The Road to The Isles

The A830, known as the Road to the Isles (although in reality it forms only a part of that historic route), is a road in Lochaber, in the Highlands of Scotland, which connects the town of Fort William to the port of Mallaig from where a ferry can be taken over the sea to Skye.

The road passes through several small settlements, including Corpach, Glenfinnan Lochailort and Arisaig and bypasses the village of Morar. It is also the subject of the famous song with the well-known chorus:

Sure, by Tummel and Loch Rannoch
And Lochaber I will go.
By heather tracks wi' heaven in their wiles;
If it's thinkin' in your inner heart
Braggart's in my step,
You've never smelt the tangle o' the Isles.
O, the far Coolins are puttin' love on me.

As step I wi' my cromak to the lsles.

The "Road to the Isles" from Fort William to Mallaig, followed by both the West Highland Railway and the narrow, winding A830, crosses the mountains and glens of the Rough Bounds before reaching Arisaig onto a spectacularly scenic coast of sheltered inlets, stunning white beaches and beautiful views to the islands of Rùm, Eigg, Muck and Skye.

This is country commonly associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie, whose adventures of 1745-46 began and ended on this stretch of coast, with his raising of the standard at Glenfinnan in August 1745.

A popular destination for tourists, the Road to the Isles has a variety of accommodation along its length from small select hotels to bed and breakfasts. There are lots of places to visit, especially at Glenfinnan which has become popular because of the Harry Potter movies which featured the famous Glenfinnan viaduct.

Camus Darach Beach, near Morar

Glenfinnan sunset - loch Shiel

Fort William


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