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The Knoydart Peninsula, a remote and beautiful peninsula often described as the last wilderness in Scotland. Our walking and hiking expedition combines the very best of wild camping with some fantastic mountain ridge walking.
Day One - From Mallaig to Knoydart
Our Knoydart expedition begins when we meet in Mallaig and board our boat for the passage to the head of Loch Nevis - enjoying a real feeling of pioneering adventure. We land on the shores of the loch and set up camp beneath the awesome flanks of Sgurr na Ciche.
Day Two - Sgurr na Ciche
We leave our tents and heavy packs in camp and make an ascent of the magnificent Sgurr na Ciche. We follow an ancient stalker's path towards the mountain's southern shoulder before scrambling upwards to the lofty summit. (12 km, 8 hrs)
Day Three - Exploration of Glen Carnoch
We shoulder our packs and venture into wild Glen Carnoch, a beautiful wooded glen full with many tumbling waterfalls. We set up camp in a remote spot before exploring the glen further and possibly climbing one of the nearby peaks. (8km, 3 hours – excluding ascent)
Day Four - Loch Nevis to Loch Hourn and Barrisdale Bay
We head into the heart of the vast Knoydart wilderness, traversing out of Glen Carnoch towards Loch Hourn via the high mountain pass of Mam Undalain. Descending towards Barrisdale Bay, we set up camp by the river and enjoy a well-earned dinner as the sun sets. (10 km, 6 hrs)
Day Five - Ladhar Bheinn
Today is perhaps the highlight of the week, with a magnificent climb to the summit of Ladhar Bheinn. We climb steadily up an ancient stalker's path before following a superb ridge all the way to the highest point and the unforgettable views it affords. (12 km, 8 hrs)
Day Six - Over the Mam Barrisdale to the Village of Inverie and a night in The Old Forge
We pack up our tents for the final time and track to the Mam Barrisdale. From here, we enjoy our first glimpse of the village of Inverie. We revel in a long-awaited hot shower in our bunkhouse before heading to the warm and cosy Old Forge, the remotest pub in Britain. (12 km, 5 hrs)
Day Seven - Boat journey across Loch Nevis and a return to civilisation.
Following a relaxed breakfast, we board the boat and leave Knoydart, keeping our eyes open for Minke Whales which are often spotted in these waters. For those travelling by rail, we arrive in Mallaig in time to catch the mid-morning train back to Glasgow.
Min Price: 399 Pound Sterling per person
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2007 DATES: 15-21 September GRADING: Strenuous Please note - price excludes flights The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide having regard to weather conditions and other factors. Start: Mallaig 1330 hours Finish: Mallaig 1030 hours
A winter walking holiday in Knoydart
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A winter walking holiday in Knoydart is an exceptional experience. Experience the challenge and beauty of this area, while learning the essential winter skills required to safely travel through Scotland's mountains.
We drive from Edinburgh to Mallaig, from where a short boat ride takes us into Knoydart. On arrival at our lodge, our guide will explain the format of the trip and ensure that everyone is correctly fitted with ice-axes and crampons. Dinner and a roaring fire complete the evening.
Using a Land Rover, we bypass the long walk-in and maximise our time on the hill learning essential winter skills. Leaving our vehicle behind, we climb above the snowline to spend time learning the essentials before completing a high-level journey, returning to the Land Rover. Returning home, we stop at the Old Forge, the remotest pub on the UK mainland!
Ladhar Bheinn is truly one of the great mountains of the UK. Again using the Land Rover for the initial approach, we make a rising ascent over rocky steps and past the steep gullies that split the soaring cliffs of Coire Dhorricail to the summit. This is a hard-earned but magical spot – you’ll sleep well tonight!
We enjoy a shorter route on our final day. An ascent of Sgurr Coire Choinnichean is especially satisfying as it provides wonderful views of the whole Knoydart Peninsula. There is time for a final visit to the Old Forge before returning to Mallaig and continuing south to Edinburgh.
Min Price: 349 Pound Sterling per person
Max Price: 349 Pound Sterling per person
2007 DATES: 18-21 January; 1-4 February GRADING: Challenging Please note - price excludes flights The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide having regard to weather conditions and other factors. Start: Edinburgh 1200 hours Finish: Edinburgh 2000 hours.
Knoydart Knoydart, the northern edge of the Rough Bounds is one of the most evocative names in Scotland. This text offers a history of Knoydart from the earliest times to the present day. A remote and desolate peninsula, its name derives from Viking settlers who only reckoned it worth three ouncelands, compared to five for the island of Eigg. Its warlike but impoverished inhabitants caused endless problems for their neighbours during the 17th century before becoming notorious in the 18th century under the leadership of Coll of Barrisdale. His protection racket has bequeathed the word "blackmail" to the English language and he was notorious across Scotland. For the Jacobites, as well, Knoydart was a fertile recruiting ground. In the 18th and 19th centuries the area suffered large scale emigration, partly as a result of the brutal clearances of 1853. A further long century of decline followed, during which sheep and then deer were preferred to people. In 1948 discontent swelled again and it became the scene of the famous land-raid by the Seven men from Knoydart. It has changed hands more often in the last 150 years than in the previous 700 years. The land continues to lie at the heart of the Knoydart problem and the book attempts to place events in their larger historical context. This is the struggle of a community to preserve itself against the harshness of the environment and the cynical exploitation of man.