Knoydart is a dramatic Highland peninsula located in the heart of a National Scenic Area, and accessible only by boat from Mallaig, a 16 mile walk on foot from Kinlochourn, or a 2-3 day walk in from Glenfinnan! A wonderful area for walking and camping, this is truly a miles-from-anywhere, get-away-from-it-all place, offering accommodation to suit all tastes, all within minutes of the open hills and glens. Take the ferry to Inverie village and come and see why folk return to visit time and time again.
Knoydart is home to a busy working community and owns its own land on the peninsula managed by The Knoydart Foundation, which took ownership of the Knoydart estate in 1999. A significant milestone in community land ownership in Scotland, this followed a huge fundraising effort by local residents and their supporters.
We are not connected to the national electricity grid so we are responsible for producing our own hydro-electricity, managing a 280kW system for the majority of residents and businesses. We also look after other community assets, such as the Bunkhouse and the Foundation Shop, creating surplus income for community projects and improvements; and we have responsibility for land management, and housing & non-residential building management.
To find out more please visit the Knoydart Foundation. To find out more about the work of Knoydart Renewables who manage the hydro, visit their Facebook page.
As well as vast areas of walking and wild camping opportunities, the whole peninsula offers a natural playground for exploring, like the 800 hectares of woodland and forest that includes ancient woodland and rare temperate rainforest - a rare habitat worldwide - rarer even than tropical rainforests! Go wild swimming or explore the hills and the glens, and their wide open spaces and mysterious ruins. We have variously graded mountain bike tracks too. Or you can go wildlife spotting for sea eagles, golden eagles, sea otters, pine martens, red deer, dolphins, porpoises and an impressive collection of coastal & woodland birds.
Guided walks and tours are also offered by the Knoydart Foundation Ranger Service and are designed to fit in between ferries so you can come for a day trip from Mallaig. Please contact the Ranger service in advance to check before making your journey on 01687 462242. The 2018 Ranger Events and Activities schedule is available here from mid-March or you can see it at the Western Isles ferry ticket office at Mallaig pier. The Rangers are also available for tailor-made guided walks, wildlife walks and team-building events, and they can offer bicycle hire during your visit – booking is highly recommended. Please also contact the Rangers for advice on walking in to Knoydart and about the various hill walks and corresponding leaflets and maps available to help plan your Knoydart visit.
The community-owned Foundation Shop sells a range of beautiful locally hand-crafted products and other ethically-sourced gifts, including unique-design Knoydart T-shirts, jigsaws and other items, recycled wool throws & picnic rugs, Highland-made chocolate, our own organically-reared Knoydart lamb and Knoydart wild venison. The Shop also sells Scottish craft beers, gins & malt whiskies as well as a selection of wines and fizz. Drinks orders are welcome prior to your overnight visits and can be collected by your host in time for your arrival. Please call on 01687 462242 or email [email protected].
Other places to buy food:
Kilchoan Farm Shop - Tel: 01687 462133
Small shop/post office - Tel: 01687 462146
Knoydart Pottery and Tearoom - Tel: 01687 460191. Daytime refreshments & lunches (no booking necessary).
Knoydart River Cottage - Tel: 01687 460146. Evening dining – booking essential.
The Gathering - Tel: 01687 460146. Afternoon and evening dining – booking essential.
The Old Forge - Tel: 01687 462267. Evening dining – booking essential
A hidden cove with its own private pier, accessible by boat or the path from the road, historic Doune is a well-hidden wee gem offering seasonal catering. Evening dining restaurant - Tel: 01687 462667 – booking essential. Top of the Doune path is six miles along the road from Inverie.
Literally the end of the road! Seven miles from Inverie village, visit the tiny hamlet of Airor where you can picnic on the seals' island when the tide is out or watch their curious heads bob about in the bay when the tide is in.
The Road's End Café - Tel: 07788 671501 (check opening hours) – Daytime refreshments or book for evening dining.
Getting to Knoydart
Western Isles Cruises offer a passenger ferry service to Inverie and Tarbet - Tel: 01687 462233.
Private boat hire is also available from Mallaig to Knoydart:
Minch Adventures offer half day or full day boat charters for up to 8 people - Tel: 07437 670212.
Iain Wilson ('Calanna') - Tel: 01687 462844.
The VisitKnoydart website has lots of local information plus a detailed listing of accommodation links and places to eat.