April 05, 2011

Sunrise, Sunset: Arisaig, Mallaig, and Morar

Arisaig Sunset, originally uploaded by amcgdesigns.



Honestly, these are some of the most beautiful pictures that I have put on this blog! Someone had better nominate at least one of them for the Best of Britain. 


Sunrise, originally uploaded by amcgdesigns.



Arisaig is a little village in Lochaber, and its train station in the most westerly on the British mainland. Tourism is big here, and no wonder! The scenery is absolutely fantastic with stunning scenery and great beaches. It's actually quite close to the Western Isles, which we covered a while back. The legendary Scottish Gaelic poet
 Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair died in Arisaig in 1770. He is known to be buried in the village's Roman Catholic cemetery.



Rum from Morar/Arisaig, originally uploaded by Hugh Spicer.




Mallaig, a port in Lochaber, was founded in the 1840s. Fishing has been a way of life for the inhabitants ever since, and it is now the main commercial fishing port on the West Coast of Scotland. When it was the busiest herring port in Europe, Mallaig prided itself for its traditionally smoked kippers. Some places look familiar? The Mallaig railway is used during the filming of the Harry Potter series of films, and the Hogwarts Express can often be seen in the summer during periods of filming. Many other local areas are used for location filming.


Morar Sunset Panorama, originally uploaded by silverlarynx.



Morar is famous for its amazing beach, called "The White Sands of Morar", which is prominently featured in a couple different movies. Where else in this part of the world can you see such crystal clear turquoise water, framed by dramatic rocks and sparkling white sands? It doesn't exactly evoke images of kilted bagpipers amongst the heather.


5 comments:

  1. Wow, these pictures are amazing:)

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  2. Abby, I haven't exhausted Scotland by any means but as a tourist rather than a mountaineer, this for me is the most outstanding area of Scotland. I voye Best of Britain. I was first made aware of it via the Fort William to Mallaig railway line & consequently used it on many an occasion although never on the steam train. I had the privilege of using the car once on the torturous Road to the isles (it was an all day round trip from Spean Bridge) and it was unbelievable to sit on the white (or silver) sands of Morar for a short time. I found a couple of video clips that give a flavour of being there. The second one is by a steam railway enthusiast but he gives a little picture of the Mallaig to Glenfinnan section. Enjoy.

    ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBz4Qd_EX-8&feature=fvwrel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hhOqPCctdU&feature=related

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  3. sorry I missed the h from the beginning of the first address and just to say you have done the area proud with the choice of pictures particularly catching the island of Rum.

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  4. Thank you, J and Toyin! I really appreciate the feedback :)

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  5. Most famous film (maybe not in the States, though) filmed on location round here is "Local Hero" (Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert).

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