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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 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
  • 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

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.


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.

Freshly prepared and locally sourced meals are taken in the adjacent restaurant and are a real highlight of this trip. 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.


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. These are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so if you would like a single room then early booking is highly recommended.

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.

Trip Details

Join us on our truly classic hiking adventure in Scotland’s Wilderness.

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.

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 – Knoydart Walking Holiday

Day 1We 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 – 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, approx 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. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx 4hrs.

Day 4 – 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: 14km, approx 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, relishing their thick Viking names. Late afternoon, we are whisked back to Doune in time for dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 10km, approx 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 which, surrounded by towering rocky peaks, is one of the most atmospheric places in all of Scotland. (B, L, D)

Walk details:  11km, approx 5hrs.

Day 7This 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, approx 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. (B)

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Rated 4.90 out of 5 based on 176 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

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by Penny Leonard 23/09/2018

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Excellent. I particularly enjoyed having the use of the boat which enabled us to do walks not possible any other way.

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by Anne Campbell 19/09/2018

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Nothing to complain about. Excellant in are key areas.

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by Andrew Leonard 19/09/2018

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A well-designed trip that was effectively delivered; quality was high but so was the price; many of my walking colleagues might baulk at the cost.

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by Alison Kershaw 18/09/2018

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Duration: 7 night(s)

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Region: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

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