12 Jan Knoydart Peninsula, West Highlands
The Knoydart Peninsula is the only sizeable area in Britain that remains inaccessible to the motor car, cut off by miles of rough country and the embracing arms of Lochs Nevis and Hourn – Gaelic for the lochs of Heaven and Hell. No road penetrates this wilderness of rugged hills – Inverie, its sole village, can only be reached by ferry from Mallaig, or on foot from the remote road-end at Kinloch Hourn.
The remote peak of Ladhar Bheinn (pronounced laar-ven), has some of the West coast’s finest views. There are no shops, no TV and no mobile phone reception, although there is internet access!
The Old Forge is listed in the Guinness Book Of Records as Britain’s most remote pub. It’s surprisingly sophisticated – as well as having real ale on tap, and the house special is a platter of langoustines with aioli dipping sauce. In the evening you can sit by the fire, pint of beer in hand and join the impromptu ceilidh (an evening of traditional Scottish entertainment including music, song and dance) that seems to take place just about nightly.
The Knoydart Peninsula is a must see on your tours of Scotland.