2013-04-09 20.06.20min

mckenzie mountaineering.... outdoor adventures

Our Knoydart Wilderness adventure begins in Fort William where we pick you up and travel either by car or train to the fishing port of Mallaig, passing beautifully scenic Glenfinnan, the quaint harbour village of Arisaig and the famous white sands of Morar (where the wonderful film Local Hero was based). Mallaig offers some beautiful views over to the islands of Eigg, Muck and Rum, and on a clear day as far as the Isle of Skye. From here we have a short ferry ride to Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula, renowned as the last wilderness in Britain, being only accessible via ferry or on foot.

As our boat approaches the peninsula there is a wonderful feeling of arriving somewhere truly special! On this day we have a fabulous walk up a nearby 'Corbett' (Scottish hill between 2500 and 3000 feet) named Sgurr Coire Choinnichean, a fantastic ridge walk offering amazing views over to the Isle of Skye. We cook a wholesome homemade dinner for you in our omfortable and cosy bunkhouse, where we stay for 3 nights.

On Day 2 we take a more challenging walk deep into the wild of Knoydart with the ascent of Ladher Bheinn, a 'Munro" (Scottish hill over 3000 feet) and regarded as one of the finest mountain walks in Scotland, with an enviable combination of wild corries, dramatic ridges and amazing sea views.

In the evening we have dinner in the Old Forge Pub, which holds claim to being the remotest pub on mainland Britain! It offers good local food with fresh daily caught fish regularly on the menu and a friendly warm atmosphere created by the local fishermen, local musicians and walkers combined.

Day 3 is a flexible day. We offer a relaxing low level walk within the area, or alternatively you can have a 'free' day, allowing you to independently explore the local beaches and caves or perhaps enjoy a boat trip, an afternoon fishing or maybe even a pony trek through the peaceful countryside.

On Day 4 we say goodbye to the lovely village of Inverie, and walk further into the wilderness of Knoydart, which takes us to a high pass with the option of summiting another 'Munro' - Luinne Bheinn, which has a relatively short ascent from the pass, over rocky terrain. From the summit we are treated to the wonderful views in all directions including looking back to Inverie and onwards to lovely Barrisdale Bay - our destination for today.

We descend form the high pass to the Bay, which lies along the south shores of Loch Hourn in a veryundisturbed and peaceful area, with a chance to see a variety of rare species of flora and fauna. We stay in cosy Bunkhouse style accommodation at the Bay where we cook a simple but wholesome dinner for you.

Day 5, our final day within the Knoydart peninsula, take us to Kinloch Hourn, a scenic loch side walk with exceptional views back over Loch Hourn and ahead through the narrows to Loch Beag. The undulating path climbs and descends gradually until we reach a farm and teahouse at Kinloch Hourn where we stop for refreshments before taking our pre-arranged taxi ride through beautiful Glengarry on to Fort William where we stay in a comfortable Hostel or bunkhouse, and we once again cook a hearty Scottish Meal for you to enjoy!

Our final day of this memorable trip ends with the unforgettable ascent of Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in the whole of Great Britain! On a clear day we have panoramic views onto all the surrounding mountain ranges which ultimately gives us the feeling of being on top of the world and is the perfect end to our week of adventure.

Dinner on our last night is taken in the Ben Nevis Inn which offers a great choice of good quality food in fantastic rustic surroundings.

The following day we transfer the short distance into Fort William and say our fond goodbyes!