This cruise stays close to shore, exploring the surroundings and seascapes of the Knoydart Peninsula. It is an excellent way to explore and interact with wild, natural areas. The Knoydart Peninsula on Scotland’s West Coast is sandwiched between Loch Nevis and Loch Hourn, forming the northern part of what is traditionally known as “The Rough Bounds” due to its harsh terrain and remoteness. Knoydart is also known as “Britain’s Last Wilderness.” The peninsula is one of Scotland’s forty national scenic areas, which are defined to identify areas of exceptional scenery.
This 4-hour cruise departs from the Mallaig yacht pontoon and allows passengers to fully appreciate the romantic landscapes of the North West Highlands. The tour takes you up the north shore of Loch Nevis from Mallaig, around the coastline of the Knoydart peninsula, and along the waters of the Loch Nevis narrows. Aside from the crags and clouded peaks, passengers should keep an eye out for the area’s sea life, which includes a variety of seabirds, otters, grey seals basking on rocks, dolphins, and porpoises slipping in and out of the water. There are even minke whales on occasion. Visitors may also be lucky enough to see Sea Eagles nesting nearby.
You can also haul lobster pots or try your hand at sea angling for pollock, saithe, and Mackerel. We might even hot smoke some to eat for lunch! As if the abundance of natural history and landscapes weren’t enough, the route also introduces passengers to some of the local history, some of which may go unnoticed. This includes, to name a few, the many landmarks and monuments to be found both on the coast and among 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 Jacobites or Vikings in days gone by. This trip will introduce guests to some local geology; our area has a 3 billion-year-old fault line that is hosting the UK’s oldest rocks and volcanoes, and our 3D mapping system allows you to view the seabed to better understand the formations.
Before returning to Mallaig, the boat will stop at Inverie pier, where passengers can explore this remote village nestled on the shores of Brittan’s last wilderness. You can visit the Knoydart pottery & tea room for delicious home baking & lunch, or simply stroll through the village at a leisurely pace, or perhaps visit the Old Forge pub, the most remote pub on mainland Britain. Inverie has a 5 barrel brewery set up in a long deconsecrated chapel overlooking Loch Nevis; the Knoydart Brewery is possibly the most remote brewery on mainland Britain.
Private charter from £675.00