Dervaig (pronounced Dervik) is situated at the head of Loch a'Chumhainn (Cuin)
The original village was established in 1799 by laird Maclean of Coll. Then Dervaig had 26 single storey two room cottages built in pairs. Over the years many cottages fell into disrepair or even fell down. In 1986 the street and parts of the loch became a conservation area. Now there are only 16 of the original cottages and many have been changed over time.
On entering the village street you will have passed the Bellachroy, the oldest drovers inn on the island, now a hotel and bar, which serves lunch, dinner and a wide range of beers and whiskies. The village also has a well stocked Post Office and store selling local produce, such as bacon and pork from Antuim farm, which is less than a mile away. The village hall hosts local produce markets and a wide range of events, activities and dances throughout the year to which visitors are more than welcome.
The village church is open daily and is well worth a visit to see the interior.
The sunsets at the head of Loch Cuin are truly amazing and on the loch you can see otters, seals, waders and even sea eagles. Scroll down or see our wildlife link for more information.
A short drive takes you to Eas Fors and Ulva Ferry where you can visit the Isle of Ulva.
From Ulva ferry you can also take a trip with ‘Turus Mara’ to see Fingal's cave on Staffa.
Dervaig is the perfect location for a walking or cycling, with many routes beginning from the cottage. Use the links below for printable walking and cycling guides and for a bus timetable. The bus travels past Lochs Torr and Frisa from which you can walk to or from Dervaig through a forest. The bus also passes the Mishnish lochs where you can fish for trout or walk up and round the rim of an extinct volcano. You can of course simply take the bus to the island's capital, Tobermory , or to Calgary beach with the nearby Art in Nature woodland, Gallery and tea room.
There are several safe and clean beaches nearby.
The most famous is Calgary with its white sand and shallow clear turquoise waters.
Calgary is on the local bus route, see our Getting Around page.
At Calgary there are woodland walks, tearoom and galleries displaying local art.
The are several small quiet beaches on the Croig peninsula.
Take the road to Calgary, turn right at Am Birlinn restaurant to Croig and park near the pier. Or get off the bus at Am Birlinn and walk 30mins along the road to the pier.
A further 10-20 minute walk along a gravel track takes you to several beaches.
There are also several white sand beaches at Langamull.
To get to Langamull take the road to Calgary by car or bus to Langamull forest car park. Follow the signs on the forest track. A 30 minute walk takes you to the beach.
On the way there or back you can follow the signs to visit the archaeological site of Kildavie.