Reliance II (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford
Mallaig, a bustling, thriving, incredibly beautiful port, is situated on the north west coast along the famous Road to the Isles. Very much a working fish port, Mallaig is a fabulous central base by which to explore this area of Scotland. The ferry to the Isle of Skye runs regularly and the isle is just a short hop across the Sound of Sleat. Founded in the 1840s, Lord Lovat, owner of North Morar Estate, divided up the farm of Mallaigvaig into seventeen parcels of land and encouraged his tenants to move to the western part of the peninsula and turn to fishing as a way of life. (UndiscoveredScotland.com)
Mallaig, Scotland (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford
The well known Jacobite steam train (featured in the Harry Potter movies) follows the famous Road to the Isles and operates in the summer months from Fort William to Mallaig, calling at Glenfinnan Station where visitors can visit the museum, have a meal in one of the old dining cars and even stay in one of the restored carriages.
The Jacobite Express aka Hogwarts Express (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford
The above photo of the Jacobite Express steam train was taken during a stop at Glenfinnan. Our guide said he wasn’t certain but “heard” that the train might be making its way through Glenfinnan while we were there. We were hopeful but doubtful. Within ten minutes or so we began to hear the puff-puff-puff of the train coming through the mountains. Finally, it came into view! Hogwarts Express!
Repairs (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford
Castles and gardens of Scotland were incredible experiences. However, I found that, for me, the simple pockets of crofts and fishing villages and hamlets spoke to me maybe even more so. This is real Scotland. This, these small places teeming with Highlanders and “outlanders” filled my cup to overflowing.
Fisherman and his granddaughter Sculpture, Port of Mallaig (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford
Here you see the statue in Mallaig Harbor of an 8 foot tall fisherman holding a young girl’s hand and pointing out to sea. This sculpture was given to the port of Mallaig by its sculptor Mark Rogers of Airor in Knoydart. Mr. Rogers originally used chicken wire base onto which he molded cement to make the figures. But when he found out the sculptures were going to be erected on Mallaig Pier he cut off the legs and cast them again in concrete in order to withstand the gales. (Road to the Isles.org)