Isle of Eigg

 

Sgurr of Eigg

Sgurr of Eigg

 

Situated off our West Coast, in the Sea of the Hebrides, Eigg is one of the exquisite Small Isles, reached by ferry from Mallaig. Together with Skye and Ardnamurchan the Small Isles are sites of volcanic activity that marked the beginning of the opening of the North Atlantic about 60 million years ago. Fossil discoveries are currently being made in the Jurassic sediments below the lavas at the North of the island.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • From the sea, view piled lava flows forming the North end of Eigg.
  • Eigg’s volcanic past has led to the striking feature of the Sgùrr of Eigg, a ridge of a glassy volcanic rock called pitchstone composed of welded volcanic ash from a volcano on Skye.
  • Reaching the highest point of Eigg, An Sgùrr, 393 m. Marvellous views of the mainland and the Isles of Rùm and Skye
  • Columnar joints (pillar formations) in the Sgùrr show that the ash-filled a valley carved by a stream
  • Horizontal sheets (sills) and vertical sheets (dykes) of basalt

Start and end location at Mallaig Calmac Ferry terminal. Mallaig is 68 km to the North West of Fort William, on the A830.

Start time is 9.45 am, to meet your tour guide at the terminal. The ferry leaves at 10.10 am. In summer it can be difficult to park in Mallaig so leave plenty of time. Arrive on Eigg at 11.30 am.

End time: The ferry departs Eigg at 4.25 pm to return to Mallaig at 5.40 pm.

Involves a full day of walking, approx. 5 hours. Ferry tickets for a foot passenger are £8.20 return, and are included with the tour if you book before Friday 3rd May. If you book after this you will need to purchase your own ticket at the Calmac office/travel centre in Fort William (part of the train station) or buy it at the Mallaig ferry terminal pre-departure. There is a café near the harbour on Eigg. Please be prepared for Scottish west coast weather. See our clothing and equipment page for more information.

Walking Grade Moderate

Cost and booking:  £75 per person with a maximum of 8. Families (2 adults, up to 3 children): kids go free, just book adults in and let us know that children are coming.

Please select the number of people going on your trip and the discount will be applied in your basket ready for checkout online.

Other parties may be taking part in the same tour. Up to a total of 8 people per Geotour.

Discounts are on individuals party booking size and not the final group.

If you want to be the only person on a Geotour please visit book a Bespoke Geotour.

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