Knoydart is a peninsula accessible only by boat from Mallaig, a 16 mile walk on foot from Kinlochourn, or a 2-3 day walk in from Glenfinnan. A wonderful area for walking and camping, this is truly a miles-from-anywhere, get-away-from-it-all place.
The community of Knoydart own their own land on the peninsula managed by The Knoydart Foundation - a partnership of the local community, the Highland Council, the John Muir Trust, Kilchoan Estate and the Chris Brasher Trust. It was set up to purchase the remains of the old Knoydart Estate which it achieved in 1999. In doing so, it became the guardian for over 17,000 acres of some of the wildest land in Britain. Alongside this it has responsibility for managing several properties, a Bunkhouse, deer management and the supply and generation of hydro-electricity to the local community. Since taking ownership in 1999 the Foundation has undertaken a range of projects ranging from the development of a small display area through to the refurbishment of our hydro-electric scheme, but there is much more we want to do. You can help us to achieve some of our targets by becoming a Friend of Knoydart.
To find out more please visit www.knoydart-foundation.com
To find out more about the work of Knoydart Renewables who manage the hydro, visit www.powerofknoydart.org or visit their Facebook page.
The Knoydart Foundation Ranger Service offers guided walks which are designed to fit in between ferries so you can come for a day trip from Mallaig. Please contact them in advance to check before making your journey - tel: 01687 462242. The Rangers are also available for tailor-made guided walks, wildlife walks and team-building events.
The community-owned shop sells a range of local products including wood, Knoydart gifts, homemade soap, jewellery and jams, in addition to souvenir T-shirts, calendars, baseball caps, walks leaflets, maps, Knoydart lamb and venison and much more. Call into the display room next door for advice from the Rangers, to hire a bike or to find out about the next guided walk or family session.
Knoydart Foundation Rangers & Shop 01687 462242
Kilchoan Farm Shop 01687 462133
Knoydart Pottery and tearoom - tel: 01687 460191.
Small shop / post office - tel: 01687 462146.
The Old Forge (classed by the Guiness Book of Records as the remotest Pub in Mainland Britain) offers good food and music. Booking essential for food. Telephone: 01687 462267.
A hidden cove with its own private pier, accessible by boat or the path from the road, historic Doune is a well-hidden wee gem offering seasonal catering (booking essential).
Dining restaurant 01687 462667
Pop up café (for groups) 01687 462917
Literally the end of the road! The tiny hamlet of Airor where you can picnic on the seals' island when the tide's out or watch their curious heads bob about in the bay when the tide's in.
The Road's End Café 07788 671501 (check opening hours)
Drop in for coffee & cake in the day or book to dine out at night.
Getting to Knoydart
M.V. Western Isles offers a passenger service and boat trips from Mallaig to Inverie and Tarbet (Tel: 01687 462233 / 07939386330).
Private boat hire is available from Mallaig to Knoydart:
Minch Adventures / Reel One offer half day or full day boat charters for up to 8 people. Mobile: 07437 670212.
Iain Wilson ('Calanna') - tel: 01687 462844
The Visit Knoydart web site has lots of local info, plus a list of accommodation and places to eat.
Accommodation in Knoydart: