Cross the wilds of western Scotland to reach the remote Knoydart peninsula...
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Difficulty Level4 Four
Join a small sociable group as we take on this fantastic journey, a three day walk through the mountains of western Scotland, camping on the way, in an aim to reach the coast of the Knoydart peninsula.
Starting from Glenfinnan, on the main railway line north-west of Fort William, we’ll spend two nights wild camping in the glens of the Rough Bounds of Knoydart as we make our way north and then west. Our final night will be at the Knoydart bunkhouse or campsite, from where we can head to the Old Forge, the ‘remotest pub in mainland Britain’, for a finishing celebration.
During these three days we’ll be carrying our kit, camping in the glens and crossing mountain passes, looking out for wildlife such as golden eagles, and enjoying the wilderness. Your leader will take care of the navigation, select good camp spots, and help point out the sights. Though ideally you’ll be used to some camping, the route is on paths and the campsites will be low level, so wild camp beginners are welcome.
Please note as you will be walking and carrying your kit for three days in a row you will require a reasonable level of fitness.
Please note that there are no facilities at the wild camp spots, especially as your leader will decide where to camp on the day! We’ll be collecting water, finding suitable toilet sites, and learning how to be comfortable without showers! Your leader will bring a stove to heat the hot water required for the evening meals and breakfast. For more information on equipment please see below or have a look at our blog on the subject here…
In a nutshell:
- Spend three days walking the glens and passes of the western Highlands on your way to Knoydart.
- Get to know the landscape, look out for wildlife, and enjoy the peace of the wilderness.
- Learn about wild camping, leave no trace philosophy, and the history of this part of Scotland.
- Meet new friends and relax in the company of an experienced leader.
- Finish at the village of Inverie, with a celebration in the pub, and a ferry across the sea to Mallaig the next morning.
Dates for our Scottish Knoydart Adventure
- Saturday 9th May – Tuesday 12th May 2020
- Thursday 20th August – Sunday 23rd August 2020
If wild camping is just one adventure to far for you, then why not join our gentle walks long weekend to Knoydart that arrives on Knoydart via the ferry. You can view the full details of our Knoydart Adventure & Explore trips here…
You’ll meet the group and your leader in Fort William, at 07:30am at the railway station, where you’ll have a quick chat about the plans for the day, and equipment, before boarding the 08:30am train to Glenfinnan. Please make sure you’ve had breakfast, or have brought something to eat on the train.
Please note that you must have all your kit with you for this meeting. There won’t be another chance to get anything! Your leader will have the evening meals and breakfasts for the trip, but you’ll need lunch for three days, as well as snacks. Please see below for kit and food details.
Once we’re off the train in Glenfinnan, we start the journey with a visit to Prince Charlie’s monument and a walk under the Glenfinnan Viaduct (from Harry Potter). Then it’s up Glen Finnan itself, over the pass of Bealach a’Chaorainn and down into Gleann a’Chaorainn. We’ll camp either in Glen Pean or Glen Dessarry.
After a no doubt peaceful night camping, today we’re off on a rougher part of the journey, following the River Dessarry up to the pass of Bealach an Lagain Duibh. Surrounded by towering peaks, we descend past the pretty upland waters of Lochan a’Mhaim before following the Finiskaig River down to the sea shore at Sourlies.
Our campsite tonight will be in sight of the sea, reaching us via the great sea-loch of Loch Nevis.
Our final day of walking, we start by immediately passing Loch Nevis to officially enter Knoydart. Then comes the steepest (but also the last) climb of the journey, up to the pass between Meall Bhasiter and Sgurr Sgeithe. The path is good, and then leads gently downhill through Gleann Meadail. The coast now again in sight, we follow the Inverie River to the village of Inverie itself, and the end of our journey.
Tonight we’ll head to the pub for a celebratory meal. We’ll be staying in the Knoydart bunkhouse to guarantee an indoor area to relax and have showers. The dorms here are shared and mixed gender, and we will not have private rooms only for Large Outdoors members. If this is a problem for anyone you are welcome to use the nearby campsite.
This morning we head to the jetty and catch the morning ferry from Inverie back to Mallaig, where there is a mainline railway station back to Fort William. Please note the ferry is included but train fares are not.
Good to Know:
Please meet your guide at Fort William train station at 07:30am on the first day.
Getting there and away:
At the end of the trip, we’ll return to Mallaig, from where you’ll need to make onward travel arrangements. You can either get the train or bus back to Fort William (please click the links for a timetable), or you can park your car in Mallaig before the trip starts (free) and get the train back to Fort William for the start of the trip, so that your car is there at the end.
We are offering three types of tent hire, but please note: We do not supply sleeping bags.
Own Tent – You are bringing your own tent. Please make sure it is a 2-layer tent, such as this one.
Shared Tent Hire – For those happy to share a tent on a same sex basis, this does mean you get to share the carrying.
Private Tent Hire – If you would like to hire one of our tents but just for yourself. You will be responsible for carrying this yourself.
Alongside our usual kit list, which can be found here, you’ll need the following:
- Tent (please see above)
- Sleeping bag (2-3 season, with a comfort limit of 5 degrees or colder)
- Sleeping bag liner
- Sleeping mat (foam or inflatable)
- Waterproof bags to make sure all of your sleeping equipment is dry.
- Spare clothes.
- Mug, bowl and spoon.
We will supply evening meals (except for the final pub meal) and breakfasts for this trip. Meals will be camping-style freeze dried meals, which are good because they’re light! Breakfast will be porridge and a hot drink. Please let us know when you book if you have any dietary requirements. You will need to provide lunches for each day, and snacks.
Age Limit– You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs – I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Solo Travellers:This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
What our members have to say...
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
“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
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