To get to the Isle of Eigg, you catch a ferry from Mallaig. Caledonian Macbrayne operates the Small Isles ferry service to Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna all year round. Additionally, during the summer months from late April to September you can travel from Arisaig. For ease, we've put both timetables one page, here, but there's more general information about ferry timetables and links below.
Ferry Cancellations - Eigg is an exposed island with occasionally extreme weather, even in the summer. Please be aware that ferries are sometimes cancelled. We recommend you take out travel insurance, if you don’t already have it, to cover any costs incurred due to travel problems. For information on what CalMac does and does not cover in the event of ferry cancellation, see the information on their Disruptions FAQ webpage.
We will pick you up and take you to your accommodation when you get to Eigg. We will also take you back to the ferry for your return home.
CalMac Summer Timetable 2019 - from 29th March to 21st October the Loch Nevis runs from Mallaig to Eigg six days a week. There is no ferry from Mallaig to or from Eigg on a Wednesday, but there is every other day. You can see the full timetable here. It's notoriously difficult to read, so if you have any questions about ferry travel please send us an email.
The day before and the morning of travel to Eigg, please check CalMac's Service Status in case there have been any changes.
There is a summer passenger ferry from Arisaig to Eigg every day from April to September operated by Arisaig Marine.
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. 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 servicebetween Fort William and Mallaig.
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. The East Bay car park is 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.
The night before you travel to Eigg...
Most of the ferries to Eigg are in the morning, so many of our guests stay in Mallaig, Arisaig or Fort William the night before they come over. You can a range of hotels and guesthouses in Mallaig and Arisaig on the Road to the Isles website. There are also lots of places to stay in Fort William, which is an hour's drive from Mallaig. The 0830 train from Fort William connects with most but not all of the ferries to Eigg
If are having problems finding somewhere, please do get in touch.
Sweeney's Bothy is up a very steep hill, accessible by an unmade path and is not suitable for wheelchairs. We will help you with your luggage, but please note (wonderful as they are) in most situations, suitcases on wheels struggle! The bed is accessible by a ladder. If you would rather sleep downstairs, we can provide a mattress.
The Shepherd's Hut is also situated on a slight slop and is accessible by a rough made track.
Laig Beach Bothy is on the flat, but accessible by a rough made track.
Weather on Eigg can be variable! It is always wise to check a weather forecast before you come here. Here are some of the weather websites that we use.
You are advised to take out your own travel insurance to cover cancellation due to travel delay or personal circumstances.
Isle of Eigg - the Isle of Eigg's main website has lots of information about things to do, places to go, the history, geology and archaeology of the island. There's also lots of info on places to eat, to buy arts and craft and enjoy a spot of adventure or learn new skills.
Eigg Adventures- for bike, kayak hire and archery lessons
Selkie Explorers- Selkie Explorers offers day, weekend and week long trips around Eigg, Small Isles, Outer Hebrides, St Kilda and beyond.
Galmisdale Bay - Cafe and Bar, near the Pier and 10 minutes walk from the Shepherd's Hut
Lageorna- restaurant 5 to 10 minutes walk from Sweeney's Bothy, 15 minutes from Laig Beach Bothy.
Isle of Eigg Shop and Post Office - near the pier, great stock of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish.