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Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

  • 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.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

5 star 71

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by Daniel Coyne 23/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
It was a wonderful trip, very well organized and the food was GREAT!!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable and very organized. I couldn't have asked for a better guide.
The Bottom Line
It was GREAT!! I've been recommending it to all my friends

by Sian Barnard 29/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Loved the video of Knoydart and detailed trip info
Trip Comments
We bonded with our guide and as a group, it was quite the love fest!
The scenery was brilliant especially from the boat.
Accommodation and Food
Food was excellent. Accommodation was fine but found the shared toilet facilities rather inhibiting!
Your Guide
Gordon looked after us very well and was always informative and fun
The Bottom Line
The trip delivered on its promise as a wilderness adventure.
Everyone was friendly, relaxed and good company. Can't wait to decide on which trip to choose next year

by Peter Ng 29/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
prompt response
Trip Comments
accommodation, guide & food
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
good knowledge of the region
The Bottom Line
good way of experiencing the highland

by Chuey Mei Wye 27/09/2015

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
As my booking is booked via my friend (Betty Teo) so the information I received was not so adequate. All info usually was send to her and she forward it to us...perhaps I should have sent my questions directly to Rachael.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Loved every meals that was served...simply delicious.
Your Guide
Gordon make us feel safe, plan everyday trekking route well, aqueute rest (during trekking) and info.
The Bottom Line
Once in a lifetime experience! The view is breathtaking

by Anita Donley 22/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachel- you are great!
Trip Comments
Fantastic trip- one of the best holidays ever. Gordon was simply marvellous as our guide - learnt huge amounts about history, geology, zoology and archeology of the highlands. Unrivalled peace and untouched wild terrain. Stupendous food from Liz and Jane at Doune, great seafaring with Andy, Matt, whales and dolphins, New friends from all over in our very special group.
Accommodation and Food
Just keep doing! Group sizes ideal, the recipe is perfect.
Your Guide
See earlier comments. 100k Gordon ( as we came to know him) was outstanding
The Bottom Line
One of the best holidays, and certainly best walking holidays I've done in 35 years.

by Fiona Morton 22/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I liked how friendly and knowledgable the staff was. I was the first to join the trip and was sent an email as soon as others joined to let me know the trip was a go ;) loved that!!!
Trip Comments
We had fantastic weather the day we went to Eigg and the sights from the top were amazing!!!
Accommodation and Food
Everyday we looked forward to what the meal would be. You could tell that all the food was prepared with love ... Fresh seafood and fantastic meats .... The baked goods were amazing as well. We couldn't wait to get tore into our packed lunches ;)
Your Guide
I was out of my comfort zone a few times on the hikes. Gordon Anderson was fantastic, he walked with me up the steep part on Eigg and it was so worth getting there. He was fantastic and walked and talked with everyone. He made sure we were all safe and having a good time. He told lots of stories and kept us entertained. I would take another trip with him.
The Bottom Line
The hikes were tougher then I thought but, the guide was there to help when needed. We had a fantastic group and everyone encouraged each other. It was a fantastic experience and I would do it again.

by Kirstin Pellom 22/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachael was extremely helpful and responsive. It was clear that she was passionate about Scotland and wanted to make sure we found a trip that would be the right fit for us. She had an extensive knowledge of all the different trip details. We had many questions and she had all of the answers!
Trip Comments
An experience we will never forget. The trip to the Knoydart Peninsula was just incredible in every way. It is difficult to describe the beauty we witnessed every day. (It didn't hurt that we had the best weather Scotland had seen all summer) Our guide was top notch, the other guests were a joy to be with, and the accommodations at Doune were first class. Doune is a very special place. I feel so lucky to have experienced it. Oh, and the food.....there are no words to adequately describe how amazing it all was!
Accommodation and Food
The food was absolutely amazing. I felt like we were eating Michelin star quality food everyday in the most cozy and unpretentious atmosphere. You have to experience it to believe it.
Your Guide
A guide can certainly make or break a trip like this. Gordon Anderson was the best of the best. His extensive and in depth knowledge of history, geology, local culture, and pretty much everything, was really impressive. His love of Scotland was evident and shone through in the way he led the group. His expertise, experience and sense of humor really made this trip very special. Thanks Gordon for making this an unforgettable trip!
The Bottom Line
Perfect in every way! This will not be our last trip with Wilderness Scotland!

by Einar Wilder-Smith 01/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt reliable communication
Trip Comments
Very experienced guide
Accommodation and Food
Food preparation amazing!
Your Guide
Dave was patient and very knowledgeable.
The Bottom Line
Excellent

by Joy McDonald 01/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very prompt email response to all my queries. Warm tone of all communications made me feel comfortable & positive about the upcoming adventure
Trip Comments
Good leadership from David, very warm, fun & inclusive, helped the varied group gel from the outset. Lovely group of walkers, stunning setting ((& sunsets!) at Doune Bay - tough, but - spectacular walks & breathtaking scenery.
Accommodation and Food
The shared lodge accommodation, while fairly basic was very comfortable. The meals at Doune were fantastic. Loved that so much was locally caught/grown produce. I thought I might lose some weight with all that walking, but no chance! The food was too good. I was also impressed with the care taken to look after the "gluten-free" couple in our group (not me)
Your Guide
Dave was lovely. Very inclusive & friendly to all. Great planning & previews (with maps) before each day's walk. Obviously very capable & experienced. I felt safe walking with him.
The Bottom Line
My first Wilderness Scotland experience, was wonderful! Great company, challenging walking, fabulous food. Would love to do another one (one day - but I live in Australia!) I've already recommended WS to other keen walking friends at home in Aust.

by Patrick Corbett 27/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Question hardly applicable to me, as my wife was our contact.
Trip Comments
Being surrounded by 100 or so dolphins on the way to Eigg was amazing.
We had wonderful views on most days but being amongst the Cuillins on Skye on a completely clear day was the best.
Accommodation and Food
Food was consistently extraordinarily delicious.
Your Guide
Dave made excellent choices of what we did each day, we had a wonderfully good week (some very good weather helped), and he is an exceptional leader.
The Bottom Line
It was a wonderful week, the walking often on rough ground was rewarded by magnificent views, and I prefer the boat to the minibus - we walked on Rum, Skye, and Eigg as well as Knoydart.

Prices and Departures

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Price
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7th May - 14th May 2016
£1,295
Trip Full
25th Jun - 2nd Jul 2016
£1,295
5 place(s) left
23rd Jul - 30th Jul 2016
£1,295
Places available
13th Aug - 20th Aug 2016
£1,295
Places available
10th Sep - 17th Sep 2016
£1,295
Trip Full

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

71 people viewed this trip in the last week2 Bookings in the last 72 hours

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
7th May - 14th May 2016
£1,295
Trip Full
25th Jun - 2nd Jul 2016
£1,295
5 place(s) left
23rd Jul - 30th Jul 2016
£1,295
Places available
13th Aug - 20th Aug 2016
£1,295
Places available
10th Sep - 17th Sep 2016
£1,295
Trip Full

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Next trip: 7th May

Duration: 7 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 5

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It was GREAT!! I've been recommending it to all my friends

Daniel Coyne
23/10/2015

5

The trip delivered on its promise as a wilderness adventure.
Everyone was friendly, relaxed and good company. Can't wait to decide on which trip to choose next year

Sian Barnard
29/09/2015

5

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