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Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

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Price from: £1,095

Next trip: 30th May

Duration: 7 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 5

51 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 Warren Wish 02/09/2014

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I wish I had a better understanding of the fitness required. It is not just the amount of miles, it is the exertion required to hike in boggy slippery ground in rainy weather.
Trip Comments
I got very sick on the first day. Had to go to the doctor for an examination and medicine. Very weak - unable to eat for a couple of days. I was unable to hike the entire trip. Actually, I felt unprepared for the rigors of hiking in Scotland. Hiking the moors/bogs is exceedingly difficult.
Accommodation and Food
I wish I had a better understanding of the fitness required. It is not just the amount of miles, it is the exertion required to hike in boggy slippery ground in rainy weather.
Your Guide
Very helpful and concerned about our health. On my last day, I was able to spend the day with Captain Andy talking pictures instead of hiking.
The Bottom Line
I would caution that hiking in the Scottish highlands is very different from hiking established trails in the US. Fitness needs to be very high as well as excellent balance.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONDS:
Thank you for taking the time to feedback on our Knoydart Walking trip. We are very sorry that you fell sick at the start of the trip and hope you have now fully recovered.
Based upon our experience, we have gone to every effort to represent what hiking is like in Scotland. For example, our grading video shows a selection of trails that you might encounter: http://vimeo.com/72481412.

As you say, not everything is on established trails - especially in the more wild areas such as Knoydart. This is graded blue (level 5) - to choose the right trip for you, please visit: http://www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/trip-grading-explained/

by Claudia Wish 29/08/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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The best!
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Wonderful adventure.

by Lara Oyesiku 26/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Your Guide
Very informative and adapted our daily itineries very aptly due to /according to the weather
The Bottom Line
Fantastic opportunity and experience - the Doune staff are very special people; offering such a wonderful way of life to to the wider community.
Very cohesive group experience

Thank you:-)

by Larkin Barron 26/08/2014

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I feel honestly comfortable with giving this trip all top marks. Skye, our guide, was incredible. She brought the group together and provided a fountain of interesting knowledge which made the landscape come alive. At Doune we were living in luxury with five star meals and lovely people. It was a wonderful trip!

by Jane Davidson 20/08/2014

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by Margaret Thomas 14/08/2014

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The walking was great, so spacious and going up two peaks and not really seeing any more people apart from our group. This is important for people who come from big cities who need quiet of lovely country and space.

One trip had to be changed due to the weather. We went to Canna instead of Rum, but we were rewarded with dolphins. They accompanied us for a very long time and Andy, the driver of the boat, went out of his way so that pictures could be taken as we watched them dive, etc, magical.
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Your Guide
Gordon was an excellent guide and he was able to discuss geology with one of our group (who was a retired geologist) and he also told us about biology, amongst other things. More importantly, he knew how to handle people. We felt safe in with him and comfortable.
The Bottom Line
Deer with horns looked back at us through the window with the back drop of the sea and the light fading. We would never see this in London, a sight not to forget.

by Henrietta DeVeer 12/08/2014

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Guides can make or break a trip, and Gordon was in the upper echelon of guides we have had on the many trips we have taken. He was knowledgeable, great sense of humor, able to "herd the cats" so to speak of a very diverse group of individuals and keep everyone's spirits up.
The Bottom Line
We felt this was a very well-organized, enjoyable trip. The weather wasn't terrific and thus, there was some modification in the schedule, but changes in the schedule were handled expeditiously and smoothly. Doune was a wonderful place, and Andy and Liz, as well as the others on the team, were outstanding additions to the experience. The food was excellent and above expectations. Too bad you can't do something about the midgies!

by Suzanne Rice 05/08/2014

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However, in seeking to purchase some Smidge, one of the office staff thought it would be available at any Boots. You may wish to revise this since I tried two branches of Boots and no one had heard of it. I did subsequently find it was available at Tiso, Alpine Bikes, Nevisport, and Cotswold Outdoor but it was a last second scramble just before I caught the train.
Trip Comments
High points: The scenery, the people, the food, a dry place to sleep on rainy days, the varied opportunities that came from walking and travel by boat.
Not exactly a low point: The first few days were a little more relaxed hiking-wise than I expected for a Level 3 trip; still nice, but I was pleased when we were able to cover a little more ground on subsequent days.
Accommodation and Food
However, in seeking to purchase some Smidge, one of the office staff thought it would be available at any Boots. You may wish to revise this since I tried two branches of Boots and no one had heard of it. I did subsequently find it was available at Tiso, Alpine Bikes, Nevisport, and Cotswold Outdoor but it was a last second scramble just before I caught the train.
Your Guide
Gordon may have been a last-minute substitute, but he did a fine job with a variable range of group personalities and abilities. I would be happy to have him as a guide again.
The Bottom Line
For those who haven't been to the Knoydart Peninsula and surrounding islands (and, presumably by extension, all the Highlands), please consider that most photos do not do justice - the scale, perspective and constantly changing quality of light are breath-taking. The knockout food and kind lodging hosts were added bonuses.

by Georgie Keane 16/07/2014

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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
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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

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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
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
 
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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I would caution that hiking in the Scottish highlands is very different from hiking established trails in the US. Fitness needs to be very high as well as excellent balance.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONDS:
Thank you for taking the time to feedback on our Knoydart Walking trip. We are very sorry that you fell sick at the start of the trip and hope you have now fully recovered.
Based upon our experience, we have gone to every effort to represent what hiking is like in Scotland. For example, our grading video shows a selection of trails that you might encounter: http://vimeo.com/72481412.

As you say, not everything is on established trails - especially in the more wild areas such as Knoydart. This is graded blue (level 5) - to choose the right trip for you, please visit: http://www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/trip-grading-explained/

Warren Wish
02/09/2014

3

Wonderful adventure.

Claudia Wish
29/08/2014

5

Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 51 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

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