Walk in Scotland – explore Britain’s last wilderness, the Knoydart peninsula. The hiking here is typical of the west coast of Scotland with spectacular, steep hills and ridges dropping away to a craggy coastline with views across to the western isles like Skye. The situation is as remote as you can get on mainland Britain. You can’t get there by car, only ferry or a long walk in of nearly 20 miles.
We will be heading in to the peninsula from Mallaig and spending a week at our luxury base in Inverie. All meals will be provided. We’ll be serving good quality home-cooked meals and perfectly baked cakes at our accommodation except for the one night when we’ll be eating out. The food in Knoydart can be exceptional with hand-dived scallops and local community grown vegetables on the menu. You can even find yourself at the bar next to the local scallop diver!
- 6 nights accommodation in Inverie (we often stay on the Kilchoan Estate)
- full board throughout your stay (including 2 course evening meals and picnic lunches)
- transport to and from the walks
- your guide
- pick up and drop off at Aviemore station or meet at Mallaig
- one meal out in Inverie at either the Old Forge Inn or Doune Dining
- ferry transport to Inverie
GUIDED HIKING ROUTES INCLUDE:
- Sgurr Coire Choinnichean (796m)
- Beinn na Caillich
- Labhar Bheinn (1020m)
- Beinn Bhuidhe
- Meall Buidhe
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.
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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.
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 email@example.com.