I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time, and after graduation seemed like the perfect time to start ticking off fun travel things. I mentioned it to AW, and he seemed very keen, so we’ll be going together. What is it I hear you ask? Well, it’s a walk to the most remote pub on the island of Great Britain. Called the Old Forge, it is situated on the remote Knoydart Peninsula in the highlands (just opposite the Isle of Skye). It’ll take three days to walk there from the nearest town (Glenfinnan), camping for two nights along the way (one wild camping in a tent, the other, if it’s not full, in a bothy). You’ll definitely recognise Glenfinnan, or rather, its railway viaduct. It’s this bridge from the Harry Potter film series, and is where scenes like this were filmed. As me and AW will be getting the train to the start of the walk, we’ll get to travel over it, which will be great!
One of the benefits of walking in the Scottish Highlands in the summer is the long days. Owing to its high latitude, in the summer, sunrise is around 04:30, with sunset taking place well past 22:00, so there’s a lot of time for walking! The maps are faultless in the UK, courtesy of the Ordnance Survey, founded in 1791 to make detailed maps of the whole country. The remoteness of the Highlands means that you’re almost always alone in beautiful mountains. The only downside is that it usually rains, and there is a rather significant population of midges, ticks, and other delightful insects that enjoy eating you.
Once me and AW make it to the town of Inverie, and have enjoyed a celebratory pint and pub supper, the next morning, we’ll have to head back. We won’t be walking out though, but instead getting a boat across the sea loch to Mallaig, before getting the train back to the Home Counties.
All that remains now is to finalise the details and book everything up!
(If you’re interested in the route we’re planning to follow, the route described on this excellent blog here is what we’ll be aiming to emulate).
PS: The geology is pretty interesting around here too, so that’s an added bonus!