Last weekend, an old friend and I embarked on a 17-mile, 8 and a half hour hike through the UK’s last piece of land that is unpenetrable by vehicles. The Knoydart Peninsula, rugged and remote is stunning, cut off and wonderfully isolated.
Inverie, the sole village in this wild part of Scotland is accessed only by a long and gruelling hike from where the road ends at Kinloch Hourn through breathtaking scenery and over tricky rivers, or by boat from Mallaig.
The village is pretty, small and has the best pub in the whole world. Now, I’m not sure if my falling-in-love-at-first-sight with The Old Forge was due to hiking in the rain and dark for hours on end and that the reality of sitting with my feet in a fire, chilled pint of cider in my hand and steak being cooked was now upon me or whether it really was heaven on earth.
So, we went back the next day after a night of rest and day of hanging out. And yes, it is true. The Old Forge is the greatest place in the whole world.
I mean, look at this seafood.
LOOK AT IT
NOM. Now, as a Cornish girl, I like to think that seafood from Cornwall is unrivalled. The best, nothing comes close. But, this seafood platter from The Old Forge was simply to die for. Smoked salmon, mussels, crab, scallops, fresh, thick bread. My mouth is watering at the thought of it. Take me back.
Also, a big thank you to JP, the landlord, for filling our bellies with food and booze when it was most needed!
Oh and uh, this was the view at sunset, pretty awesome, eh?