Mallaig (/ˈmælɪɡ/ (listen);Scottish Gaelic: Malaig [ˈmal̪ˠɛkʲ] derived from passÐ¹ Norse “Mel Vik”, meaning sand dune bay) is a harbor in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. The local railway station, Mallaig, is the terminus of the West Highland railway line (Fort William and Mallaig branch) and the town is partnered to Fort William by the A830 road – the “Road to the Isles”.
The village of Mallaig was founded in the 1840s, when Lord Lovat, owner of North Morar Estate, divided happening the farm of Mallaigvaig into seventeen parcels of house and encouraged his tenants to upset to the western portion of the peninsula and tilt to fishing as a way of life. The population and local economy expanded gruffly in the 20th century in the same way as the start of the railway.Ferries operated by Caledonian MacBrayne and Western Isles Cruises sail from the port to Armadale upon the Isle of Skye, Inverie in Knoydart, and the isles of Rùm, Eigg, Muck, and Canna. Mallaig is the main commercial fishing port upon the West Coast of Scotland, and during the 1960s was the busiest herring port in Europe. Mallaig prided itself at that time on its well-known traditionally smoked kippers, the fishmonger Andy Race still providing real oak smoked kippers from the factory shop on the harbour. Mallaig and the surrounding Place is a popular area for holidays.
The majority of the community speaks English, with a minority of residents speaking both English and Gaelic. In addition, traditional Gaelic is still taught in Mallaig Primary School to pupils who pick to learn the language.