This cruise keeps inshore around the environs and seascapes of the Knoydart Peninsula. It is an ideal way to explore and engage with wild, natural places. Knoydart Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland is sandwiched between Loch Nevis and Loch Hourn, forming the northern part of what is traditionally known as “The Rough Bounds” because of its harsh terrain and remoteness, Knoydart is also referred to as “Britain’s Last Wilderness”. The peninsula is designated as one of the forty national scenic areas in Scotland which are defined so as to identify areas of exceptional scenery.
This cruise, of around 7 hours departs at 10am from the Mallaig yacht pontoon and offers passengers a chance to properly experience the romantic landscapes of the North West Highlands. The trip takes you 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. Quite apart from these crags and clouded peaks, passengers should look out for 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. There are even minke whales from time to time. Visitors may also be fortunate to catch sight of Sea Eagles that nest nearby.
In addition to this, we will be hauling in lobster pots and inspecting the sea life; there will also be opportunities to try your hand at line fishing for species such as pollock, saithe, wrasse & mackerel. As if the wealth of natural history and landscapes were not enough, we will serve up a seafood lunch at Tarbet Bay on completion of a 45 minute trek on the south shores of Loch Nevis. A popular local folk musician will accompany us and strum out a few tunes in the background during dinning. Passengers can experience all these as the boat makes its way around the surrounding natural harbours of the Knoydart peninsula, stopping at Inverie peir after lunch, where passengers can explore this remote village nestled on the shores of Brittan’s last wilderness. You can pay a visit to the Knoydart pottery & tea room for delicious home baking or just content yourself going for a stroll through the village to visit the red deer population at Kilchoan estate. Inverie has a 5 barrel brewery set up in a long deconsecrated chapel overlooking Loch Nevis; the Knoydart Brewery is possible the remotest brewery on mainland Britain.
On returning passengers can relax with a dram of Gaelic whisky & gin and take one last chance look back at the landscape of Britain’s last unspoiled wilderness and may find themselves fortunate enough to be hand feeding our local harbour seals back at the pontoon.
The seafood lunch will include local delicious West Coast Langoustines, silver sands hot & cold smoked salmon, brown crab claws, lobster & scallops. Subject to availability. This will be served at Tarbet bay in the recently converted church while the boat is at anchor. Tenders by dinghy.
Spaces available April – August. Trip price £135.00 Per Person.