On and Around the Estate
Marino Lodge is situated within a large estate and with excellent hill walking on your doorstep. The many sandy coves and deserted beaches are within easy reach. The small fishing port of Mallaig is only 23 miles away and offers boat trips to the Western Isles and it is not unusual to spot seals and even whales on these crossings. A mere four miles away, at Glenuig, is a wonderful sandy beach and there are other beaches to discover and explore near by.
Fort William, at the foot of the imposing Ben Nevis, is 30 miles away and offers a range of facilities including shops, restaurants and a swimming pool. For the more adventurous, many special excursions and walks are only a short drive away. These include:
- Boating – boat trips are available in the local area
Colin Surman, our resident Manager, can help and advise you, on site, about fishing, stalking and clay pigeon shooting.
- Fishing – loch fishing and sea fishing from the rocks; sea trout fishing on the river and brown trout fishing from the hill lochs.
- Stalking – stag and hind
- Clay Pigeon Shooting
Many of these activities are only available by special arrangement with Sophie Neill or Colin Surman. Please discuss with us and let us know your preferences when you book.
The nearest course is Traigh.
There are ferries to Eigg, Rhum, Muck, Colonsay, Skye and other places. A very special ferry to Knoydart and then on to Tarbut, and back from Tarbut on foot if you have the energy! Yes the ferry will row you ashore. There is a steam train that you can pick up from Glenfinnan to take you to Mallaig.
Walks in the area
For a wide range of walks in the region visit the Walk Highland website.
Below are just a few ideas of things to do in the area during your stay at Marino Lodge.
This busy fishing port is within easy reach of the Lodge. The town has a Heritage Centre and Marine Aquarium. From Mallaig you can organise boat trips to the Western Isles, including Eigg, Canna, Muck and the RSPB reserve of Rhum. Seals are common sightings on these trips and you may even see whales.
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye website
This island can now be reached by bridge from Kyle further north, but the car ferry that runs from Mallaig (foot passengers only during the winter) is the most romantic way to go “over the sea to Skye”. The jagged mountains of the Cuillins provide a spectacular backdrop for the sightseer and a formidable challenge to the serious hill walker. Apart from the spectacular scenery, the island abounds with historical sites such as Dunvegan Castle and you will need to leave a full day just to get a taste of what is on offer.
For foot passengers the Macdonald Heritage House and Garden at Armadale are only 10 minutes walk from the Skye Ferry.
Knoydart Peninsular website
One of the remotest areas of the Highlands, the ferry from Mallaig is the main lifeline for this small community. There are some fantastic walks in the area and good freshly caught seafood is available at the pub in the village of Inverie where the ferry lands. The old wooden ferry serves as tourist transport, delivering the mail, food and other supplies. It also travels further up the loch, where you may be rowed ashore and take the long and romantic walk back to Mallaig.
Castle Tioram website
Travel south from Marino Lodge, past the magnificent sandy beach at Glenuig and you will find a small road leading to this beautiful castle with its majestic setting.
West Highland Railway
West Highland Railways website
The train journey along the West Highland Line that runs between Mallaig and Fort William ranks amongst the most spectacular in the world. In the summer you can do it the old fashioned way on the Jacobite Steam Train.
About 45 minutes east of Lochailort, on the A830, you will come across the beautiful Loch Sheil where Bonnie Prince Charlie is thought to have first landed on the Scottish Mainland. The monument at Glenfinnan commemorates this event and the visitor centre there gives an insight into the romantic but often bloody history of the Highlands.
Ben Nevis website
Towering above the “Outdoor Capital” of Fort William, Britain’s highest peak at over 4000 ft can easily be tackled within a day trip from Marino Lodge.
Nevis Range website
Close to Fort William you will also find the Nevis Range skiing area. The resort is Britain’s most modern and boasts the country’s only cable car which runs during the summer months as well as in the winter – an easy way to “climb” the slopes of Aonach Mor!
These are just a few ideas and you’ll find plenty to do in the area whatever your interests. Have a look at The Road To The Isles Website for more information.