The Knoydart Peninsula

, January 3, 2011

© Wilderness Scotland

Type of Trip: Walking/Hiking
Duration: 8 days
Price: from £895
Departure Dates: For 2011: 11th June¬¬—18th June, 2nd July—9th July, 23rd July—30th July & 13th August—20th August.
Ability: Previous hill-walking experience is not essential
Start point: Mallaig
Finish point: Mallaig
Operated by: Wilderness Scotland

Itinerary

Day One; will involve taking a short transfer by boat from Mallaig to Doune on the tip of the Knoydart Peninsula. Day Two; the adventure begins with a walk into the Black Hills along with the opportunity to hike up the summit of Roine na Beinne (441m), giving rise to splendid views of the rarely touched coastline, where it is also possible to see Golden Eagles and Red Deers (14km day). Day Three; the objective of the day is to reach the highest point on the island of Eigg, An Sgurr (393m) said to be ‘rising abruptly from the wild moorlands’ it provides more beautiful views of the island and coastline (8km day). Day Four; starts with a traverse around the Knoydart peninsula from North to South, ending at the Old Forge coined the most remote pub in Scotland! A boat will then drop you at Barrisdale Bay where you can either hike up the Mam Barrisdale col (450m), or if your group is feeling like doing something more challenging there is Ladhar Bheinn (1020m) which will offer unrivalled views on the summit (14 km day). Day Five; a boat trip across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Rum, with the option to traverse the island or climb one the peaks in Rum Cuillin before heading back to Doune in time for dinner (10 km day). Day Six; dropped into the heart of the Cuillin mountains on skye, you will have the chance to circle the shores of Loch Coruisk which is shadowed by towering rocky peaks (11km day). Day Seven; the final ascent of a nearby peak, Sgurr Coire Choinnichean (796m) provides outstanding views of the whole peninsula and even the Outer Hebrides which stand tall 60miles away (10 km day). Day Eight; after a leisurely breakfast you will board the launch boat, with the chance to witness Minke Whales playing in these waters on the return journey.

Included in the price

• 7 nights accommodation in a wilderness lodge
• All meals
• 3 qualified guides
• Boat trips to access the remote islands
• Boat transfers (Mallaig-Knoydart)

Clothes to bring

• 3 pairs of walking/trekking socks
• A fleece/mid-layer
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Shorts
• 2 T-shirts
• Walking boots & gaiters
• Hat
• A buff/neck fleece
• Gloves
• Indoor clothing for evenings in lodges
• Windproof Jacket (optional)

Equipment to bring

• Backpack (approx. 60 litre)
• Water bottle (Nalgene) and drinking mug
• 1 litre thermos
• Sunglasses
• Map (OS map LR 413)
• Compass
• Compeed (optional- if prone to blisters!)
• Head torch (optional)
• Walking poles (optional)

Getting there responsibly

There is a direct service that runs from Glasgow Queen Street to Mallaig. Book tickets from UK stations at thetrainline.com

Other information

  • Limited or no mobile phone coverage in the area.
  • Approximately 10km of walking/hiking per day.
  • The itinerary for each day is flexible but route decisions will be finalised by the guides