Cheap Hotels in Arisaig
The Old Library Lodge and Restaurant Hotel
Hotels in Arisaig
Arisaig is a picturesque little village on the windswept west coast of Inverness-shire, Scotland. Sheltered from the sea by the Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig means ‘the safe place' in Scots Gaelic.
Arisaig was once a thriving town. However, in 1801, as part of the Highland Clearances, many residents were forcibly shipped to Canada in order to make way for grazing sheep. A walk around the outskirts of town will uncover some eerie ruins, and through the thick bracken you can see all that remains of the crofter communities who used to inhabit the area. Never fear, though – the village has been reinvigorated by a number of developments that have breathed fresh life into Arisaig while still maintaining its secluded charm.
The modern Harbour Office is where you can catch a ferry to the islands. It also houses a lovely tearoom and gift shop. The tearoom offers homemade cakes, organic ice cream and delicious smoothies, along with lovely teas and coffees. From the gift shop you can purchase guides and maps for your exploration of the local area, as well as fishing equipment for all you amateur anglers.
After tea and cake, wander in to the middle of the village and visit the Land, Sea and Islands Centre. Opened in 1999, in what used to be an old blacksmith's cottage, the centre has breathtaking views of the Small Isles, a souvenir shop and exhibitions detailing the wildlife and history of the village – a history that includes some intriguing WWII tales of espionage.
From Arisaig hotels, head to the Marine to catch the famous sunset. As the sun disappears behind the islands, the sky becomes a kaleidoscope of blues, pinks and oranges.
Arisaig is a perfect spot from which to explore the surrounding country. It is situated on the legendary Road to the Isles, the route along the west coast of Scotland. A drive along the route takes in some of the most gorgeous natural scenery anywhere in the world.
If you're not a motor-head, catch the West Highland Line as it snakes up from Fort William to Mallaig in the north. Since you can't pause the train en route, you'll be craning your neck to drink up every drop of the achingly beautiful views. Buy a return ticket to ensure you don't miss anything.
Rum, Muck and Eigg
Just out to sea from Arisaig lie the delightfully named islands of Rum, Muck and Eigg. Catch a small passenger ferry from the Harbour Office to these starkly beautiful rocky islands. They are collectively called the Small Isles and are perfect for exploring on foot. A large ferry runs from Mallaig, allowing you to explore every one of the many isles in the area.
After a few days among its whitewashed buildings, it'll not be hard to see why Arisaig was named ‘the safe place' and why it has been a source of sanctuary for thousands of years.
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What are the most convenient hotel rates in Arisaig?The cheapest price for a double room in Arisaig is £120, offered by The Old Library Lodge and Restaurant.
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