Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published December 11th 2012
Make waves and catch the boat to the Old Forge
Need to get away from it all? I mean really get away from it all? Fancy having a glass of the UK's finest while doing so?
View of Inverie (the Old Forge is in the cluster of white buildings in the centre), Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland
If this sounds like you, consider putting a trip to The Old Forge pub on Scotland's remote Knoydart Peninsula on your bucket list. Only accessible by multi-day walk or boat, The Old Forge sits in the tiny village of Inverie, on the northern shore of Loch Linnie. If walking in is not your thing, you can get there by postal boat or occasional ferry from Mallaig - the stepping off point to the 'Small Isles' of Muck, Eigg and Rhum.
If this seems like a lot of effort to sup a pint of ale, perhaps this will sweeten the offering: winner of numerous awards, the Old Forge is at the heart of the tight-knit Knoydart community. It is officially the remotest pub in mainland UK, it serves cracking good meals, using locally produced venison and fresh caught seafood without equal. On a cold winter's afternoon this week, I popped in for a hearty bowl of ginger and parsnip soup with homemade bread. Yum.
It has a great range of ever-changing real ales (Isle of Skye's Red and Black Cuillans and Mallaig's Glenfinnan Brewery's Hebridean Gold are popular) and of course great malts. Oh, and it has some of the best craic you could ever want - it is a popular pub with both local musos and folk musicians, and has even recorded its own 'Jam' CD of its famous live sessions. There are always a couple of spare fiddles and a bodhran hiding behind the bar if you feel the urge. The pub also has some fantastic accommodation options (as does the rest of the village), so that you only have to stagger home a matter of metres. And the final temptation has to be that it offers 11 of its own private moorings to passing yachties - do book ahead for your moorings in summer! What are you waiting for?
Hi Vanessa - I wonder if you get a chance, could you please add the last 4 articles I did all as related articles for each other please, ie The Sleeper Train to Scotland, The Old Forge Pub, Winter Wlaking in Scotland and the Road to the Isles? Many thanks, Julie