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Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

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Price from: £1,095

Next trip: 16th August

Duration: 7 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 5

43 review(s)
  • Access some of the finest walking routes in Scotland by boat as you explore the most remote mountains in Britain and the Small Isles
  • Enjoy the unparalleled wilderness experience of the rough bounds of Knoydart and experience the wildlife which lives there
  • Sample some of the finest cuisine in Scotland while staying in a unique lodge which can only be accessed by boat

Blue Graded Walking Holidays

Our Blue grade walking trips involve climbing some of Scotland’s best mountains and ridges. The walks are conducted at a good pace and you may be out hiking for 8 or 9 hours a day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from stalker’s paths to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

The daily walks will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 10+ miles (16+km), climbing mountains and covering a variety of challenging underfoot conditions? How often do you do this?

Our accommodation on Knoydart is an alpine-style wilderness lodge set right by the beach amongst magnificent coastal and mountain scenery. It offers simple accommodation in an unrivalled location. Accommodation is a choice of twin or single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Single rooms are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no single supplement on this trip. If you would like a single room, early booking is highly recommended.

Freshly prepared, locally sourced meals are taken in the adjacent “Taste of Scotland” accredited and award-winning restaurant and are a real highlight of this trip, with freshly caught seafood a particular speciality. Most dietary requirements can be catered for. The restaurant is licensed and offers an excellent choice of wines, beers and spirits.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide on the main platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 17:50 on Day 1 of your trip. The time coincides with the arrival of the train from Glasgow. For full details on how to get to Mallaig, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

by Georgie Keane 16/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
What I would call "off piste" walking, getting off the trails and into teh wilderness something I would not have tackled un-guided.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Very knowledgable on all aspects of the area (history, folklore, wildlife). Always cheerful and inclusive.
The Bottom Line
A fantastic holiday

by Beatrice Huber 15/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Andy Keane 13/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Kirsty worked amazingly hard given the very wide range of abilities on the trip.
The Bottom Line
We had a great time but had not expected there to be so many single women. Also one of the walkers was in no way capable of doing the walks in the itinerary and if there had not been a second Wilderness staff member on the trip this would have been a real issue. We would suggest you add a warning that if people are not up to the walks they cannot expect the whole group to give up on the more interesting ascents just to accommodate them. Rachel worked hard despite being on holiday to deal with this.

by Ane Arretxe 10/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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5The Bottom Line

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by Esther Guridi 10/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Really good. Location, acomodation, food, guide.... Every thing was EXCELLENT.
I wish I have the opportunity to travel again with WILDERNESS SCOTLAND.

by Peter West 08/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Website is comprehensive, attractive and easy to navigate.
Booking process easy.
Trip Comments
Excellent walking. Great location. Fantastic transport in the Mary Doune.
High point climbing the summit on Eigg.
Low point getting my camera so wet it blew up!! Ah well it was 10 years old.
Accommodation and Food
Website is comprehensive, attractive and easy to navigate.
Booking process easy.
Your Guide
Kirsty was superb. Very knowledgeable. She led the group well and safely.
The Bottom Line
A thoroughly enjoyable experience in a great setting. I have no reservation in recommending this trip. Loved it.

by Dianne Edgar 08/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Very helpful, especially as i was unsure if i would be fit enough.
Trip Comments
Loved the boat trips, and seeing the whales. Also, exploring other parts of Knoydart.
Accommodation and Food
Very helpful, especially as i was unsure if i would be fit enough.
Your Guide
You don't have a high enough category for Kirsty. She is so adaptable, plans carefully, cheers you up when your feet are dragging, gets the group mixing, and helps you see the beauty in whatever nature is around. This was my second trip with her as my guide, and she is a credit to WS.
The Bottom Line
This was my 3rd trip with Wilderness Scotland, and allowed me to visit another area of outstanding remote Scottish scenery. I like the combination of exploration of unpopulated places, good food, comfortable accommodation in a delightful setting, and a varied and interesting programme of acrtivity.

by Aileen McRoberts 08/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Kirsty continues to show professionalism, great knowledge and a passion for the job.
She will go from strength to strength.
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by Laura Moore 02/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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Two trips Scotland's Big 5 and Knoydart Wilderness walking. Both guides were fantastic and knowledgeable (Malcolm and Keith).
Big 5 was good but far too busy and too much packed in, it was quite exhausting! Needs some rest time
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Both guides Keith and Malcolm were fantastic . Very friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and helpful.
The Bottom Line
Very good overall

by Rexford Kosack 11/06/2014

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I feel that WS was ready to answer my questions if and when I called, but otherwise, there was little contact before the trip. This contrasts greatly with American companies which periodically send updates, info, suggestions, to keep your interest peaked. This may simply be a cultural difference. But, to me, it felt as though WS showed little interest in us prior to arrival. (Again, I want to emphasize that all our calls were handled very well if we chose to call.)
Trip Comments
The high point was the staffing -- from the guide to boat crew to kitchen crew. Anytime I was in the wheelhouse, Andy would strike up a conversation and share his local knowledge of Skye or the other islands. This was typical of the accessibility of all the staff.
Accommodation and Food
I feel that WS was ready to answer my questions if and when I called, but otherwise, there was little contact before the trip. This contrasts greatly with American companies which periodically send updates, info, suggestions, to keep your interest peaked. This may simply be a cultural difference. But, to me, it felt as though WS showed little interest in us prior to arrival. (Again, I want to emphasize that all our calls were handled very well if we chose to call.)
Your Guide
Keith Miller obviously cares greatly about what he does. He checks the weather constantly to make the best trail choice. He spends time individually with each client. He is very knowledgeable about the outdoors and talks about everything from foliage to environmental policy in Scotland. He was available to answer questions about equipment and share his knowledge. He was constantly aware of where everyone was at, kept the pace up, and left no one behind. If I went on another WS trip, I would certainly want to try to have him as my guide a second time.
The Bottom Line
I think our experience at Knoydart spoiled us. When we went on to Skye, we found it hard to share trails with other hikers and hard to get enthused with places that, while beautiful, seemed so much like what we had seen every day during our hikes. Also, traveling overseas, hiking for a week in a guided, and comfortable setting, slowed down time for us. It allowed us to get to know other hikers, the terrain, and learn about the country we were visiting. We have decided we will do this again in the future wherever we travel.

Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
16th Aug - 23rd Aug 2014
£1,095
Trip Full
30th May - 6th Jun 2015
£1,095
Places available
27th Jun - 4th Jul 2015
£1,095
Places available
25th Jul - 1st Aug 2015
£1,095
Places available
15th Aug - 22nd Aug 2015
£1,095
Places available

Trip Details

Often described as the last wilderness in Scotland, the Knoydart peninsula has an island feel about it.

Isolated from the rest of the Western Highlands by the ‘rough bounds’ and a notorious strip of mountainous terrain it provides a challenge to even the most intrepid.

For this reason, Knoydart has always been best accessed by boat and from our base at a remote wilderness lodge we make full use of the sea, making passages to Skye, the Small Isles and other corners of the peninsula, often encountering whales, dolphins and porpoises before we even begin the day’s walk.

For this we use the fast boat, ‘Mary Doune’, allowing us to enjoy tremendous linear walks over mountain passes and giving access to the Small Isles of Rum and Eigg, notable for their variety and distinctive landscapes and history. This combination of wilderness, remarkable mountains and a plethora of wildlife, make for an unforgettable holiday.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – We meet in Mallaig, which is easily reached by car or train via the spectacular West Highland Line. A short transfer by boat takes us to our base at Doune on the very tip of the Knoydart Peninsula.

Day 2 – We explore some rarely visited lower hills in western Knoydart, and explore the beautiful coastline around Airor. Leaving directly from the door of the lodge, we hike into the Black Hills, possibly towards the rocky summit of Roine na Beinne.

Distance 14km, 7hrs.

Day 3 – The goal for the day is the highest point on the island of Eigg, An Sgurr – a dramatic plug of columnar pitchstone, rising abruptly from wild moorlands. The summit boasts fine views over this beautiful island, and the nearby emerald wedge of Muck.

Distance 8km, 4hrs.

Day 4 – This fantastic walk traverses the Knoydart peninsula from north to south, finishing at the most remote pub in Scotland! The normal route we follow takes a good path up to the Mam Barrisdale col at 450m before enjoying a long descent down Glean an Dubh-Lochain to Inverie.

Distance 14km, 6hrs.

Day 5 – Using the ‘Mary Doune’, we speed across the Sound of Sleat towards Rum. We may traverse this wild and beautiful island or climb one of the dramatic peaks in the Rum Cuillin. Late afternoon, we are whisked back to Doune in time for dinner.

Distance 10km, 5hrs.

Day 6 – Our final island visit takes us into the heart of the Cuillin mountains on Skye. We circle the shores of Loch Coruisk, surrounded by towering rocky peaks. If time permits, we may hop over to Canna to complete our tour of the Small Isles,

Distance 11km, 5hrs.

Day 7 – The peak of Sgurr Coire Choinnichean rises up behind Inverie village. From its summit, the views to Inverie Bay below us and over the sea to Skye are outstanding. It’s a wonderful point from where we can admire the whole peninsula and reflect on our week in Knoydart.

Distance 10km, 5hrs.

Day 8 – Following a relaxed breakfast, we board the launch boat and, keeping our eyes open for Minke Whales which are often spotted in these waters, return to Mallaig. For those travelling by rail, we arrive in Mallaig in time to catch the mid-morning train back to Glasgow.

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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
16th Aug - 23rd Aug 2014
£1,095
Trip Full
30th May - 6th Jun 2015
£1,095
Places available
27th Jun - 4th Jul 2015
£1,095
Places available
25th Jul - 1st Aug 2015
£1,095
Places available
15th Aug - 22nd Aug 2015
£1,095
Places available

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A fantastic holiday

Georgie Keane
16/07/2014

5

Beatrice Huber
15/07/2014

5

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