Inverie, near Mallaig, Inverness-shireGuest Rating
They call it one of the last wildernesses in Britain. The Knoydart peninsula can only be reached by boat from Mallaig or walked into over a couple of days through the hills from Kinloch Hourn. To the south there is Loch Nevis (the 'Loch of Heaven') and to the north rugged-edged Loch Hourn (the 'Loch of Hell'). In its midst are three Monros which rear out of the sea.
|Sleeps: 6||Bedrooms: 3|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
In the 18th century it was home to around a thousand people, but then the clearances and subsequent depopulation, as the estate was run for shooting and fishing, reduced the population to around 70. There is no point in taking the car, as there really is nowhere to drive it! It is, in short, as far removed from the M25 as the earth is from the moon and the perfect place to forget all one's 21st century cares.
The main settlement is at Inverie (pub, PO) and it is here that you will find Knoydart Cottage, a traditional stone-built cottage which once housed the estate gardener (hence its local name of Gardener's Cottage). It stands in its own quarter-acre of wild garden. Inside, it has been completely refurbished by its new owners and is cosy and comfortable all year round with full oil central heating. While the cottage has no direct view of the sea, the rocky shore is within 200 metres.
The sitting room is particularly light and bright and its wood-burning stove completes the inviting effect. All the rooms have received a thorough makeover and are very well and stylishly furnished. Not only that, but a further double bedroom has been brought into service, so two more lucky people now have the chance to join the party.
For all Knoydart's remoteness, there is no shortage of activity and things to do. There are organised boat trips, where you have an excellent chance of spotting minke whales, orcas, otters and eagles. Knoydart also has its own ranger, who leads walks of all degrees of difficulty.
You cross to Knoydart on a private ferry - we can give you details of reservations and fares (Saturday sailings are now available). The Post Office is handy for essentials but it is best to stock up with major provisions before you go (possibly at the supermarket in Mallaig before you cross).
The transfer in 1997 of ownership of the Knoydart Estate to the Knoydart Foundation (an amalgam of local residents, the Highland Council and various charitable trusts) has seen a huge renewal of community spirit and activity in this unique peninsula.
The Trust operates a micro hydro-electric scheme which provides power for the Estate and has also developed a couple of mountain biking trails on Estate land, including a red route through the forest and a shorter blue grade route. Pony trekking is available in Inverie and climbers do not have to go far to find four Munros to test their mettle: Ladhar Bheinn (1020 metres), Luinne Bheinn (939 metres), Meall Buidhe (946 metres) and Sgurr na Cìche (1040 metres).
One of the most famous joys of Knoydart is the Old Forge pub, just yards from the landing stage at Inverie, which is officially the remotest pub in Britain. It is a favourite destination for walkers and visitors alike and provides good food and lively nights of song and entertainment.
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Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Sitting room with TV/DVD, iPod docking station and wood burning stove.
Kitchen/dining room with electric oven and hob, microwave, washing-machine, tumble-drier, fridge-freezer, etc.
Double bedroom with TV.
Twin bedroom with TV.
Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £10 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £20 INCLUDED with any additional usage payable at the end of your stay) and wood-burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- 2 Week Discount (£25)
- Save 15% on Christmas 2017! From 20/12/2017 to 23/12/2017
- Save 15% on New Year! From 27/12/2017 to 30/12/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2||Sleeps 6|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£325.00||£350.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£650.00||£650.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£650.00||£650.00|
|07 Jan 2018 - 09 Feb 2018||£325.00||£350.00|
|10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018||£395.00||£450.00|
|24 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018||£325.00||£350.00|
|03 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018||£395.00||£450.00|
|31 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018||£495.00||£550.00|
|14 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018||£395.00||£450.00|
|05 May 2018 - 25 May 2018||£495.00||£550.00|
|26 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018||£595.00||£650.00|
|02 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018||£495.00||£550.00|
|30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018||£595.00||£650.00|
|01 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018||£495.00||£550.00|
|22 Sep 2018 - 05 Oct 2018||£395.00||£450.00|
|06 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018||£495.00||£550.00|
|27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018||£325.00||£350.00|
|21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018||£650.00||£650.00|
|28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||£650.00||£650.00|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||POA||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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