Britain’s Last Wilderness

27/02/2012

Judging by the warmer weather we’ve been having over the past few days, spring is just around the corner, and it’s the time to research and plan some spring walks for when the weather brightens up for good.

The Knoydart Peninsula in the Scottish Highlands is often described as Britain’s last wilderness, cut off from roads on the Scottish mainland, near the Isle of Skye and surrounded by a ring of mountains; it is accessible only by boat crossing from the town of Maillag.

There are walks to suit all levels and endless views of beautiful highland scenery. You can plan a walk that ends and starts at the only pub in the tiny village of Inverie, the Old Forge, known for being the most remote pub in Great Britain by the Guinness World Book of Records. The Knoydart Peninsula is part of a National Scenic Area and the walks are comprised of four munros, Ladhar Bheinn, Luinne Bheinnn, Meall Buidhe and Sgurr na Ciche which are mountains in Scotland with a height of over 3000ft.

Being incredibly remote, and with some very difficult walks, you can book a ranger led walk, run by the community led Knoydart Foundation from a two hour ramble to full day hill walks. The benefit of having a guided walk is to learn more about the history, people and landscape of Knoydart and also to get further off the beaten path.

If looking to walk the Highlands, prepare fully by getting a sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots and breaking them in entirely before going on your walk. The Knoydart walks are at a higher altitude and you may warm up very quickly, so make sure your footwear of choice is breathable as well as being waterproof in case of any unexpected showers or dampness. Consider a hydration pack if taking a longer walk, as well as a water bottle. Invest in walking socks and carry a spare pair to change into, as well as wearing a pair of liner socks underneath for optimal comfort and freshness.