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Wild Knoydart

Holiday summary

A guided walking holiday in the Highlands of Scotland, focusing on Knoydart - Scotland's last wilderness

Dates

01/09/2018

Duration

6 days, 7 nights

Meeting Points

All Inclusive

Yes

Price

Grade

3 out of 5

Tour Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ascend to the summit ridge of Sgurr Coire Choinnichean
  • Enjoy a pint at Inverie's famous Old Forge Inn
  • Lookout for Golden Eagles in the wild NW corner of the peninsula
  • Brave the soaring ridges of Labhar Bheinn, regarded by some as the most beautiful mountain in Britain
  • Eat at the Doune Dining room and sample the best local produce available
  • Visit the secluded Gleann Meadail

Arrival: We’ll all meet up in time to get the ferry over to Inverie from Mallaig at 6pm. (Check all our meet up options in the full dossier.)

Day 1:  Sgurr Coire Choinnichean (796m) dominates Inverie. Today this is our objective.

 

970m (3200ft) of ascent and 14 km (9 miles) on dirt tracks and rough mountain moorland with mainly moderate gradients but with 200m of steep ascent. Approx walking time excluding breaks, etc: 5:30

Day 2: Beinn na Caillich is Knoydart at its wildest and one of the best places to see Golden Eagles.

800m (2600ft) of ascent and 15 km (9 miles) on dirt tracks, mountain paths and rough mountain moorland terrain with 250m of steep descent. Approx walking time excluding breaks, etc: 5:20 hrs

Day 3: Labhar Bheinn (1020m) is Scotland’s most westerly mainland Munro and the peninsula’s highest.

1200m (3900ft) of ascent & 17 km (10.5 miles) on dirt tracks, mountain footpaths and rough open moorland with 650m of steep ascent and 150m of steep descent. Approx walking time excluding breaks, etc: 6:40 hrs

Day 4: From breakfast onwards it’s a chance for you to take a break from the walking and do whatever you wish. You may like to take in some of the coastline, explore Inverie a little more or take a seafood lunch at the Old Forge Inn.

In the evening we head to the very remote and fabled Doune Dining Restraurant on the western end of the Peninsular.

Day 5: One of the peninsula’s finest but often overlooked days out is the ridge that bounds the southern edge of the peninsular. It sports a very fine high level walk culminating in the Corbett summit of Beinn Bhuidhe.

1450m (4700ft) of ascent & 22km (13.5 miles) on dirt tracks, mountain paths and open mountain terrain. An undulating route with 200m of steep descent. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7:50

Day 6: The Munro summit of Meall Buidhe lies at the heart of Knoydart. This is our objective today.

1370m (4500ft) of ascent & 20km (12.5 miles) on dirt tracks, mountain paths and open mountain terrain. 250m of both steep ascent and descent. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7:20

Departure: After an early light breakfast we depart the glorious surrounds to arrive back at Mallaig for by 9:30.

We’ve stayed in several properties in Knoydart but usually favour either Grieves Cottage on the Kilchoan Estate or Glaschoille House, where deer have been known to graze on the front lawn. Wherever we choose to base ourselves for the week, we’ll be taking the whole family and the whole ethos of the business with us. All your meals will be home cooked and prepared from fresh local ingredients and Andy will still be the lead guide and host for the week.

There is the potential for other non-walking members of your family to join the group for a quiet retreat on the west coast of Scotland. Some time to enjoy no mobile reception and the chance to catch up on projects you never have time for at home. Or explore at your own pace – take a wildlife boat cruise, ride the Jacobite express or explore on 2 wheels.

Our accommodation in Knoydart

Afternoon tea on the lawn in front of Glaschoille House, Knoydart

We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.

It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener.  He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!

For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at info@scotmountainholidays.com.

Booking Procedure

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A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 28 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required


Your Financial Protection

In compliance with the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 a client deposit account has been arranged with the Royal Bank of Scotland to protect monies paid in respect of travel arrangements offered in the Brochure and to cater, where necessary (and subject to the terms of the insurance policy), for a refund of such monies in the unlikely event of our financial failure. The balance of payment is due 28 days prior to the commencement of the course. Credit/debit cards accepted are: Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Switch, Non-refundable deposits will be debited on receipt of the booking form. Balance of payment reminder will automatically be sent out to you. Please be prompt in paying the balance. If you decide to pay by internet bank transfer please use your own name or booking number as a reference for the payment so it can be reconciled.


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It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also recommend that you take out insurance which includes cancellation and baggage cover.

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