How far are you from the pier?
Ivy Cottage is only a 3 minute walk away. There is a luggage Trolley at Ivy Cottage if you require further assistance with the heavier items. Luggage can be stored safely in the many hoppers situated around the pier.
Where can we get our shopping?
Best always to do a big shop before arriving as there is limited shop supplies here on the peninsula. Morrisons in Fort William is a good option, however Mallaig has a well stocked Co-Op, Spar, Chemist and newsagent, as well as an excellent fishmonger Andy Race (01687 462626) where you can buy fresh fish and shellfish to take with you.
Guests can arrange for goods to be delivered from Mallaig during their stay if further items are required such as fish, shellfish or a Co-op shop (01687 462240). There is a simple procedure for doing so, call the SPAR direct in Mallaig on 01687 460257 and they will deliver to where the Western Isles ferry collects items from ( they are very helpful and do not need 24 hours notice of orders). For Co-op orders these require to be placed by email through the Co-operative centralised website you will need to log on to http://www.co-operativefood.co.uk/mallaig 24 hours before and place your order required. You will need to phone the store 24 hours in advance of placing your order with your credit card details. Please ensure boxes are marked up with your own name in full and Ivy Cottage Knoydart.
There is a well stocked farm shop where you can grab fresh or frozen milk, bread mix and chocolate! the shop is situated on the Kilchoan estate which is a about 20 minute walk from the Cottage, turn left and keep walking.. this walk will take you through the deer park, where you can also meet the residential Highland cattle and the very very friendly chickens.
There is also a Post Office on Knoydart which opens for a few hours a day every day from May – October or Mon, Wed and Fridays Oct – May which carries a limited stock of items but it is mainly tinned goods and not fresh produce.
Can we bring our dog with us?
Well behaved pets are most welcome £30 per dog per week up to a maximum of 3 dogs by prior arrangement only. We ask that dogs remain strictly downstairs and out of bedrooms/off furniture at all times – (there is a stairgate and dog crate in situ to assist). We can provide dog bedding, towels, bowls etc but you are welcome to bring them with you if you would like to use these. We can provide extra towels for beach walks, drying off etc. upon request. Please inform us at time of booking or in advance of arrival if you wish to bring a pet with you.
Can we pre-organise activities while staying at Ivy Cottage?
Local boat operators offer tailored packages for groups half day or whole day activities as well as tailored made trips to places such as Rum, Eigg, Canna, Muck and Gavin Maxwells locations from his book Ring of Bright Water, Tobermory (Balamory to the little guests!) and other exciting destinations in the locality. Go whale-watching, visit Rum Castle, Isle of Eigg, Skye, Muck or Canna. Please ask when booking for details of operators packages and price information can be forwarded to you in advance of arrival to help you make the most of the locality.
Can we hire mountain bikes locally?
There is a new mountain bike track newly built on Knoydart by the Knoydart Forest Trust. Bikes can now be hired direct from the rangers office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book bike hire whilst staying on Knoydart.
Can we bring a vehicle?
Sorry, but no. All vehicles on Knoydart require a residents local permit and guests are not permitted to bring vehicle with them.
Can we do guided walks from Ivy Cottage?
We have a range of low level and high level walks and our great ranger service here on Knoydart easily accommodates mixed abilities in your group Well marked walks and woodland trails lets you go unaided such as Knoydart in a Nutshell. To book a guided walk direct with our ranger (01687 462242) or email our ranger Amie@knoydart.org
Can we book a Landrover tour?
Yes, you can book a 2 hour or longer tour of Knoydart by Landrover. To learn more about our fascinating history, wildlife, past owners and the community click here to enquire