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Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

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Price from: £1,125

Next trip: 25th July

Duration: 7 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 5

62 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.

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 53

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by Morag Mottram 11/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Super website with tons of great information, pictures, videos and useful guidelines. The booking process was super except for a glitch at the end where it wouldn't finish processing our payment, but that all got resolved.
Trip Comments
Great experience! Despite horrendously wet weather, we had a fabulous time, saw so much and did a lot too. Our guide, Kirsty, rose to the weather challenges and offered great alternatives to those that might have been scheduled on better weather days. Exceptional experience to boat to Islands for days of hiking.
Accommodation and Food
Outstanding food in terms of quality, creativeness, flavour, freshness and quantity. The Doune Stone Lodge was an exceptional place to base a trip from, and we would love to stay there again. The rooms were clean and, while small, comfortable and perfect for our needs. All the staff there were engaging, friendly and professional.
Your Guide
Kirsty did an outstanding job of herding us on our daily activities, offering options and explanations of the day's route. She was knowledgeable regarding the routes; the flora and fauna; and history. All of her interpretative stories were appreciated. Kirsty always presented herself professionally, in both manner and dress. We would be delighted to have her as our guide on a future experience.
The Bottom Line
It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. The boat trips to various Islands gave the week a varied and interesting tone(including, at times, the dramatic weather conditions on board!). We covered a lot of ground, some of it rather boggy, all exceptionally scenic. We had a super time and enjoyed the company of all the other guests in our group. Lots of laughs and banter on the trails and at meals. The food and accommodations were exceptional and unique. Our guide, Kirsty, was friendly, engaging and professional. We would look forward to booking an other trip with Wilderness Scotland and definitely recommend to others.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Thank you of your amazing comments they are read and appreciated by the whole team.

by James Mottram 11/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
informative, with clear instructions, trip planning advice, informative videos and high resolution images. generally easy to navigate.
Trip Comments
Great trip itinerary and support with excellent options for alternative routes when weather issues caused challenges.
Accommodation and Food
Doune Bay Lodge (Doune Stone Lodges Ltd) provided meals which were outstanding with regard to quality and variety of ingredients, preparation and presentation. Accommodation was clean & comfortable. Staff obviously care about providing an outstanding experience for their guests.
Your Guide
Trip leader (Kirsty Chuchla) was superb with positive attitude, warm & welcoming manner, detailed knowledge of local natural and human history, and infectious sense of good humour. When weather posed challenges for original itinerary, she was able to arrange alternate options that engaged the group and offered satisfying challenges for all.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland appear to offer trips of the highest quality with outstanding leadership and excellent accommodation, meals and trip support. Our expectations were exceeded in almost all respects. Our trip guide, Kirsty, provided professional, upbeat and knowledgeable leadership.

by Robert Everall 10/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Anna-Lena Handell 10/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The questions I had were responded to in a quick and friendly manner.
Trip Comments
Even if it was a very rainy week, Kirsty, the group and the lovely people at Doune made it a very memorable experience. Everyone was friendly, caring and fun-loving. The landscapes were just beautiful and due to the local knowledge of the guide, we visited places that now alot of tourists would be able to reach within one week. And when those rays of sunshine do come out, it is a just magic part of Scotland!
Accommodation and Food
Absolutely amazing food - both breakfast and dinner. All is homemade by people who love to cook, as much is clear, and whenever there's local produce or seafood it is included in the meals. Even the desserts were a highlight! A very comfortable place where the group stayed and I had very good nights sleeps.
Your Guide
Kirsty is very knowledgeable both about the flora and fauna as well as about the history of Scotland. She was very friendly and made sure everyone felt good.
The Bottom Line
It was the first time I attended a Wilderness Scotland trip, and all I need to say is that I now intend to make it a traditional trip somewhere new in Scotland in May each year!

by Brian Brooks 09/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
All fine, communication really good. Only one 'complaint', the website doesn't seem to update payments very well. I left for our recent trip with the website saying the balance was still owing, although I'd paid by debit card some weeks ago.
Trip Comments
Couldn't have done it without you! It only rained once - started when we arrived, stopped when we left! but so what! it was paradise, Kirsty had a plan, come what may, and we got out every day.
Accommodation and Food
Need a box above 'Excellent'
Your Guide
Need another box! Kirsty is the best.
The Bottom Line
Absolutely First class!

