Knoydart Peninsula – A Scottish Hideaway

Knoydart Peninsula

Knoydart is a peninsula on the West coast of the Scottish Highlands. It is cut off from the UK mainland road network and you can get to by boat or foot.  Inverie is the main village and where the boat from Mallaig lands.

We opted to catch the boat rather than the 20 mile walk to Inverie.  We thought this a much better idea with a baby in tow!   The boat run by Western Isles Cruises took us from Mallaig to Inverie.  The crew were brilliant, helping us step on to the boat, giving the Robot a nudge for a smile. A perfect trip helped by perfect weather.

A few buildings on the shore line and hills in the distance

The village has a few amenities, the Primary School, Post Office, Community Shop, Knoydart Pottery & Tearoom and The Old Forge pub.  Along the bay there are also many guesthouses – including B&B’s, self catering and hostels.  At the end of the road is the beach where you can camp. We opted to camp.  The walk there with all the camping gear and the Robot was tough, but only 15 minutes, so I coped!  The walk was shady through lush woodlands and views out to sea.

Robot in the backpack on Daves back, woodland behind

The Knoydart Foundation Campsite on Long Beach is very basic but the pay off is the views.  Over the Sea and up to the mountains.  The site has a log cabin shelter and compost toilet, barbecue facilities and picnic benches.  It is well set up to have a fire on an evening, something we opted not to do because of the Robot.

Robot playing next to tent with views of the hills in the background

We took only the minimal amount of food, enough for the first night and porridge for breakfast.  As the website advertised shops, pub and cafes we figured we could pick up some food for the next day and night.  We hit a snag though, the shop wasn’t open.  We would have been fine as we could eat at the pub but it wasn’t very Robot friendly, but we would have managed.  It wasn’t ideal.  The morning bought good news though…

Robot playing with toys - the view behind is the sea and hills in the background

The Ranger from the campsite came round in the morning to collect camping fees. We asked her if the shop would be open, to be told “what shop?”  The main shop/postoffice is a bit hit and miss with opening.  She did however offer us the solution of ringing up the Spar shop in Mallaig and getting an order delivered by boat.  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  If it wasn’t for this I’d have opted to head back home!  I am so glad we didn’t.

After placing our food order, we took to exploring the area.  There are loads of woodland walks and we headed off up the hills.  It is really pretty and we stumbled across this view point shelter.  The perfect place for a rest and take in the views.

Robot and Dave at a view point seat

Most of the Islanders get their supplies by the boat.  We got ours too!  We headed back to the campsite to get cooking a feast.

Two boats at the jetty

The beach was silvery sand, the Robots first experience of a sandy beach.  He loved it and there were so many shells to pick  up and play with.

Robot playing in the sand - covered in sand - he is holding a shell out for us to see

We had a beautiful couple of days and lots of memories. A brilliant find and a lovely adventure!

For more information about Knoydart Penninsula visit their website.

Have you got any more UK destinations that you would recommend for us?

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

53 Comments

  1. wow! sounds pretty cool! shame about the whole shop palava, but everyone seemed really helpful, and at least you didn’t have to leave! I’ve honestly never been one for camping, but everytime I read your posts I do start to feel as though we’ve missed out a bit lol – Maybe I should try and do some camping with the husband and kids, its looks good, and all kids love an adventure right?! #brandnewday
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    1. isntitpretty

      Oh definitely! Do it, or try glamping in a yurt or teepee first. It may be expensive though but if you’ve never been camping splashing out on a tent and sleeping bag etc would cost a bomb too!

  2. Reading your adventure posts is always such a treat…and this one is no different. It looks absolutely stunning. I would love to give my son these experiences, I think the little Robot is very lucky. How lovely that he enjoyed the beach so much too! Now, I would have liked more food detail! Next time please remember that!! But that could be just the bacon on the train platform from last adventure in my mind!
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  3. Gorgeous photo’s. My husband is Scottish and he always says May is the best month there. It’s very strange looking at all these photo’s of the UK having better weather than us! (I’m in Switzerland) Your boy looks like he’s having a wonderful time. I am really getting the camping bug now. #abrandnewday
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  4. Wow that looks amazing! I took our youngest camping when she was 9 months but it was in a large campsite with loads of amenities. This does look lovely though – there is something special about a place that cannot be reached by car πŸ™‚ #whatevertheweather

  5. Your photo’s are just stunning my love. We are heading to Scotland..Somewhere in the woods in the West and this post only makes me more excited for the adventure. Little man looks so relaxed just trekking round! Wish I had been brave enough to do more when Leo was little xx #abrandnewday xx

  6. What a beautiful place to explore as a family, it must be so peaceful being so remote. The Robot looks like he’s really enjoying his camping experience in the peaceful Scottish island. It’s great that you managed to get your food delivered by boat, what a fab service to have been able to make use of whilst camping! Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.
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    1. isntitpretty

      Yes it was beautiful and great to relax as a family. I kept calling it a island, felt like it even though it was attached to the mainland. The boat trip is misleading!! Thanks for your lovely comments. X

  7. Stunning scenery, just makes me want to try camping again, although I have had a very bad experiene with camping so have been put off for life! Great that the shop delievered to you as well. Looks like you had an amazing adventure πŸ™‚ #countrykids
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    1. isntitpretty

      Oh no, a bad camping experience, hope it wasn’t too bad that you won’t try one more time, your littles would love it! It was a beautiful place, we might go back one day with older kids, so much to explore

    1. isntitpretty

      Thanks, I couldn’t do it without Dave. He’s so level headed and practical that he grounds me when I flap about things!! I hadn’t expected the no food angle as their website advertises the shop!

  8. This looks like the most amazing adventure! Scotland is about as far away from where we live as you can get and still be in the UK and I have never actually been, but Carl has and he said it was beautiful, we’d love to take the kids one day. And I think I say this every time I read one of your camping posts but I am definitely going camping this year. Its happening, you’ve inspired me xx
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    1. isntitpretty

      Your littles would live camping. Expect even less sleep! My Dad lives on the South coast so know what you mean about the distance. We came down when R was 3 months, 7 hours and 3 trains! Scotland is beautiful though, but there is plenty more in the Uk equally as pretty.

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