Dates: 5th - 12th September 2020 - BOOK NOW
Join SwimWild on an unforgettable swimming adventure as we explore remote parts of the Knoydart peninsula, Skye and the Small Isles! Expect incredible scenery, delicious food, stunning swims and comfortable accommodation in a fabulous location!
Our adventure base for the week is a remote wilderness lodge, situated at the Southern end of Doune Bay, Knoydart, looking West across to the Skye Cuillin. The lodge is tucked just 20 metres back from its own beach (sandy below mid-tide). Best accessed by boat, Knoydart is often described as the last wilderness in Scotland. Isolated from the rest of the Western Highlands by high mountains it remains an untamed and beautiful area of rugged landscapes and stunning sea lochs.
Each day, after breakfast, we will board the Mary Doune, our boat for the week, and make passages to Skye, the Small Isles or a remote corner of the Knoydart peninsula to begin our swimming adventures!
Start/Finish Point - Mallaig Railway Station
You will be met by your SwimWild guides on the main platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 5:50 pm on Day 1 of your trip. The time coincides with the arrival of the train from Glasgow. At Mallaig, we board our private launch to take us to our accommodation which is approximately a 30-minute crossing.
The weather will play a major part in the week’s itinerary. Our Skipper, Andy Tibbetts, will assess the conditions and make a plan with the SwimWild guides on a day to day basis. The beauty of having the lodge and the boat for the whole week is that Andy can tailor our schedule around the weather to give us the best chance of making it out to the remoter islands.
As well as exploring some remote parts of the mainland, we hope to get to some, if not all, of the following islands -
On the last day, you will be returned to Mallaig railway station at 10.00 am, shortly before the Glasgow train departs Mallaig.
The focus of this adventure is to explore the stunning islands and coastline and discover beautiful beaches, rather than to swim long distances. There are likely to be multiple short swims per day, as well as some optional longer swims. You can choose to just join in with the shorter swims and dips, or participate in every swim. If you have any doubt about your suitability to swim on this trip, get in touch with us and we can discuss the options.
I swim, but my partner doesn't. Can they come?
Absolutely! If they are a walker, wildlife enthusiast or just wish to experience the majesty of Knoydart and the Isles, they are welcome! Contact us before booking to discuss the suitability of the trip.
Things to consider -
Doune Bay Lodge
Accommodation in Doune Bay Lodge is in a mixture of twin and single rooms. The bedrooms, which are fairly compact, are located on the upper floor while the ground level consists of a large lounge and open plan kitchen for tea & coffee. Shared bathroom facilities are next door to the kitchen with showers, basins & toilets. Electricity is generated on-site during the day. Wifi is available while the power is on and cameras etc can be charged.
Single rooms - There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. There are a limited number of single rooms available on this trip, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Food/ Drink - Freshly prepared and locally sourced meals are taken in the adjacent restaurant and are a real highlight of this trip. Special dietary requirements can be catered for but must be advised at the time of booking. The restaurant is licensed and offers an excellent choice of wines, beers and spirits. Shoes with decent grip are needed to walk to the restaurant.