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    Wilderness Walking

    The Knoydart Peninsula

    233 reviews

    Next Trip: 22nd - 29th Apr 2023 Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

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    Region: West Highlands including Knoydart
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 10
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    Join us on our truly classic hiking adventure in Scotland’s Knoydart Peninsula.

    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’ – a notorious strip of mountainous terrain – it remains an untamed and beautiful area of high mountains and twisting sea lochs.

    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 remote corners of the Knoydart peninsula we often encounter whales, dolphins and porpoises before we even begin the day’s walk. 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 Highlights

    • Access some of the finest walking routes in Scotland by boat as you explore the most remote mountains in the UK.
    • Visit the wonderful Small Isles for day walks with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities on both land and sea.
    • Enjoy the unparalleled wilderness of the rough bounds of Knoydart and experience the wildlife that thrives there.
    • Sample some of the finest cuisine in Scotland while staying in a unique lodge which can only be accessed by boat.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Travel Mallaig to Knoydart

    We meet in Mallaig at 5:50pm. Mallaig is easily reached by car or train via the spectacular West Highland Railway Line. A short transfer by boat takes us to our base at Doune on the very tip of the Knoydart Peninsula. After a welcome brief, we sit down to our first dinner together. (D)

    Day 2 – The Black Hills of Knoydart

    Today we explore some rarely visited lower hills in western Knoydart, and visit 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 (441m), from where there is a good chance of seeing Golden Eagles or Red Deer. Descending northwards we pick up a coastal path which we follow, past the remote settlement at Airor, all the way back to the lodge. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 14km/ 9 miles | approx. 7 hours

    Day 3 – The Isle of Eigg and an ascent of An Sgurr

    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. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | approx. 4 hours

    Day 4 – Across Knoydart via the Mam Barrisdale

    This fantastic walk traverses the Knoydart peninsula from north to south, finishing at the door of the Old Forge – the most remote pub in Scotland! We enjoy a dramatic approach by boat through Loch Hourn before being dropped at beautiful Barrisdale Bay. 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. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 14 km/ 9 miles | approx 6 hours

    Day 5 – A Boat Trip to and a Walk on The Isle of Rum

    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. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 10km/ 6 miles | approx. 5 hours

    Day 6 – Loch Coruisk on The Isle of Skye

    Our final island visit takes us into the heart of the Cuillin mountains on Skye. We circle the shores of stunning Loch Coruisk, surrounded by towering rocky peaks. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 11km/ 7 miles | approx. 5 hours

    Day 7 – Sgurr Coire Choinnichean

    This bold peak rises up behind Inverie village. From its summit, the views to Inverie Bay below us and over the sea to Skye are outstanding. The Outer Hebrides are often visible, more than 60 miles away across the Minch. It’s a wonderful point from where we can admire the whole peninsula and reflect on our week in Knoydart. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 10km/ 6 miles | approx. 5 hours

    Day 8 – Return to Mallaig

    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. (B)

    Wilderness Walking
    The Knoydart Peninsula

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    Accommodation is a mixture of twin and single rooms in a simple wilderness lodge set by the beach in Knoydart. The bedrooms, which are fairly compact, are located on the upper floor while the ground level consists of a large lounge and open plan kitchen for tea & coffee. Shared bathroom facilities are next door to the kitchen with showers, basins & toilets. Electricity is generated on site during the day. Wifi is available while the power is on and cameras etc can be charged.

    Single Rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. There are a limited number of single rooms available on this trip at no extra charge.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    All meals are included from dinner on your first evening to breakfast on your last morning on this all inclusive trip.

    Freshly prepared and locally sourced meals are taken in the adjacent restaurant. Special dietary requirements can be catered for but must be advised at the time of booking. The restaurant is licensed and offers an excellent choice of wines, beers and spirits. Shoes with decent grip are needed to walk to the restaurant.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 7 nights accommodation in a remote wilderness lodge by the shore. Accommodation is in twin or single rooms
    • All meals during the trip, from dinner on night of arrival to breakfast on day of departure (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable walking guide and boat skipper throughout
    • All boat transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Mallaig
    Trip Grading Read More

    Blue Graded 4-6

    Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide on the main platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 5:50pm on Day 1 of your trip. The time coincides with the arrival of the train from Glasgow. At Mallaig we board our private launch to take us to our accommodation which is approximately a 30 minute crossing.

    You will be returned to Mallaig railway station at 10.00am on the last day, shortly before the Glasgow train departs Mallaig.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Blue Graded Walking Holidays

    Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.90 out of 5 based on 233 reviews of Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula


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    Janet Milne

    Reviewed on 24/09/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 10/09/2022
    Trips Taken: 5

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Wilderness Scotland are a very professional and approachable company who clearly take interest in their clients.


    Isabelle Vercaigne

    Reviewed on 09/08/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: France
    Trip Date: 30/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    This was a real wilderness experience, with stunning scenery and wild life on the doorstep. The holiday is a good combination of boat trips to the islands, and walking inland. The accommodation is rather basic but fitted with modern conveniences, not least of all Wi-Fi. The nearest pub or shop is 5 or 6 miles away and you need either a boat, or to walk down/ up a hill for 20 minutes to reach Doune. Those were absolutely peaceful and refreshing holidays.


    Aileen Morrissey

    Reviewed on 20/07/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: Ireland
    Trip Date: 02/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    The trip was amazing well organised with great walking great food and lovely scenery

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