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Doune Knoydart - Hotel in Highland

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Knoydart, Mallaig, PH41 4PL, Highland
Scotland, United Kingdom

Martin & Jane Davies

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+44 (0)1687 462667(landline)

Shipwrecked souls would refuse rescue if they washed up at Doune - you’ll find mountain, sea and sky, then simple rooms and lovely food

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There is nowhere quite like Doune. You arrive by boat – there's no road in – a ferry across to Knoydart, the last great wilderness in Britain. You'll find mountain, sea and sky – a thrilling landscape of boundless peace and ever-changing light. It’s a haven for wildlife – killer whales, Golden eagles, red grouse, otters and badgers – 120 species live here. As for Doune, it sits on the Sound of Sleat with views across to Skye. It's a tiny community of happily shipwrecked souls and Martin, Jane and Liz look after you with great generosity. The dining room is the hub, pine-clad from top to toe, with a stove to keep you warm and games in case it rains. The food is delicious – crab from the bay, roast lamb from the hill, chocolate tart with homemade ice-cream. Bedrooms along the veranda are delightfully simple; pine-clad cabins with mezzanine bunks for children, hooks for clothes, sparkling showers, armchairs for watching the weather. The walking is magnificent, boat trips can be arranged, the night sky astounds. There's a lodge for groups, too. A very special place, miss it at your peril.

Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Martin & Jane Davies:

Local points of interest from
Martin & Jane Davies:

  • Boat pick-up on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Boat tips and drop-offs for remote walks
  • Island Hopping Weeks
  • Photography Weeks
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"a wonderful setting, tremendous hospitality, fantastic food, and comfortable rooms. Fabulous! We saw otters only 15 minutes walk away along the coast!"
May 2014
"Doune absolutely lives up to its description. Arriving by boat at this incredible location is part of the thrill. Then there’s the food: we stayed for three nights and are not by any means a gregarious family so we wondered how sharing a meal round the table with the other visitors would be. In the event it turned out to be one of the highlights, with friendly conversation and any dietary requirements more than met without drawing attention to them. The food is carefully chosen and delicious with plenty of variety. Being fully catered down to the packed lunches means that you can concentrate on getting to know Knoydart (which is suitably rugged - bring good boots even for low level walking). Returning after a long walk in staggering countryside knowing that a lovingly prepared three course meal waits for you is a combination that's hard to beat. The use of the boat to take you out to other locations to walk or see the wildlife is a big bonus and is organised the night before round the table after dinner but you don’t have to walk as group once you’re there. Lots of effort is put into meeting the wishes of as many people as possible, with helpful suggestions when needed. Accommodation is clean and comfortable with good showers. The whole thing sounds a little unlikely but in reality it works brilliantly because the staff are absolutely committed to meeting your needs and creating a special experience for you."
July 2011

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  • 2 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin
  • , 1 Single
Price:(i) £90 per night

Dinner, B&B £78-£88 per person (includes packed lunch).

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights.


Dinner £35.


October - March.


Knoydart, Mallaig, PH41 4PL, Highland

Hotel 2 Double rooms
With mezzanine bed for children
Price: (i) £ 90 to £ 90 per night
Hotel 1 Twin room
With mezzanine bed for children
Price: (i) £ 90 to £ 90 per night
Hotel 1 Single room
Separate shower.
Price: (i) £ 33 to £ 33 per night

Martin & Jane Davies

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+44 (0)1687 462667(landline)