A weekend in Knoydart with 7 friends...
We left on the Friday morning, having booked the "fast boat" out to Inverie, for the 7 mile sea crossing over Loch Nevis from Mallaig. It was a great alternative start to the weekend, as not only did it get us there considerably quicker that the scheduled ferry service. It also allowed for some wildlife watching with Minky Whales and Porpoise visible along with a host of sea birds. Little know to me it was the very close encounter on the return ferry that provided the best whale watching with the boat having to stop to allow one to pass in front of us safely maybe 10m meters from the boat.
The early arrival on Knoydart meant we had time to climb Sgurr Coire Choinnichean, its one of the smaller Corbetts, but given that it sits with feet in salt water, you will have to climb every inch of it. Sgurr Coire Choinnichean is the most westerly top on a long steep sided ridge forming the N side of Gleann an Dubh-Lochain. It was great that all 8 of us made it to the top as on a previous visit in 2015 only 2 out of the 5 folk did.
Looking down on Loch Nevis and Inverie
Following the excursion up the hill which took roughly 4 hours we visited the Old Forge Inn, which even though its fallen from its glory days as the centre of the village it still serves a refreshing cold pint. (the pub is no longer frequented by the locals due to various issues with the land lord) Followed by an evening of Wisky in the Knoydart Foundation Bunkhouse.
Saturday we took a landrover tour with the local ranger Amy who shared some of the history and ecology of the area along with the visions of the Foundations future following the land buyout.
Looking back to Inverie with the Corbett above the village on the left.
Airor is a hamlet in the peninsula of Knoydart, Lochaber, Highland, on the west coast of Scotland.
It is situated on the north-west coast of Knoydart, and consists of a few houses clustered round Airor Bay, as well as several pre-clearance ruins. The settlement overlooks the Sound of Sleat and the Isle of Skye.
The ponies used by the estate during deer stalking.
Sunday was spent with a walk up the river.
The BIG house.
Looking east atop of the small hill, Torr a Bhalbhain, the memorial erected by the 2nd Lord Brocket, the despised landowner who purchased Knoydart in the 1930s