If you are looking for something a bit different in terms of self-catering accommodation, Knoydart House, by Mallaig is outstanding. This stunning, luxury, eco designed, hideaway on the remote Knoydart Peninsula, comes complete with not one but two private moorings and one of the best lochside hot tub views in the UK.
The Knoydart Penninsula is located on the North West of Scotland and is 107 miles from the nearest city. It is unbelievably still not accessible by road even in this day and age. There is one stretch of road, approx 9 miles long but local vehicle owners enjoy the same benefits as if they lived on a small island as they are not required to pay road tax or M.O.T their cars!
There are two ways to get to Knoydart, with the most popular being the ferry from Mallaig or for the more adventurous, there is a long walk (17 miles)from Kinloch Hourn (the nearest place that is connected to the main road)
Overlooking Loch Nevis and the Small Isles, Knoydart House is sited in some of the most romantic and remote scenery in Scotland. The house itself sleeps 10 in 5 luxurious bedrooms and is accessible only by boat offering a very unique island-like lifestyle.
It really is a true wilderness holiday on a highland estate for groups, families, artists, munro baggers, walking/climbing enthusiasts There is fishing, sea-kayaking, bird watching, red deer stalking and photography all on your doorstep. Or perhaps you would rather just take the time to relax and enjoy the idyllic surroundings!
Things to Do and See
Knoydart is traditionally known as the ‘Rough Bounds’ and ‘Britain’s Last Wilderness’ because of its remoteness; it is also a designated national scenic area. It is an excellent base for walkers as there are three munros; Ladhar Bheinn, Meall Budhie and Luinne Bheinn. If all that effort isn’t your thing, you can just enjoy the quiet secluded beaches, beach barbeques, al fresco breakfasts or mackerel fishing for supper. Knoydart is a rare Treasure Island escape with no roads in, and made for children and adults on downtime.
You might also want to think about taking the Hogwarts Express ‘Jacobite Steam train’ (favoured by a certain little wizard!) on a return daytrip from Mallaig or visit the famous Camusdarach beach featured in Burt Lancaster’s film Local Hero. Climb Brockets Monument, learn about the last Scottish land raid, see the cairn for the Seven Men of Knoydart or take one of many organised ranger guided walks. Try raft building, paddling in burns, shell collecting, climbing waterfalls, swimming in the rivers, building forest dens, go crabbing and mussel picking or fungi foraging all from Knoydart House.
If you can bear to tear yourself from your luxury holiday home, you can also go island hopping on the fast water taxis to the Inner Hebridean isles of Rum, Canna, Muck, Eigg and Isle of Skye.
New for 2010, this splendid holiday house has floor to glass ceilings, uninterrupted views, Douglas Fir vaulted ceilings, open beams, oak fittings and Italian tiled underfloor heating, with drystone features, open plan kitchen, luxury brands throughout, and a woodburning stove.
The multi-award winning local pub The Old Forge is the ‘remotest pub in mainland Britain’, and recognised by Peter Irvine as one of the best in Scotland. It has been commended for its seafood, real ale and live folk music ceilidhs, fresh creel langoustines, scallops and mussels (landed daily on the pier) and is only a 5 minute walk away.
Why not take a further look at Knoydart House and see if you are enticed by all that it has to offer!