Join a small sociable group as we take on this fantastic journey, a three day walk through the mountains of western Scotland, camping on the way, in an aim to reach the coast of the Knoydart peninsula. Starting from Glenfinnan, on the main railway line north-west of Fort William, we’ll spend two nights wild camping in the glens of the Rough Bounds of Knoydart as we make our way north and then west. Our final night will be at the Knoydart bunkhouse or campsite, from where we can head to the Old Forge, the ‘remotest pub in mainland Britain’, for a finishing celebration. During these three days we’ll be carrying our kit, camping in the glens and crossing mountain passes, looking out for wildlife such as golden eagles, and enjoying the wilderness. Your leader will take care of the navigation, select good camp spots, and help point out the sights. Though ideally you’ll be used to some camping, the route is on paths and the campsites will be low level, so beginners are welcome. In a nutshell: Spend three days walking the glens and passes of the western Highlands on your way to Knoydart. Get to know the landscape, look out for wildlife, and enjoy the peace of the wilderness. Learn about wild camping, leave no trace philosophy, and the history of this part of Scotland. Meet new friends and relax in the company of an experienced leader. Finish at the village of Inverie, with a celebration in the pub, and a ferry across the sea to Mallaig the next morning.
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You’ll meet the group and your leader in Fort William, at 07:30am at the railway station, where you’ll have a quick chat about the plans for the day, and equipment, before boarding the 08:30am train to Glenfinnan. Please make sure you’ve had breakfast, or have brought something to eat on the train.
Please note that you must have all your kit with you for this meeting. There won’t be another chance to get anything! Your leader will have the evening meals and breakfasts for the trip, but you’ll need lunch for three days, as well as snacks. Please see below for kit and food details.
Once we’re off the train in Glenfinnan, we start the journey with a visit to Prince Charlie’s monument and a walk under the Glenfinnan Viaduct (from Harry Potter). Then it’s up Glen Finnan itself, over the pass of Bealach a’Chaorainn and down into Gleann a’Chaorainn. We’ll camp either in Glen Pean or Glen Dessarry.
After a no doubt peaceful night camping, today we’re off on a rougher part of the journey, following the River Dessarry up to the pass of Bealach an Lagain Duibh. Surrounded by towering peaks, we descend past the pretty upland waters of Lochan a’Mhaim before following the Finiskaig River down to the sea shore at Sourlies.
Our campsite tonight will be in sight of the sea, reaching us via the great sea-loch of Loch Nevis.
Our final day of walking, we start by immediately passing Loch Nevis to officially enter Knoydart. Then comes the steepest (but also the last) climb of the journey, up to the pass between Meall Bhasiter and Sgurr Sgeithe. The path is good, and then leads gently downhill through Gleann Meadail. The coast now again in sight, we follow the Inverie River to the village of Inverie itself, and the end of our journey.
Tonight we’ll head to the pub for a celebratory meal. We’ll be staying in the Knoydart bunkhouse to guarantee an indoor area to relax and have showers. The dorms here are shared and mixed gender, and we will not have private rooms only for Large Outdoors members. If this is a problem for anyone you are welcome to use the nearby campsite.
This morning we head to the jetty and catch the morning ferry from Inverie back to Mallaig, where there is a mainline railway station.
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
Own Tent – You are bringing your own tent. Please make sure it is a 2-layer tent. Shared Tent Hire – For those happy to share a tent on the same sex basis, this does mean you get to share the carrying. Private Tent Hire – If you would like to hire one of our tents but just for yourself. You will be responsible for carrying this yourself.
Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.
North Rd, Fort William PH33 6TQ, UK