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“A great getaway from it all holiday, with great food and scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Doune Knoydart

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Doune Knoydart
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“A great getaway from it all holiday, with great food and scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2009

We wanted a geat away from it all holiday, and we certainly found it on Knoydart. We had our teenage daughter with us and she thoroughly enjoyed the walks, the solitude, the food, the wildlife, the trip from the mainland by boat, as did myself and my husband.

The food is excellent and there is plenty of it too. Great packed lunches, with home made bread and cakes.

The views are spectacular and fabulous for photographers.

We were blessed with wonderful weather, and enjoyed our walks, even though we are not experts. Good boots and waterproofs are a must, and I found my walking pole vital for the uphill walk to the road.

The owners are fabulous hosts and nothing is too much trouble.

We particularly enjoyed our mealtimes and the company of the other holiday families who were with us.

We would definately return for another holiday as it was all we anticipated and more.

Congratulations to Doune Stone Lodges on winning their food award - you really deserved it.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2009

If you want peace space and scenery with the odd stag ,otter, mink, whale etc thrown in then consider Knoydart. if you want to add comfortable accomodation and food of the highest order (no wonder they just won a thistle award) then you must choose knoydart and Doune.
The families who run it do it in a way which makes you think you are being totally looked after without actually knowing it. they give you space but are always there doing everything to make your stay memorable.
Would return again and again as i did to the extra helpings on the table.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2009

We have been to Doune 4 times but only stayed in the Stone Lodges once – usually we have been in the large lodge (affectionately known as the Big Brother House). We go as a large group who take over the whole of Doune for a week.

Have to say Doune itself is an island of tranquillity in an otherwise hectic world and whilst it is not a true island (being part of the mainland) it does have that island feel. Don’t expect the height of 5 star luxury; what you get is a fantastic experience in an amazing part of the world at a very high quality.

Access is typically via boat from Mallaig and on our trips over to Doune we have seen Basking Sharks, Minke Whales and Dolphins. Indeed, this trip we had dolphins playing in the bay in front of our lodge.

The stone lodges are very comfortable with wonderful views across to Skye. The shower is great and toiletries are provided. The food is wonderful and all prepared freshly including all the bread and cakes being baked. How they do it amazes us. There is also a good wine list as well. Packed lunches are great and very filling. The electricity does go off at 11:30 as it is generator provided but after a long day that is no bad thing.


The downside? The midges can be fearsome; but I guess that is the midges’ purpose in life – otherwise the whole of the west coast of Scotland would resemble the Costa Del Sol and be an overdeveloped nightmare.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2007

We stayed at Doune for our honeymoon, and it didn't disappoint. The peninsula of Knoydart is a lovely place to get away from it all, accessible only by boat (the owners will collect you from Mallaig) or an incredibly long hike from the nearest road. Electricity at Doune is provided by generator and is limited, while water is filitered from the stream.

Given this, we rather expected to be roughing it a bit, but not at all! Our room was cosy, warm, clean and had gorgeous sea views across to Skye. From our window we regularly saw gannets diving, and the occasional porpoise and seal. Best of all were the spectacular meals. I honestly don't think we'll ever eat better food. Absolutely everything is lovingly hand-made, including all bread, cakes and rolls, and much time is spent getting things perfect. You could tell the owners take real pride in what they serve and were rightly pleased to have recently been given an award for food excellence from Eat Scotland - one of only 7 places to do so.

You have to be prepared to go with the flow a bit here. The owners will happily take you by boat to different parts of Knoydart - and the surrounding areas - (there is a fee for this). However, there is generally only one boat trip a day so where it goes is decided upon by all those staying there. You have to be prepared to be a bit flexible. Similarly, there is only one setting for meals so if one party needs an early breakfast then you all have one.

One thing to note - unless you want to spend all your stay reading and looking out of the window you will need to be a bit mobile. There are no easy paths immediately from Doune, and if you don't go out on the boat, there is a 20 minute walk uphill to the only road on Knoydart (which is empty and there are several pleasant walks from it). You can also walk around the coast from Doune but you are soon forced to either walk across very wet moorland or a rough scramble over rocks - we enjoyed both, but neither were easy-going. There is no TV access at Doune so I would recommend taking a small battery-powered radio for news/weather etc.

All-in-all a great place to visit - you really feel close to nature, in a lovely and comfortable setting.

  • Liked — The stunning location and amazing food
  • Disliked — Having to make our plans for the day with other visitors
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2006

We visited Doune last summer, going by train from Glasgow to Mallaig (crossing the "Harry Potter bridge" seen in the movies on our way). From Mallaig we were taken by boat to Doune (boat transfer organized by hotel). Even on this boattrip we had our first "wilderness experience": a basking shark cruising the waters close to Doune. From then on it was seven days of wonderful nature experience and quiet beauty. Knoydart is a lovely, sparsely populated peninsula (only one small road!) and you can spend hours walking without seeing any human being.

There are three rooms in the Doune Stone Lodges. We had a comfortable room with double bed, toilet and shower, table, chairs, armchairs, electric kettle... Children would be excited about two beds under the roof reached by a woodden ladder. Front windows have a wonderful view to the sea. Nearly each evening there was a spectacular sundown. As Doune has to rely on its own power generator there is no electricity in the night (ca. 23:30 - 07:00), but battery powered lamps are provided - just remember: you are in the midst of nature and not on "Fantasy Island" and we got a lot more comfort then we expected: Doune Stone Lodges was in any aspect better than the 3-star hotel we stayed in Edinburgh. And after spending the whole day in fresh air and after an excellent meal you will be soundly asleep in the night and not needing any electric power.

Breakfast was ample and versatile, you get lunch packages for your daytrip (containing sandwiches, cake, fruits, ...) and in the evening you have excellent served meals with superb desserts in the accompanying restaurant.

Everybody is very friendly and helpful. In the evenings, after dinner, you can discuss your plans for next day and get a lot of tips from the owners. They offer to take you by boat nearly everywhere (don't miss the walk from Barrisdale to Inverie!). Take water proof walking boots with you, a small backpack, a bottle of water, a good map of Knoydart and your camera. Equipped with your daily lunch package from the hotel you can then explore the country by your own - there's much to discover! Of course this is no bus-tour roundtrip vacation, where you can sit still and wait for everything to be presented in front of you - you have to get active yourself instead, but that's even more fun!

This was the best vacation we had in years and we couldn't have asked for more!!! A wonderful destination for nature lovers who like to discover nature on their own.

  • Stayed June 2005
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Property: Doune Knoydart
Address: Doune, PH41 4PL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Knoydart Peninsula
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Knoydart Peninsula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Remote and unique holiday setting on the western tip of Knoydart - views to the magnificent Skye Cuillin. Spectacular low and high level walking. No road access - we collect you from Mallaig in our own boat. Enjoy every comfort, delicious home cooking, a warm welcome and total relaxation. Mountains, sea, boat trips, wildlife - a truly great escape. By running our own boats, we can offer guests direct access to the remotest parts of Knoydart (and beyond). Lodge for groups up to 12. Three Stone Lodge family rooms. One single room. Moorings available for visiting yachts. Restaurant open to non-residents. Full board accommodation. ... more   less 
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Doune Knoydart Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

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