game of Mario Kart; we’re playing it
safe and heading to the bonny beaches hidden in the Scottish

Though it’s known as the launch point for trips across the

Isle of Skye
, the port town of Mallaig shouldn’t be overlooked
as a destination in its own right. Mornings are best spent watching
fishermen haul in their catch before taking the easy walk along the
Mallaig circuit – you’ll enjoy views over the harbour and Loch

Don’t miss

… visiting the Silver Sands of Morar. The beachscape will trick
you into thinking you’ve flown to the Med. Why did you even
consider boarding a plane in the first place?

Where to stay

Knoydart Hide has all the bells and whistles
you’d expect from a design-driven cabin in the middle of nowhere.
We’re talking: hot-tub with views of the northern lights, a sauna
and a freestanding bathtub overlooking the forest. It’s as romantic
as it gets. For something a little more rustic, try this bothy at Kylesmorar. It’s only
accessible by boat and is so remote you’ll be given a walkie talkie
to communicate

Where to go for dinner

The Cornerstone. Not to be confused with the hit
Hackney outpost that shares its name, this tiny seafood restaurant
serves up platters of langoustines, monkfish and sole that have
been caught just across the harbour. If chef Cameron’s sticky
toffee pudding is on the menu, order it. And don’t even think about

And for a drink…

Hunker down next to the roaring fire at the Chlachain Inn. If local ale isn’t your thing, you’ll
be impressed with the small-batch gin on offer.

Who to take with you

Someone with great taste in music. You’ll be stuck in a car with
them for hours.

When to go

Sure, the Silver Sands might conjure memories of summers spent
pootling around the Mediterranean, but blustery beach walks in
and November
are our jam.

Essentials to pack

Aside from a brolly? These Chloé Franne ankle boots make for a chic
walking companion.

How to get there

If you’re combining a pit stop in Mallaig with a Highland road
trip then it’s merely an hour’s detour from Fort William.
Otherwise, take a direct train from Glasgow to Mallaig station
where you can pick up a bike to pedal across the sands.

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