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The remotest place in mainland Britain, sunsets over the sea, fresh air and great walks

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  • Duration

    3 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1

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!

Walking Holiday exploring the remote Knoydart Peninsular.

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:

  • Heart of Knoydart
    2

    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 allows us views to the area’s greatest peaks, and to both sides of the Knoydart peninsula.

    If time allows we’ll summit a small peak and look over at the famous Barisdale Bay before heading back to Inverie. You’ll have really felt in the middle of the wilderness all day!

  • Knoydart West Coast
    2

    The Western coast of Knoydart looks over to the Isle of Skye, and is a stunning coastline of rocky promontories an 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 in the water – seals, otters and eagles are all seen here.

    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.

Walking Holiday exploring the remote Knoydart Peninsular.

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).

Day 4

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!

Walking Holiday exploring the remote Knoydart Peninsular.

Who will be looking after you...

Alex
Alex Kendall
Operations Director

Our Base:

Accommodation:

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.

Food:

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.

Travel:

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.

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