Our journey to Mallaig was supposed to be quite straightforward, as we had booked a sailing from Armadale on Skye to Mallaig. However, due to a Calmac strike, we cancelled our tickets and drove off the island (thanks to the bridge crossing at Kyle of Lochalsh) and round to Mallaig. It was an 120 mile/almost 3 hour detour but we weren’t too fussed as a lot of other people would have had a lot more trouble organising accommodation or rescheduling sailings from islands without bridges to the mainland! Although it was one of the wettest days of the holiday, it still was so dramatic, especially as we caught sight of the Glenfinnan Viaduct (from the Harry Potter films) in the mist.
However by the time that we had arrived in Mallaig, it had completely brightened up, and we had a fab view of the harbour (including the boat that we would have travelled on!) from our B&B. Mallaig is a sweet little fishing town and there was a few shops to visit before we made a hasty pre-dinner visit to Camusdarach beach.It was spectaular. Smooth sand and crashing waves, this picture doesn’t do it justice! It whetted our appetite for more incredible beaches we would visit during the following week. After a windswept walk and a quick paddle in the clear waters it was time to get back to Mallaig for dinner.
We ate at the Cornerstone restaurant (owned by the same people who run the B&B) and we had a fantastic meal there, featuring some creamy seafood chowder and also this tower of a dessert. Working up from the plate, there was a swirl of chocolate fudge, cherry meringue and compote, topped with a delicious cherry parfait. It was quite possibly my favourite sweet treat of the holiday!