This cruise stays close to shore, exploring the surroundings and seascapes of the Knoydart Peninsula. It is an excellent way to explore this beautiful wild, natural area. 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 Mallaig and allows passengers to fully appreciate the romantic landscapes of the Northwest Highlands. The tour takes you west out to the sound of Sleat, along the Skye shoreline then east to Loch Nevis. 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 minke whales and visitors may also be lucky enough to catch sight of Sea Eagles which nest 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. A chance encounter with Tom McClean the adventure and first man to row the Atlantic solo or sail the Atlantic on a vessel that measures 7 foot 8 inches. 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.
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 & tearoom 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.
Tailored private group experience price from: 4hrs £675.00. 6hrs £950.00. 8hrs £1150.00. Seafood £75.00PP