Community in the Wilderness

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.