Travel to Eigg

Donna the piper pipes away the Loch NevisTo get to the Isle of Eigg, you catch a ferry!   Please note that visitors cannot bring their vehicle to Eigg* – part of the joy of visiting our island is leaving your car behind.

CALMAC SUMMER FERRY FROM MALLAIG TO EIGG

Summer Timetable for Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferry from Mallaig to Eigg – valid from 26 April to 17 October 2021.  Click here to see the full timetable

IMPORTANT – Social distancing means the capacity of the CalMac ferry is restricted.  It is ESSENTIAL that you book and pay for your ticket in advance. Call CalMac on 01687 310240 option 2. We advise you do this as soon as you have booked and confirmed your accommodation.

Check that your ferry is running here or phone CalMac on 01687 310240 option 2.

ARISAIG MARINE MV SHEERWATER FROM ARISAIG TO EIGG

The Sheerwater operates between 1st May – 30th September 2021 and is operated by Arisaig Marine

There is one ferry to and from Eigg on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Saturday there are two ferries to and from Eigg. The journey from Eigg to Arisaig is via the Isle of Muck

You must book a ticket for the Sheerwater. Call 01687 450224 or email info@arisaig.co.uk

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SEE BOTH CALMAC & SHEERWATER TIMETABLES HERE

CHARTER

You could also charter a boat to bring you to Eigg.  Sailing yacht Selkie can pick you up from the mainland, or another island or boat accessible location.  Find out more and book your passage on the Selkie Explorers website.

GETTING TO MALLAIG OR ARISAIG

If you’re travelling to Mallaig or Arisaig by Scotrail train or CityLink coach, the main connections are through Glasgow and Fort William.

Considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world, the West Highland Line leaves Glasgow behind and delves deep into the wild west coast.

If you’re travelling by car, it’s about three and a half hours from Glasgow and four from Edinburgh, but for both you should add at least 45 minutes for slow traffic and/or weather delays.  Shiel Buses run a local bus service between Fort William and Mallaig (free travel for over 60s with concession card.)

A useful web site to visit is www.travelinescotland.com which has a journey planner and all the timetables (contact 0871 200 22 33).

PARKING IN MALLAIG

There are two long stay car parks in Mallaig – East and West Bays.  Give yourself PLENTY of time to find a parking space, particularly in the summer as it can get very busy.  The West Bay car park is at the Mallaig and Morar Community Centre car park on the left just as you come into the village. It’s a five minute walk to the ferry terminal. There is a £10 charge for using the West Bay Car Park while you’re on Eigg which you can book and pay for through RingGo

Parking in the East Bay car park is free, but it’s further around the bay, through the village and is about ten to fifteen minute walk to the pier, so if there is more of one of you travelling, drop someone off at the CalMac office with your luggage before parking.

GETTING AROUND ON EIGG

We don’t have any public transport on the island, but Eigg’s only wee and you’re only ever a couple of miles from anywhere you might want to go.   If you don’t want to walk, you can hire a bike from Eigg Adventures, call Charlie on 01687 482404 for a taxi.

With the exception of Blue Badge holders, visitor cars are not permitted on Eigg. For more information or to apply for a Blue Badge permit, go to Highland Council Small Isles Vehicle Permit Scheme

*Before you think about applying for a temporary permit, please ask yourself whether it is absolutely necessary.  Please help Eigg manage sustainable traffic levels and leave your car on the mainland if possible.  Residents are generous in offering lifts to those in need of transport and Eigg has bike hire, taxi hire and mini-bus service. So please be considerate of our limited infrastructure and apply for a permit only if you really need one.