We Visit the Remotest Pub in Scotland

April 5, 2017 by Duncan

Overland travel isn’t always about driving. Sometimes you need to get out and walk. When Britain’s remotest pub – The Old Forge Inn, Inverie, Knoydart – opened for 2017 last weekend, we had to be there. Though on the mainland, Inverie has no roads connecting it to the rest of the country. Your only access options are the ferry from Mallaig, or a 16 mile (26 km) walk. We chose the latter.
• We started by wild camping at the end of Kinloch Hourn. Britain’s longest dead-end road, it took an hour to drive to the end of its 22 miles. During which we saw just 2 other cars.
• A good night’s sleep was needed for a long hike ahead…
• …as was a decent breakfast.
• You have been warned.
• The path was often simply a case of following the puddles.
• The trees often added to the feeling of isolation.
• This was the most life we saw all day (until we got to the pub).
• It didn’t rain.
• Halfway along we came across this very early (and tidy) Defender. Only 38,000 miles on the clock. Probably because it’s spent life stranded on a completely isolated mile-long road that connects 3 houses.
• Something was creating these weird bubbles beneath the surface of the sea loch, but we’re at a loss to tell you what.
• There was no telephoto lens used here; just a cheap compact camera. He really was that close.
• The few buildings we saw were all empty.
• Even the rocks were unusual.
• As dusk drew in, the Knoydart partying really got started.
• Having recently watched ‘The Wicker Man’ again, we were glad of the confirmation that Inverie isn’t pagan.
• Apparently, there is 1 Land Rover to every 3 people in Inverie. The proof was outside the pub.
• The best-tasting beer is always that drunk after an 8-hour hike.

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