The remotest place in mainland Britain, sunsets over the sea, fresh air and great walks
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple walk options available See itinerary below
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The Knoydart peninsula pushes out into the sea of the Hebrides on Scotland’s West Coast. North of Lochaber and Fort William, and just across the sea from Skye, it’s the picture you have in your mind when you think of the wild west coast of Britain. With stunning scenery, including high mountains, woodland, miles of coastline and sandy beaches, it’s a paradise on our very doorstep.
There are no roads to the main settlement of Inverey, so to get there you either have a long and gruelling walk over the mountains, or (our choice) the ferry from Mallaig. Join us here on a long weekend adventure, heading out on moderate guided walks, exploring the local culture, and visiting the remotest pub in mainland Britain.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the wild peninsula of Knoydart, with two moderate guided walks, nights of the best local food, and pristine beaches.
- Enjoy the peace and quiet that only comes far from cities and motorways, with a small friendly group of fellow walkers.
- Relax in the stunning accommodation, with log-burning stove and relaxing lounge, with hot drinks always available.
- See the sights on the way back to civilisation, including a wildlife tour.
We’ll meet you at the train station in Mallaig at 5pm, from where we’ll walk the short distance across town to the harbour and catch the ferry to Knoydart. This is a small boat with no vehicle capacity – we have no cars or minibus on this trip as we’re going remote!
Ariving in Inverey on the Knoydart peninsula, we’ll head to the hostel and check in. Then it’s time to relax as your leader prepares the evening meal. Tonight we’ll be eating in, with time to plan the walks ahead – though there’s always the option of walking down to the pub for a drink later!
Day 2 and 3
On these days it’s time to head out walking. We start with an 8am breakfast and the chance to make packed lunches, then it’s off out for the day. There are plenty of options for walks, and we’ll aim for whatever the weather permits. Here are some of the options:
Once back from the walks, we’ll head out to dinner – once to the famous Old Forge pub, the remotest pub in mainland Britain, and once to another nearby restaurant. This is the perfect chance to sample the freshest food – especially if you like seafood (though there are of course other options).
This morning we head back for the ferry and leave Knoydart for Mallaig. For the rest of the morning, leaving from Mallaig, we head out on a wildlife watching boat trip, searching for seals, otters, whales, dolphins and sea-birds such as puffins and gannets. It’ll be a morning to remember!
After returning to Mallaig for lunch, it’s time to say goodbye. Our leader will escort you to the train station and make sure your plans are in order before saying goodbye. We hope by this point you’ll be truly inspired by Scotland’s amazing West coast!
Who will be looking after you...
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 is provided but please bring a towel in your luggage.
For this trip we provide the following meals: Breakfasts, and packed lunches on days 2,3 and 4. We also provide dinner on day 1, but on the other two nights we’ll be eating out. For the night at the Old Forge we have paid for £10 towards your meal. 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 have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
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