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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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