3.5 of 5 (4 votes)

Knoydart's headland

A strenuous walk (coast) in Highlands, Scotland, about 20.70km (12.86 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 254m (833ft)
Descent 259m (849ft)
Max. Elevation 170m (557ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 513m (1682ft)
Start & End
Distance 20.70km
Duration ~6:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 28 Apr 2015
If you have a day to spare on Knoydart and aren't tempted by one of the hills, then this coastal walk will be just right. Although much of the route is on roads, these are quiet tracks passing through the moorland to connect some of Knoydart's isolated communities. The coastline is wonderful - check for otters and seals as you go - and the walk is not completely straightforward, with a tricky river crossing halfway round. There are leaflets detailing the walk in the Knoydart Foundation office in Inverie (www.knoydart-foundation.com)

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Start at Inverie (boat from Mallaig - no buses or trains out here!)
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From the harbour, follow the road heading west along the coast.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
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At the fork, take the upper road that heads uphill.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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The road heads across the moorland-covered hills and past Glaschoille Loch.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
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Continue past the turn-off to the remote farm at Sandaig. Actually, forget the adjective - assume everything mentioned is remote unless stated otherwise.
About 2.53 km (~1.57 miles) from
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As you veer north, look for the sign that says 'Doune here'. The path leads to Doune, where there is, believe it or not, a tea shop. But you need to have rung ahead from Inverie if you wanted a cuppa.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
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This used to be the busiest settlement on Knoydart, and there are still a few people living here. Check the bay as you walk round; seals often swim about here.
About 2.06 km (~1.28 miles) from
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Continue past the farm at Samadalan, along with the scary-looking but placid cows.
About 1.48 km (~0.92 miles) from
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At Inverguseran, you need to cross the river. The easiest place is directly opposite the farmhouse on the opposite bank. But only cross if it is safe to do so. If it looks too high or the current is too strong, continue along the same bank you are on. It's a rough path but passable.
About 1.95 km (~1.21 miles) from
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If you can cross, pass through the farm buildings and join the farm road that follows the valley upstream.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
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It's a beautiful walk alongside the river in one of the most peaceful parts of the UK. Keep your eyes open for birds of prey on the peaks above.
About 2.81 km (~1.75 miles) from
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Continue along the track, beyond the turning for Ladhar Bheinn.
About 2.28 km (~1.42 miles) from
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The path drops into a conifer plantation just outside Inverie.
About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
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Head through the holiday cottages, and the path drops you right outside the Old Forge pub. What are the chances? Better go inside for a pint, I guess.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from

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