A small island big on renewable energy: cycle or kayak to explore it, or hike up Sgurr for views to Skye and the other isles.
You can't miss Eigg's most distinctive feature, the pitchstone peak of the Sgurr, as you approach on the ferry. The walk to the top of the mountain takes about two hours, and the panoramic views from the top are spectacular. Go hunting for seashells at Galmisdale bay, or take a picnic to Laig Bay for the afternoon.
Eigg is big on renewable energy, and is on track to be the first self-sufficient island in the world. In keeping with its green ethos, you can hire bikes and kayaks to explore the best of the island.
The ferry to Eigg runs on the Small Isles route, from the port of Mallaig.
Get the ferry to Eigg from Mallaig on the mainland. You must make an online booking for passengers and also if you're bringing your bike, please add your bike(s) to your booking, - this means that you have more certainty about space. This ticket will remain free of charge. If you are taking a vehicle you must have a permit to travel ( see timetable for more information) and contact the Mallaig Office directly.
Vehicle reservations are recommended on these routes. You can book travel online, and when you do, you'll immediately receive an eTicket direct to your inbox - ready to board.
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Mallaig is a port on the North West coast, and makes a great base for your adventures on the Isles.
Mallaig is roughly 3 hours 30 minutes from Glasgow, or 4 hours from Edinburgh by car. There are no EV charging points on the Small Isles however three rapid charging points are available in Mallaig at the West Bay Car Park, approximately 300m from the Terminal Building.
Mallaig Port: PH41 4QD
From Glasgow it is possible to catch the train direct to Mallaig, on one of the World's most beautiful train journeys. The fastest train takes 5 hours 14 minutes and includes a crossing on the famous Glenfinnan viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films. Check Journey Planner for train times.
Mallaig is easily reached by bus from Glasgow with a change in Fort William. Check out our Journey Planner for more details.
The Isle of Eigg is the second largest of the Small Isles archipelago among the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It's just less than six miles long and 3.1 miles wide, but the sloping ridge known as the Sgurr runs through the island like the backbone of a giant prehistoric creature. There are a few sites of historic value that include Iron Age forts, a 6th century Christian church and even a Viking burial mound.
Mountain biking is the perfect way to explore the Small Isles. Eigg has over 12 miles of roads and 4DW tracks. Cleadale in the north allows access to Laig Beach with its amazing views of Rum and Skye. Kildonan in the south-east leads you to a historic burial ground known as Cladh Manach,where it's said to contain the remains of St Donnan and his fellow monks. Myth tells of the killings being carried out by giant female warriors who lived on the Sgurr that dominates the Eigg skyline.
If you're bringing your bike, please add your bike(s) to your booking, - this means that you have more certainty about space. This ticket will remain free of charge.
Bike hire is available on the island, check out the Isle of Eigg for more information.
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