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.