Knoydart Mountains

This evening, I am posting information on Knoydart, a mountainous peninsula which lies to the S.E.of Isle of Skye, between lochs Nevis and Hourn.

For those interested in etymology the name is ultimately derived from Old Norse and means Cnut’s Fjord. The Vikings controlled vast tracts of the West of Scotland for about four hundred years.

Knoydart extends to about 17,500 acres. Most of the area is owned by the Knoydart Foundation which is mandated to exercise stewardship on behalf of the resident community (approx. 100 persons) and environment.

Knoydart from Sleat, Isle of Skye

Knoydart has a recorded history dating back to the 12th century when it was part of a kingdom led by Somerled, a Viking who was progenitor of Clan MacDonald.In the mid 19th century Knoydart, in common with many parts of the Scottish Highlands, suffered extensive depopulation due to the Highland Clearances, with many of the inhabitants being forced to emigrate to Canada.

Knoydart in winter 

Today, the only principal community on Knoydart is found in the village of Inverie where can be found a school, various lodgings, a Post Office and the Old Forge Inn, which is the remotest hostelry on mainland Britain. There is also a seven mile stretch of paved road which is unconnected to Scotland’s road system.

Knoydart from Armadale, Isle of skye

Knoydart is normally only accessed by sea via the daily all year round Knoydart ferry service between the fishing village of Mallaig, to Inverie and Tarbet in Loch Nevis. This is a life-line service to one of the most remote places in Scotland. Alternative is  a two day walk.

Other than determined visitors who wish to connect with the wilderness landscape, Knoydart is usually viewed from the ferry which regularly plies between Mallaig and Armadale, Isle of Skye.

Here is a video clip taken from the ferry

Video clip of Pod of Dolphins taken from the ferry.

There are seven mountains on Knoydart of which three reach heights in excess of 3000 feet: Ladhar Bheinn, Meall Buidhe and Luinne Bheinn .

As will be evident from the images in this post the landscape is very rugged and offers excellent opportunities for photography.

It is rumoured that the real Long John Silver, who was used as a character in Stevenson’s Treasure Island,  came from Knoydart.

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