My Dad has been banging on about going to Knoydart for a number of years. Recently we finally made it to the peninsula, located in the north west of Scotland, for 3 days of walking.
The lack of roads running into Knoydart make it a remote and unspoilt part of the UK. Access is gained either on foot from Kinlochhourn or by boat from Mallaig. We chose to take the 45 minute ferry which runs twice a day to Inverie.
Inverie is a small village consisting of a post office, pub, bunkhouse and a few houses. We stayed in the bunkhouse for the first night and had a light stroll up the glen to Loch an Dubh Lochain. On the second day we planned to walk to the summits of Linne Bhein and Meall Buidhe. We found the terrain very hard going and while we made it to the top of Luinne Bhein we chose not to push on to the other Munro. Instead we descended into Barrisdale Bay and dumped our stuff in the bothy. Here we met an elderly gentleman who was bagging his final Munro the following day and also a wilderness therapist. We didn’t know what a wilderness therapist was and after asking him to explain we were non the wiser.
The next day we headed off towards Ladhar Bhein via it’s eastern ridge and the Dhorrcaill corry. The corry itself is a stunning location and the ridge a steep and demanding walk. The mist came and went for the next few hours but at the top we enjoyed excellent views in all directions. After my Dad checked his voicemails on the summit (there’s always one) we dropped back down to Inverie and enjoyed a drink and some food in the pub.
After another night in the bunkhouse we sailed back to Mallaig and the van before driving south.