Scotland: Three Days on a Remote Peninsula – Part 1

A bothy or old ruins along the stalker path on Knoydart Peninsula, ScotlandWhat happens when one decides to go off the beaten (American) path in Scotland? One winds up with an experience far surpassing what they hoped.

I could go into detail on the first two days in Inverie, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland, but I did that in the cell phone photos version of this post a couple weeks back.  Instead, I’ll just give you the gist of what it was like.

*Note: read each of these starting with “Oh, my God!”

1. It’s so cute! (referring to the village of Inverie)

2. It’s so beautiful! (referring to the peninsula as a whole)

3. You really do need a reservation for dinner at the pub.

4. It’s so peaceful!

5. Those are the munros I’m going up?

6. This is going to hurt.

7. What was I thinking!?

8. I’m going to die.

9. I lived, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10. Hot water is A-Mazing!

I believe these photos are in order – at least mostly.  We started from our place at the Knoydart Bunkhouse, headed down a stalker path, up Luinne Bheinn (pr: Luna Ben or Looney Ben), across some ridge lines, over and up Meall Buidhe (pr: Mal Buoy), down ‘the nose’, through some bog (my introduction to bog hopping), over a bridge, back down the stalker path, and promptly (with very slow, very deliberate movements) into the best hot shower I’ve ever taken (no photos, but you should count yourself lucky on that).

Heading to Knoydart Peninsula from Mallaig:

Ferry Looking at Mallaig before shoving off

Looking at Knoydart Peninsula from the Western Isles Ferry

Knoydart Peninsula from Inverie Bay

Big hills from western isles ferry

Knoydart from the Western Isles Ferry

Church converted to home in Inverie, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

The next day – Heading into the hills!:

Heading up to Luinne Bheinn

Path on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Looking back at the deer farm on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Looking up to the munros and cloud coverage on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Steven Fallon group on the way up to Luinne Bheinn, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

stalker path to luinne bheinn, knoydart peninsula, scotland

 

Heading up the Stalker Path to Luinne Bheinn

The loch at Knoydart Peninsula

View of a creek running down to the loch on Knoydart peninsula, Scotland

Creek running down Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Steven Fallon group meeting on Luinne Bheinn, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

View back at the loch we passed coming up Luinne Bheinn

Started out down there and beyond

Martin - guide from Steven Fallon - assessing location on Luinne Bheinn, Scotland

Group meeting on the way up Luinne Bheinn, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Look back from Luinne Bheinn to our path up - Scotland

Clouds rolling over Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Me - Girl - Hiking up Luinne Bheinn on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Summit at Luinne Bheinn, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Summit on Luinne Bheinn, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland - my first summit!

View of the bay from Luinne Bheinn, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Steven Fallon Group taking a short break on Luinne Bheinn, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Views of the rolling hills of Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Views of Knoydart Peninsula, munros, and lochs from Luinne Bheinn, Scotland

Boots up on a mountain - munro - Luinne Bheinn - Scotland

Martin from Steven Fallon Mountain Guides on a ridge line headed for Meall Buidhe - Looking out over Inverie Bay, Scotland

Ridge Line to Meall Buidhe on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

30 - Hiking Knoydart - Making our way to Meall Buidhe

Ridge line on the way to Meall Buidhe, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Views of the rolling hills and munros of Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Ridge lines on the way to Meall Buidhe

Red deer on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

View of the cross off the Stalker Path in Inverie, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

This marker was placed by Lord Brocket in memorial to his father, a laird and Nazi-sympathizer…

View of Inverie from the Nose - Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Girl encounters first Highland Cow

Martin assured me Highland Cattle are docile, sweet little beasties otherwise I would not have turned my back!

Girl encountering her first Highlander - Highland Cow on Knoydart Peninsula Scotland

I found him! I found my Highlander! Just like all the smutty books promised: Big, beefy, gentle, and a bit shaggy

Path back to Inverie, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland - Two Gents Walking

Looking into the Forest on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland - Woods

Forest - Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland - Woods

View of Inverie Bay from the Stalker Path on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Deer and a view of Inverie Bay on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

View of the Deer Farm in Inverie, Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland - Hills - Western Highlands

Small waterfall under a bridge on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Scottish National Security - Fighting Terrorism since 1291 - Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Gnarly Tree on Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Special thanks to:

Steven Fallon Mountain Guides (esp. Martin) for putting together such a great adventure!

The Old Forge Pub for the absolutely amazing food!  Hello, Cullen Skink, anyone?

Western Isles Cruises for getting us to Inverie safe and sound, and being such amazing gents in moving around my beast of a bag.

Knoydart Bunkhouse for being amazingly friendly, for letting me use your washer and dryer (hallelujah!), and for having the wicked awesome dry room!

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