by Nina Taunton 09/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Wonderful place. Terrific group dynamic - camaraderie, sharing, everyone looking out for every one else, active help to the less experienced (me). Holiday skilfully organised. Accommodation comfortable, and, in default of ensuite bathrooms, we shared the showers, basins and loos very amicably. The food was exceptionally good and wholesome. Above all, we had a supremo guide.
Trip Comments
The boat trips were an adventure in themselves. Our walks were made even more challenging by the bog, sleet, hail, wind and rain. But we coped!
Accommodation and Food
Nothing like good home cooking. The owners made every effort to accommodate dietary needs. Their vegetarian dishes (made individually) were top class.
Your Guide
I want to praise Kirsty Chuchla to the skies and beyond. She is fun, she is modest, she has just the right balance of friendliness, firmness and good sense. These are personal qualities that make her eminently suitable for leadership. What makes her exceptional is her consummate professionalism, her love of the terrain and expertise in navigating us aound it, her physical and moral strength, her knowledge, and her entirely spontaneous impulse to jump to the rescue. I broke my arm. Kirsty organised a lifeboat, an ambulance to Fort William which she followed in her car, a bed & breakfast so she could stay with me at the hospital and be there first thing in the morning - and then drive/boat back to the rest of the group. She is a warrior princess! Treasure her! Pay her double!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Nina, we are still trying to work out a way to clone Kirsty as she is a truly great person and guide! It was good to speak to you on Saturday, a week on from your tumble, and hear that you are doing okay and not letting your break get in the way of things too much. It's also great to hear that you are keen to return to Scotland before too long and we look forward to welcoming you back. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
The Bottom Line
Less bog, less rain and wind, more sunshine would have made it the experience of a lifetime. As it was, it was pretty exceptional.

by Natasha Redfern 09/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Details of booking/dossier and equipment sent quickly
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
We were made to feel like part of the Doune family the accommodation was comfortable and the food was excellent
Your Guide
Kirsty was an excellent guide, thoughtfully planning each day to the weather and ensuring it was an amazing experience of Scotland
The knowledge that she shared with the group was vast and when the rain set in kept us in good spirits
Kirsty went above and beyond to ensure the group were safe and comfortable - even a rough ride in a lifeboat!
The Bottom Line
This is an amazing trip, a chance to see real wild beautiful Scotland and stay in the lovely Doune.

Plan well with your kit and you will not be disappointed

by Allen Shaw 07/09/2014

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by Warren Wish 02/09/2014

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Pre-Trip Service
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
Doune is an outstanding facility. The food is exceptional and the lodging has private rooms with a shared group bathroom.
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 RESPONSE:
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 Catherine Landrin 02/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The link provided to buy an insurance scheme with Irvine Campbell didn't seem to work; also, I found it difficult to figure out how to get to Mallaig.

WILDERNESS SCOTLAND RESPONSE:
Thank you for letting us know about the faulty link, we will look into it. If you do have any problems with anything please let us know, we are always here to help.
Trip Comments
Great outdoor experience, outstanding views, excellent guide, excellent food.
Accommodation and Food
The people at Doune were very kind, the house where we stayed was clean, the mattresses were in good condition and the food was excellent.
Your Guide
Skye was a very attentive and professional guide. She has also greatly contributed to the quality of her trip through her knowledge of Scotland and her love for this country.
The Bottom Line
This trip has been an invaluable experience, and it has certainly allowed me to recharge my batteries until next summer, and possibly another trip with Wilderness Scotland.

Prices and Departures

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25th Jul - 1st Aug 2015
£1,125
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15th Aug - 22nd Aug 2015
£1,125
Trip Full
12th Sep - 19th Sep 2015
£1,125
Trip Full
7th May - 14th May 2016
£1,150
Places available
25th Jun - 2nd Jul 2016
£1,150
Places available
23rd Jul - 30th Jul 2016
£1,150
Places available
13th Aug - 20th Aug 2016
£1,150
Places available
10th Sep - 17th Sep 2016
£1,150
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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

156 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
25th Jul - 1st Aug 2015
£1,125
1 place(s) left
15th Aug - 22nd Aug 2015
£1,125
Trip Full
12th Sep - 19th Sep 2015
£1,125
Trip Full
7th May - 14th May 2016
£1,150
Places available
25th Jun - 2nd Jul 2016
£1,150
Places available
23rd Jul - 30th Jul 2016
£1,150
Places available
13th Aug - 20th Aug 2016
£1,150
Places available
10th Sep - 17th Sep 2016
£1,150
Places available

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Customer Kudos
It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. The boat trips to various Islands gave the week a varied and interesting tone(including, at times, the dramatic weather conditions on board!). We covered a lot of ground, some of it rather boggy, all exceptionally scenic. We had a super time and enjoyed the company of all the other guests in our group. Lots of laughs and banter on the trails and at meals. The food and accommodations were exceptional and unique. Our guide, Kirsty, was friendly, engaging and professional. We would look forward to booking an other trip with Wilderness Scotland and definitely recommend to others.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Thank you of your amazing comments they are read and appreciated by the whole team.

Morag Mottram
11/06/2015

5

Wilderness Scotland appear to offer trips of the highest quality with outstanding leadership and excellent accommodation, meals and trip support. Our expectations were exceeded in almost all respects. Our trip guide, Kirsty, provided professional, upbeat and knowledgeable leadership.

James Mottram
11/06/2015

5

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