Merging the experience of a fisherman and the knowledge of a bushcraft instructor to survive the inaccessible wilderness of Knoydart.

Reconnecting with wilderness

with Wildwood Bushcraft

Start your day with a voyage from Mallaig to Scotland’s last true wilderness, the Knoydart Peninsula. Alighting at Inverie, Leon of Wildwood Bushcraft will lead a short walk along the shore, and deliver a bushcraft session on firelighting, shelter, wild food and knife skills – the perfect preparation for heading into the remote hills of Knoydart. Learn about the coastal habitat, useful plants and foraging, with emphasis on responsible use of natural resources and how to tread lightly on the landscape. Discover the principles of survival, how to put up a group shelter with some useful knots, watch Leon demonstrate fire-lighting techniques and have a go yourself. Make a campfire, toast marshmallows or cook a wild lunch of fish and bannock bread.

Take time to relax around the fire together, reconnect with nature, and even whittle a spoon or spatula under the mountains of beautiful Knoydart. Adventures can be extended to include overnight wild camping on Knoydart. Leon will help you set up your camp with tents, hammocks, bivvies or tarps to which you can return at the end of the day.

Leon Durbin is the owner of Wildwood Bushcraft, a survival school that has been established since 2005. He is an ecologist and lecturer in Ecotourism at the University of the Highlands and Islands

A voyage to reach the inaccessible

with Minch Adventures

Continue the slow adventure on Knoydart as you embark with Billy on a marine adventure to explore local historical sights and breath-taking scenery. Catch sight of seabirds, otters, grey seals basking on rocks, dolphins, porpoises, and even minke whales. Try a spot of line fishing from the boat and sample the catch of the day, haul-up the lobster pots to see what you will find, and drink a wee dram as you sit back and listen to Billy’s seafaring tales. Stop off at Airor harbour and wander along the shoreline before stopping off at the unique and delightful Road’s End Cafe.

“After spending twenty-five years at sea as a fisherman, I decided to share my connection with this beautiful area with others by creating mini slow adventures. The West Coast is full of interesting nooks and crannies which offer endless opportunities to keep on discovering and adventuring. The area’s unique marine environment, the diverse wildlife, the history of the local area and the local people makes it a very unique place. Nature and wilderness helps me appreciate the simpler things in life”

Billy Simmonds, Fisherman

Trips are available all year round, subject to weather conditions and availability. Advance booking essential. Experiences can be tailored, and the longer boat trip can take place at the start or end of the day, also depending on weather conditions, tides and availability.

FULL DAY TRIPS:

3rd April, 17th May, 6th June,  20th June, 4th July, 15th August, 12 Sept, 26 Sept 2018

Price per person: £200 (for groups of 6-12)

MULTI DAY TRIPS:

10-12 April; 12-14 June; 21-23 August 2018

Price per person: £350 (for groups of 6-8)

Tailored trips available – please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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