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Knoydart, Scotland

Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:34 on Monday 06 August 2007

Few places on the British mainland are as remote as Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula on the north-west coast of Scotland. Though it's off limits to cars, you can reach it by public transport so it's a great place to go with a tent on your back...

There are plenty of places to pitch in the wild, one of the best is a level area just behind the "long beach", a short stroll round the bay from where the ferry drops you off at Inverie harbour. Other than a bird hide at the end of the beach, you'll be alone beneath a Munro at the edge of the sandy shore. The Knoydart Foundation has an office in the village where you can arrange to hire a boat for fishing or to explore the sea lochs and bays around the islands before returning for a platter of freshly caught scallops at The Old Forge. If you climb up the hills you're likely to find deer roaming and you can see across to the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides.

M0ore information: knoydart-foundation.com.

Getting there: sleeper Euston-Mallaig via Glasgow from £155 return (scotrail.com, 0845 6015929), ferry Mallaig-Knoydart - catch one of two daily, 45-minute ferry services (five days a week in summer, three in winter) to Inverie with Knoydart Ferries (£18 pp rtn). On weekends, there are two daily, 20-minute water taxis (01687 462916; £20 pp rtn).

If you're looking for somewhere comortable to stay, see our listing for Knoydart House, a luxury, remote eco hideaway with oak beams, huge four poster beds and one of the top hot tub views in the UK!

>> See Rhiannon Batten's review of Knoydart House.

For other holidays in the Knoydart, follow the links below:

Green Accommodation and Holidays in the West Highlands | Green Accommodation and Holidays in Scotland

Photo Wild Camping on Knoydart:  © Richard Hammond.

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