Travelling to Knoydart
Western Isles Cruises
Start your visits to Inverie with a trip you will never forget.
The Knoydart Western Isles Ferry sails several times a day, every day, between the Scottish fishing village of Mallaig to Inverie and Tarbet in Loch Nevis. The jewel in our crown is the Western Isles, an 84 passenger traditional wooden ferry, with a licensed bar and toilets aboard.
We also accept highland travel cards. The transfer takes between 25 and 40 minutes depending on the boat you catch.
You can find our full time table via the website button above. We also operate a fast RIB for those wishing a private hire at a time of their choosing. More info on our RIB activity services can be found here.
Booking advisable due to demand.
Calanna is Knoydart's local charter boat based in Inverie. Fully licensed and insured for 12 passengers. She is a Lochin 33, (the same hull as used by the RNLI for their Brede class Lifeboat). Comfortable and sea kindly, fast or slow with a large, safe deck.
Calanna is named after Calum and Anna, her skipper Iain Wilson's two children. Iain, who lives on Knoydart and farms at Inverguserain, has been sailing round Knoydart and the Small Isles for over 30 years dropping off hill walkers, whale and shark watching, picnicking, fishing, photographing wildlife, or just enjoying the craic on a wee sail up the loch. We can tailor a trip for your needs.
There are many routes into Knoydart, with the most popular starting at Kinlochhourn, Glenfinnan or Glen Dessary. If you are interested in walking in we recommend you contact the Knoydart Foundation’s Ranger Service, who are able to provide help and advice on what can be an arduous trek.
From Kinlochhourn: Most people take two days, breaking their journey at the campsite or bothy at Barisdale (there is also a very small bunkhouse and a larger house which takes weekly lets). One thing you should bear in mind if planning this walk is that there is no longer a postbus service to Kinlochhourn, so you need to make your own way there. A taxi is sometimes the best option: Jamie's Taxi Service in Fort William tell us they regularly do trips to Kinlochhourn, and there are bound to be other companies who are willing to do the same.
The Glenfinnan route is harder, in that it requires more route-finding, and crosses more trackless / boggy country. However there is a train station at Glenfinnan, so it is easier to get to the start-point. Most people take three days, breaking their route at or near two of the bothies en route. You should always bring a tent on this route, as bothies fill up (especially in summer). Please note that bothies are NOT bookable. See http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/ for more information on bothies.
A Note About Access
We are very lucky in Scotland to have the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, which details the rights and responsibilities of access-takers and landowners.
As a walker, cyclist or horserider you can access most areas of land, and are able to camp in most places that are outwith the grounds (curtilages) of properties (please avoid areas where your presence might disturb livestock, or where forestry operations are taking place).