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 4 hrs hours departs at 11am 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, there is an opportunity haul lobster pots, still dripping from the seabed or try your hand at line fishing for species such as pollock, saithe, Wrasse but most fun of all hand lining for Mackerel. 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.
During the cruise the vessel will be stopping at Inverie pier, 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 & lunch 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, the remotest pub in mainland Britain. 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.