Private Hire £500
£65 per adult, kids from £50 (minimum number required to run trip)
A slow cruise, keeping inshore around the environs and seascapes of the Knoydart Peninsula, it is an ideal way to explore and engage with wild, natural places. This afternoon boat trip, of around four hours, offers passengers a chance to properly experience the romantic landscapes of the North West Highlands by taking them on a tour up the north shore from Mallaig, around the coastline of the Knoydart peninsula and along the waters of the Loch Nevis narrows, where the mountains reflected in the limpid waters of the loch betoken the suggestion that its name comes from the Gaelic for “heaven” Quite apart from these crags and clouded peaks, passengers should seize the opportunity to catch sight of the area’s sea life, among which are to be found an array of seabirds, otters, grey seals basking on rocks, dolphins and porpoises slipping in and out of the water and even minke whales. In addition to this, there is an opportunity to create memories through real experiences, such as hauling lobster pots, still dripping from the seabed or learning to line fish.
As if the wealth of natural history and landscapes were not enough the route also introduces passengers to some of the local history, some of which can easily go unnoticed. This includes the many landmarks and monuments to be found both on the coastline and amongst the waves, the subtle vein of a Second World War mica mine running across the face of a mountain or the routes likely walked by the Jacobite’s or Vikings in days gone by, to name only a few such sights. Passengers can experience all these things as the boat makes its way around the surrounding natural harbours of the Knoydart peninsula, stopping at both Inverie, where passengers may want to pay a visit to The Old Forge, Britain’s most remote pub, or could even just content themselves picking along the shoreline to Airor, where passengers can enjoy a chance to visit a charming remote rustic café (The Road Ends Café) which is described by previous guests as a magical place to relax.
Alternatively, perhaps you would rather cook the catch or something we have purchased on board, while tasting some of my favourite Malt whisky. After all this, returning in the evening, passengers can relax and take one last chance look back at the landscape lying under reefs of plum blue clouds and the yellow sky, watching as the hills recede and begin to hush blue themselves, leaving anybody with the longing to return to Britain’s last unspoiled wilderness: The North West Highlands