What to do - Activities on Knoydart

Wildlife watching

Minke whale and several dolphin species can be sighted off the coast, and porpoises regularly accompany vessels on the crossing between Mallaig and Inverie.

Knoydart Minke Whale
Minke Whale feeding in Loch Nevis

We see common and grey seals, and a wide variety of birds including red-throated and great northern divers, whooper swan, eider, merganser, goosander and loads of waders.

Knoydart Black-throated divers
Black-throated divers on Knoydart

You're almost certain to see red deer, but you might have to look a bit harder for golden eagle, otter and pine marten. If you love wildlife, you'll be in your element here!

Inverie Otter
An otter feats on a crab close to Inverie

We can arrange a boat charter for whale-watching, or drop you off for a day of birdwatching on land. You could then make your own way back to Inverie, or ask us to pick you up later - the choice is yours!

Wild camping

Wild camping in a remote place like Knoydart is an experience that you'll never forget. Far from the noise of civilisation, the only sounds you'll hear will be natural ones... and, if the night sky is clear, you'll see a million stars. Seize your chance to escape the stress of daily life, and re-discover the things that really matter.

If this appeals to you, just pack your tent and some essentials (be prepared for all weather in the Highlands!) We'll take you to your chosen spot along the coast, and pick you up the next day.

Please respect the environment and read the code of conduct about wild camping before you go.

More information can be found at Outdoor Access Scotland or by contacting the Mountaineering Council of Scotland on 01738 493942.

Hill-walking and climbing

For experienced hill walkers, Knoydart offers four Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet) and three Corbetts (between 2,500 and 3,000 feet).

Knoydart Munros beyond Inverie
Knoydart Munros and a stunning view of Inverie

If you want to save time and concentrate your energy, we could drop you off at a convenient point - for example, in Barrisdale - and after your climb you could walk down to Inverie and enjoy a meal at The Old Forge.

We'd ferry you back to Mallaig later, if required.

If you're not an avid Munro-bagger and want to take things a little more easily, you could enjoy a pleasant ramble through remote glens and woodlands, or along our beautiful coastline, before being picked up at a pre-arranged time and place. Explore the true nature of Knoydart through its startling landscapes, old abandoned bothies and remote farms.

Celebrations... family get-togethers, stag and hen nights, weddings and parties

Knoydart has the kind of magic that draws people from all corners of the globe. It's the ideal place for a family celebration, and as a wedding location it must surely be close to heaven. We can arrange transport for your party, and we can also take you to some special places for unique photographic memories!

Stalking and fishing

We can give you more information on deer stalking - whether you prefer to bring a gun or a camera. There's also a plentiful supply of brown trout to be caught in Knoydart's hill lochs.

Ranger-guided walks

Explore Knoydart in the company of someone who knows the landscape like the back of his hand. One of Knoydart's rangers will take you on a two-hour ramble or a full day's hike, bringing you closer to the wildlife you want to see, and showing you some of the peninsula's most stunning scenery. If you're a keen photographer or a nature lover, this is a great opportunity. A schedule of walks and volunteer activities is published on the Knoydart Foundation website, www.knoydart-foundation.com, or you can go on a self-guided nature trail (leaflets and maps are available from the Knoydart Foundation).

Mountain biking

A series of mountain bike trails have been laid in the woods behind Inverie, and a short ‘skills loop' is already in place.

Pony trekking

Knoydart pony trekking offers rides for individuals or small groups wanting to explore the Knoydart peninsula. Visit our website to meet our ponies and see the treks on offer. Booking essential. www.knoydartponytrekking.co.uk. Contact us via our Facebook page or email us on ponytrekking@knoydart.org

Pottery and tearoom

Opposite the Old Pier House in Inverie you will find a friendly welcome with home made cakes etc where you can rest your legs and enjoy a great cuppa whilst soaking up the views.

Tom McClean's Highland Outdoor Centre at Ardintigh, Morar

This centre in its spectacular location on the shore of Loch Nevis, is the creation of ex - SAS soldier and accomplished adventurer Tom McClean. Learn the art of survival or just relax and get away from the crowds, their motto is “As tough or as tame as you like”. Our boats can take you there and back or you can walk out on the spectacular track to Morar. See: Outdoor Centre Scotland

Tarbet to Morar

Taking the ferry to Tarbet, stunning views over wonderful mountain scenery awaits walkers on a fairly easy walk back to Morar. The walk takes you back to Bracorina the beginning of tarmac to Morar and is approximately 5km (over stony ground which can be a wet in places depending on the weather) taking up to 3 hours depending on weather and ability.

Knoydart Heron
A Heron leaves for the night...
Knoydart Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan on Knoydart
Knoydart Red Grouse
Red Grouse on Knoydart
Majestic Knoydart Stag
Majestic stag on Knoydart
View towards Mallaig
The view across Loch Nibheis towards Mallaig...
Knoydart Stag
Stag on the Knoydart moors

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