The Rough Bounds

Knoydart, traditionally known as The Rough Bounds because of its remoteness in the West Highlands of Scotland, is renowned for its stunning beauty, rugged grandeur and blissful tranquility. It is a haven for hill walkers, mountaineers, wildlife enthusiasts and those who just want to get away from the hurly-burly of urban life and enjoy Knoydart’s small working community.

Inverie is the main settlement, being home to half the area’s population of 100 residents. It lies within the 17,200 acre Knoydart Estate, which is at the heart of the 55,000 acre peninsula, between the sea Lochs Nevis and Hourn (the lochs of Heaven and Hell).

The Knoydart Estate is owned by the Knoydart Foundation. The rest of the peninsula comprises estates and private properties ranging in size from 14,000 acres to .25 of an acre. The map below shows the main Estate boundaries.

Principal access to Inverie is by boat across Loch Nevis from Mallaig or a long trek overland from Loch Arkaig or Kinlochhourn, Shiel Bridge or Cluanie Inn or from Glenfinnan.

Within Knoydart’s 85 square miles rise four Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) and several lesser peaks. The mountains are separated by broad glens, rivers and high lochs.

The island nature of Knoydart and its Munros are its most important features. It is designated as a National Scenic Area.