The remotest place in mainland Britain, sunsets over the sea, fresh air and great walks...
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Difficulty Level2 Two
Want a full-on Scottish walking adventure? One where there’s wild terrain, wildlife and quite possibly wild locals, then read on.
The Knoydart Peninsula, billed as Scotland’s ‘last wilderness’, is reached only by ferry (our choice) or by walking a very, very long way.
Sandwiched between Lochs Nevis and Hourn on the west coast, Knoydart’s remoteness hits you as soon as you come ashore having left behind the bustling town of Mallaig.
There are only a few roads in and around the hamlet of Inverie, our base for the weekend, and then the rest is miles and miles of mountains, coastline and sandy beaches to explore.
To prevent us going completely feral though there is also a very fine pub just down the road from our hostel where we can get a bit of civilisation!
Knoydart Adventure Dates
- Thursday 22nd August – Monday 26th August 2019 (August Bank Holiday Weekend)
- Wednesday 13th May – Sunday 17th May 2020
- Saturday 15th August – Wednesday 19th August 2020
In a nutshell:
- Enjoy exploring one of Britain’s most remote areas with three days of moderate walks in the company of a guide who is a veritable Knoydart know-all (in a nice way).
- Revel in the peace and quiet that comes from being far away from the humdrum of everyday life.
- Be a little bit gloaty having spotted eagles, seals, stags and possibly a haggis or two!
This trip is full of easy and gentle walks, for those looking for more of any adventure we run a “Scottish Adventure – Walking and Wild Camping on Knoydart” you can view the full details here…
If you’ve arrived at Mallaig by train we’ll meet you at the station at 5pm (there’s plenty of parking around the harbour if you’ve travelled by car). Then it’s just a short walk to catch the small passenger-only ferry across to Knoydart.
Please note that we have no vehicle for this trip so it’s best to leave the ‘kitchen sink’ and any excess bags at home. The ferry ride to Inverie is around 45 minutes and then we head straight to the hostel, fire up the woodburner and get the evening meal on the go while you relax and chat to your fellow companions.
Over dinner we get a feel for what the group would like to do walk-wise and outline suggestions for the next day’s excursion. Afterwards there are no doubt some who will be drawn to the welcoming lights and sounds coming from the Old Forge pub for a night cap!
Days 2 – 4
Each day we start with a breakfast fit for a herd of hungry horses before making packed lunches and heading out for the day.
There are plenty of options for walks depending on the weather but here are some options:
Heart of Knoydart – Running right through Knoydart lies the valley of Gleann an Dubh-Lochain. There’s a path all the way up it, and we’ll be able to wander along gazing at the surrounding mountains. We pass the Inverie River, the loch at the centre of the glen, and head up to a low mountain pass that straddles Knoydart’s highest peaks. It isn’t a difficult walk, but the views are just outstanding and you’ll get a real sense of the Peninsula’s remoteness. If time allows we’ll summit a small peak and look over at the famous Barisdale Bay before heading back to Inverie.
Knoydart West Coast – The Western coast of Knoydart looks over to the Isle of Skye, and is a stunning coastline of rocky promontories and hidden beaches. Luckily for us there’s a track around most of it, so we’ll head out to discover some of the bays and watch for wildlife – seals, otters and eagles could all make an appearance. We’ll walk as far as we feel, perhaps to Sandaig or Airor, with the famous ‘cafe at the end of the road’ before heading back to Inverie via the beach and maybe the rough coastal path.
Once back from the walks, there’s time for a bit of rest and relaxation before we head out for dinner – either to the Old Forge or another restaurant nearby. We might cook again at the lodge using whatever the shop happens to have in-stock – think Masterchef (and then perhaps think again!).
This morning we catch the ferry back to Mallaig and begin our re-integration into normal life by having brunch in the town before we say our goodbyes at the station and make sure you’re on the right train homewards.
Good to know:
We’ll be staying in the beautiful Knoydart Lodge, in single-sex private rooms in a shared hostel. There’s a lounge, wood-burning stove, and endless hot drinks. Bedding and towels are provided.
For this trip we provide the following meals: Breakfasts, and packed lunches on the full days. We also provide dinner on two nights eating in, but on the other two nights we’ll be eating out and these meals are not included. Snacks are provided for the trip, including biscuits at the hostel, and as part of the packed lunch.
The best way to get to Mallaig is by train from Fort William, which can be reached from Glasgow by either coach or train. If you wish to drive then there is ample free parking available in Mallaig.
What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016