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.

Caledonian Macbrayne operates the Small Isles ferry service from Mallaig to Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna all year round.

Additionally, from late April to September you can also travel to Eigg from Arisaig with Arisaig Marine.

To make it simpler, we’ve put both ferry companies timetables on one page.

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 for the ferry

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.

Take the West Highland Line to Mallaig to travel the Glenfinnan Viaduct – used in the Harry Potter films for the Hogwarts Express. There’s a lot more to it than that, though. This is a side of Scotland you can only see from the train – a Great Scenic Rail Journey that carries you north along the west coast, through the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.  You’ll travel through a daunting landscape of mountains, steep-sided lochs, and heather moors. Keep an eye out for red deer, silhouetted on a skyline or half-hidden in the heather.

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.  It’s about ten to fifteen minute walk from the East Bay car park, so if there is more of one of you travelling, drop someone off at the CalMac office with your luggage before parking.

Getting round 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.