Got any questions before you arrive? Please take a look through our FAQ’s…if you can’t find the answer then please get in touch.
How do we get to Knoydart House Studio Room from the pier?
We provide you at Knoydart House Studio Room with one main collection service and return drop off service on the date of booking arrival and at the end of your booking departure from Inverie pier with a vehicle and luggage with trailer. The house is only a 5 minute walk away but makes for a relaxing start to your holiday here on Knoydart. Should you wish additional transport ie taxi-ing collection arrangement during your stay to this can be pre-arranged in advance of arrival and there is a nominal fee applicable for this additional service.
How long does the crossing take?
The crossing time takes approx 25 minutes on fast water taxi or 45 minutes by the Western Isles ferry service. The service is interchangeable as both vessels operate every day. There are several boat operators that can be booked, the details are on our get here page. The crossing is 7 miles across a sheltered sea loch (Loch Nevis) and all boat operators we recommend are MCA coded, family friendly and operate daily. Western Isles Ferry Service has several runs daily 01687 462233. Booking essential www.westernislescruises.co.uk email email@example.com
Do you have an ironing board, washing machine, drying rack?
Yes we have an eco washing machine and tumble drier in the outside laundry area for guests use. There is a Brabantia ironing board, iron, full sized pulley drying rack outside in the covered area and also an outdoor washing line as well – ideal for hot tub towels and costumes.
Where can we get supplies?
We always recommend that guests do a big shop before arriving as there is limited shop supplies here on the peninsula. There is a large Morrisons in Fort William which you may want to stop off at en-route, however Mallaig has a well stocked Co-Op, Spar, Chemist and newsagent, as well as an excellent fishmonger Andy Race (01687 462626) where you can buy fresh fish and shellfish to take with you. There is also a Post Office on Knoydart which opens for a few hours a day every day from May – October or Mon, Wed and Fridays Oct – May which carries a limited stock of items but it is mainly tinned goods and not fresh produce. We freeze our milk and bread here on Knoydart. Guests can arrange for goods to be delivered from Mallaig during their stay if further items are required such as fish, shellfish or a Co-op shop (01687 462240). There is a simple procedure for doing so, call the SPAR direct in Mallaig on 01687 460257 and they will deliver to where the Western Isles ferry collects items from ( they are very helpful and do not need 24 hours notice of orders). For Co-op orders these require to be placed by email through the Co-operative centralised website you will need to log on to http://www.co-operativefood.co.uk/mallaig 24 hours before and place your order required. You will need to phone the store 24 hours in advance of placing your order with your credit card details. Please ensure boxes are marked up with 1. Your own name in full on them 2. C/0 Knoydart House and 3. you will require to call Western Isles Ferry Service on 01687 462233 as soon as you have placed your order and pay for the carriage charge in advance with your card or arrange with the ferry to pay for your items on collection from the ferry on arrival in Inverie, Knoydart. Being a very busy ferry service for the peninsula, items cannot be delivered or deposited on the pier without freight payment arrangement in advance, thank you. You can purchase haunches, joints, venison sausages, burgers, minced venison and also smoked venison. Give them a ring on 01687 462242 to pre-order before you arrive. It is delicious!
Can we bring a vehicle?
All vehicles on Knoydart require a residents local permit and guests are not permitted to bring vehicle with them.
Does the house have central heating?
Knoydart House Studio Room operates by Nibe thermal heat pump and has full underfloor heating throughout with each room zone controlled to maintain constant temperature at all times.
Can you arrange any special activities locally for our stay with you?
We have a strong partnerships with local boat operators who offer tailored packages for half day or whole day activities as well as tailored made trips to places such as Rum, Eigg, Canna, Muck and Gavin Maxwells locations from his book Ring of Bright Water etc and other exciting destinations in the locality. Go whalewatching, visit Rum Castle, Isle of Eigg, Skye, Muck or Canna. Please ask when booking for details of operators packages and price information can be forwarded to you in advance of arrival to help you make the most of the locality. We have an in-house masseuse that can be booked to visit Knoydat House Studio on request, advance notice is required should you wish this service.
Is there anywhere we can hire / use bikes?
There is a new mountain bike track newly built on Knoydart by the Knoydart Forest Trust. Bikes can now be hired direct from the rangers office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book bike hire whilst staying on Knoydart.
Can we hire fishing rods and where can we fish?
Mackerel fishing off the pier is always a popular holiday activity and usually with great results! Fishing rods can be hired here for £5 per day including hooks and weights (£4 refundable deposit for return of rods intact with all tackle), further feathers and weights can be purchased if required on Knoydart. Just enquire on arrival at Knoydart House. Please also feel free to bring your own rods, nets and crabbing lines for the children. If you wish to do some river fishing there are a few options available. You can fish for free on the small hill-lochs on Knoydart Foundation land. Alternatively there are some catch and release salmon options on the Inverie river (nearby estate for approx £40 per day, or hill loch fishing at Bhromisaig for approx £12 per day pp by request. You can fish for free on small hill-lochs on Knoydart Foundation land. There is no sea rod hire facility from the house directly however if you wish to bring your own angling gear, please do. Our local boat operators can offer you a half or full days fishing charter on request with sea angling rods hired as part of their excursion package.
Can we do any guided walks on Knoydart?
There are plenty low level and high level walks, that can be tailored to all ages and abilities. We have an excellent ranger service here on Knoydart and you can arrange a guided walk that easily accommodates mixed abilities in your group from one hour to a full day with a landrover to suit your own requirements. There are many marked walks and woodland trails that you can do unaided such as Knoydart in a Nutshell. To book a guided walk direct with our ranger (01687 462242) or email our ranger Amie@knoydart.org
Can we get married on Knoydart?
We have had some lovely humanist ceremonies here on Knoydart for civil partnership ceremonies on the decking and in the woodland. Some guests choose to get married on a beach. We also have Knoydart Hide our luxury honeymmon hideaway for 2 www.knoydarthide.co.uk which can be booked in conjunction with Knoydart House Studio Room.
Can we bring our dog with us?
One well behaved pets is most welcome by prior arrangement only. We ask that dogs remain strictly off furniture at all times. Please bring your dogs own bedding, towels, bowls etc. We can provide extra towels for beachy paws and bowls and a basket if required and there are some great forest walks and beach runs for our four legged guests. Please inform us at time of booking or in advance of arrival if you wish to bring a pet with you. There are some great forest walks and beach runs here for our four legged guests and we can provide on request pet bowl, bpet basket (medium) and pet towels for beach paws. There is a pet houskeeping charge of £10 per night capped at £30 for the duration of their stay at Knoydart House Studio room.
Is there anything else we should bring with us?
We provide toilet rolls, black bags, dishwashing liquid, tea, sugar, coffee however, you may want to consider bringing an ipod (we have a Bose sound dock), laptop (for wifi). Please bring your own choice of cooking oil and washing powder -(due to different skin sensitivities and nut allegies we ask that you select your own preferred oil and powder, thank you).We have a Nespresso coffee maker pods are provided for during your stay
We provide Highland Organics Lemongrass and Ginger shampoo, conditioner and bodywash and a hairdyer is provided. We do provide all towels, including an extra towel for hot tub use. Please be advised as standard our luxury duvets are fine plump goose and duck feather stuffing and therefore if you have a feather allergy please advise in advance of arrival and we can provide allergy feather free bedding for you.