This cruise keeps inshore around the environs and seascapes of the Knoydart Peninsula. It’s 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 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 bring the shoreline to life with local stories, past and present; we will haul lobster pots, inspect the sea life and let visitors experience this first had for themselves. As if the wealth of natural history and landscapes were not enough, we will serve up a freshly sourced seafood lunch at Tarbet Bay on completion of a 45 minute trek on the south shores of Loch Nevis; which is a popular haunt for otters. A talented local folk musician will accompany us (subject to availability) and strum out a few tunes in the background during dinning. After lunch the vessel will cross Loch Nevis and stop at Inverie pier where passengers can explore this remote village nestled on the shores of Britain’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 or perhaps visit the Old Forge pub (Britain’s remotest pub). 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 or 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 cold water of the Atlantic produce the most delicious seafood to be found; lunch will include local creel caught West Coast Langoustines, local 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.