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Arisaig
Arisaig is located in Lochaber
Arisaig
Arisaig
Population 300 
OS grid reference NM661865
Council area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ARISAIG
Postcode district PH39
Dialling code 01687
Police Northern
Fire Highlands and Islands
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament
  • Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
List of places
UK
Scotland
56°54′36″N 5°50′35″W / 56.910°N 5.843°W / 56.910; -5.843

Arisaig (Scottish Gaelic: Àrasaig) is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, located 7 miles (11 km) south of Mallaig on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. It is also the traditional name for part of the surrounding peninsula south of Loch Morar, extending as far east as Moidart. Etymologically, Arisaig means "the safe bay". It lies in the Scottish council area of Highland and has a population of about 300.

Famous resident

  • Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair, the Scottish Gaelic poet, died here in 1770, and was buried in the village's Roman Catholic cemetery.

Amenities and attractions

Land Sea and Island Centre, Arisaig
The Land, Sea and Island Centre

Arisaig has a post office, general store, restaurant, cafe, hotel with bar, and marina. Tourism is the main industry in the area.

The Land, Sea and Islands Centre holds a display on the connection between the SOE and Arisaig,. See above.

Transport

Arisaig lies on the A830 to Mallaig to the north and Fort William to the east. It is also known as the Road to the Isles. Work on widening it into a double-lane road was completed in 2008. The village is also connected to Mallaig and Fort William by the West Highland Line. Arisaig railway station is the most westerly on the British mainland.

A small passenger ferry sails from Arisaig to the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck and Rùm. The main CalMac service to the Small Isles operates from Mallaig.

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