Knoydart Bunkhouse, Inverie, Knoydart, By Mallaig, Inverness-shire PH41 4PL
Knoydart is a remote peninsula on the west coast of Scotland reachable only by boat or long hike. Renowned for its spectacular rugged grandeur, secluded beaches, and blissful tranquillity, Knoydart is a haven for hill walkers, mountain bikers, kayakers, mountaineers and wildlife enthusiasts. A community enterprise, the Bunkhouse is a responsible tourism provider operating green principals and is owned by the Knoydart Foundation, a community owned organisation. It is 2 mins walk from the beach and 10 mins from Inverie which has a pub, post office, small shop and the ferry pier. It has 4 bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen, a light and airy dining room, a laundry and a cosy sitting room with a woodburning stove. There is no mobile phone coverage on this part of Knoydart but the Bunkhouse has a public phone and wifi. CD/DVD/video (yes, video!) player, books, games, bed linen and duvets provided. Explore by yourself or take advantage of the ranger service or deer stalking. A torch is essential. Local wild venison & off-licence available year round. Good dogs welcome at the Bunkhouse with notice.This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.
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25: 1×10, 1×7, 1×8
All year (except Christmas).
£18 per adult, £10 for children under 16. Block bookings £395. Special rates for schools, youth groups and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Always book in advance. 25% or £7.50 pp non-refundable Advance booking essential. 25% or £9.00 pp non-refundable deposit.
Bunkhouse is half a mile east of the pier and is signposted all the way. Ask any of the locals for directions!
Western Isles ferry from Mallaig pier to Inverie. Phone 01687 462233 for details. Private boats are also available for hire (see website for details).
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The Knoydart peninsula provides a unique combination of an accessible small community surrounded by some of the most dramatic and rugged wild landscapes in Western Europe.
Cut off from the mainland, you can reach Knoydart either by boat or by a spectacular albeit long mountainous hike. Knoydart Bunkhouse provides community-run cosy & friendly accommodation in the village of Inverie. Located in a National Scenic Area, from our doorstep you can discover no less than three Munros, including Scotland’s most westerley, and a number of Corbetts. Local habitats are home to golden eagles, sea eagles, sea otters, red deer, whales, dolphins, pine martens, badgers, grey seals, and a host of small birds, dragonflies and other wildlife. There are 800 hectares of woodland and forest to explore including ancient Atlantic coastal oak woods, and the local glens offer tranquillity and stunning views around every bend.
The residents of Knoydart took ownership of their own land in 1999 – 17,500 acres of the peninsula – a significant milestone in community land ownership in Scotland. The Knoydart Foundation was set up to enable us to manage the land and our assets. The Bunkhouse is one of the Foundation’s trading companies that provide services and income for the benefit of the community and visitors alike. Knoydart is one of the many strong & resilient working communities on Scotland’s wild West Highland Coast.
A wee bit more info about the Bunkhouse The Bunkhouse has 25 beds in 3 bedrooms sleeping 10, 7 and 8, and all bedding is provided. There is Wifi available in designated areas, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen and free tea and coffee (donations welcome!) The cosy lounge has nice comfy seats and sofas, plenty of books, magazines, DVDs and even videos! There’s always lots of wood for the wood burning stove and you’ll find it in the shed, supplied from our own woodlands by the Knoydart Forest Trust. The drying room has plenty of racks and hangers and there are hot showers – you can borrow a towel for a wee donation if you’ve forgotten your own! A laundry service can usually be arranged with staff and an internet public phone is available (there is no mobile signal in Inverie). Daily weather reports are displayed as well as information about scheduled walks and tours. We are family friendly with a reduced rate of £10 per night for children aged 16 and under. In the lounge there is a collection of children’s DVDs, toys, books and games and many activities in the area are suitable for children.
Walkies! Perfect for our four-legged friends, we are surrounded by stunning mountain & coastal scenery, within a National Scenic Area.
Dog friendly accommodation is available for good dogs at Knoydart Bunkhouse. The accommodation is shared (unless booked for sole use) so please contact Fiona in advance of your stay to ensure it is convenient to bring your dog. Please be a responsible dog-owner and keep dogs under close control where livestock is present – we have sheep and Highland cows on our hills and in our glens – and be aware of wildlife which is never far away.
We request that visitors keep their dogs on leads in the village areas and be aware that we are a busy working community with vehicles, including heavy plant, using the road and tracks. Needless to say, please clean up after your pooch – we prefer the ‘flick with a stick’ approach into vegetation where no-one walks and where it can rot down harmlessly. Please minimise the use of plastic poo bags, even biodegradable ones.
Knoydart is accessible only by boat or a long, satisfying walk in around the coast or through the hills.
Our sister community enterprise, the Foundation Shop & Off-licence is located in the central part of Inverie village, about a 15 minute walk from the Bunkhouse. You can get your delicious Knoydart wild venison here, and choose from Scottish craft beers, gins, malts and a selection of wine. You will also find unique Knoydart gifts including quality locally made products, maps, walks leaflets, books and postcards.
In this part of the village you will also find the Post Office/convenience store, the Old Forge pub, and the Tearoom and Pottery. located next door to the Shop, the Foundation Display Room has information about the history and geography of the area and the Knoydart Ranger Service provides Carbon Cycle bike hire, organised walks and tours throughout the year and excellent information and advice for walkers. The Knoydart Community Hall is a vibrant community-run venue also located in the main part of Inverie. It hosts year-round events so please check the website or sign up for the mailing for up to date information. 2018 is a big year for the hall with plans for its redevelopment coming to fruition. Lots of fundraising and support events going on with this in mind.
Other place to eat or buy food include the Kilchoan Farm Shop (less than 10 mins walk from the Bunkhouse), Morag’s Snack Shack (just next door & open 24 hours for home-cooked ready meals), Knoydart River Cottage, The Gathering, Westfield, Galley on the Hill, Doune Dining Room and the Road’s End Cafe in Airor. Please see the Visit Knoydart visitor site for links and further information.
The Bunkhouse is located within walking distance of 3 Munros, a number of Corbetts and countless hiking trails. Forest trails are abundant and take you through ancient woodland areas near the village. Rare coastal sessile oak woodlands exist heading west down the road. Ride the mountain bike track through the woods.
A National Scenic Area, with ancient woodlands, wild grasslands & peat bogs, Knoydart is also home to wildlife such as the white tailed & golden eagles, ptarmigan, barn owls, pipistrelle bats and red deer. Whale watching boat trips are available locally and there are regular sightings of minke whale, basking shark, porpoise, dolphin, sea otter, common & grey seal. Local boats are also available to hire for day trips to the Small Isles. We enjoy the incredible stellar views offered by dark skies too!
There is a 7-mile road to Airor (our prime Northern Lights viewpoint) and cyclists can bring their bikes or hire a Carbon Cycle bike to cycle this scenic route, take the rough tracks through the glens or follow the mountain bike trail in the woods behind Inverie village.
Free fishing is available in a small loch West of the village and mackerel fishing is popular in season off the pier. There is permit fishing in Loch Bhraomisaig, Loch an Dubh Lochan and Inverie River. Loch Nevis is a sea loch, suitable for various water sports and activities; many sail and kayak into Inverie. Great wild swimming in Loch Nevis and in various river pools around the peninsula.
The geology of the area is fascinating as Knoydart is home to some of the world’s oldest rocks and there is also an old mica mine here. More recent Knoydart history boasts of Vikings, ancient settlements, forfeiture & the Jacobite uprising, and the Highland Clearances.