Doune Knoydart

Mallaig, Highland
Hotel


Escape to mountains, sea and sky, simple rooms and lovely food. Walk, swim, read, write, nurture your soul

Bedroom

3 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This is a special place – a thrilling landscape of boundless peace and ever-changing light. You’re surrounded by much wildlife: killer whales, Golden eagles, red grouse, otters, seals on rocks and in the water, snuffling badgers, red deer – around 120 species live here. As for Doune, it sits in a unique spot on the Sound of Sleat with views across to Skye, Rum and Eigg.

You can see it all from the dining room hub, pine-clad from top to toe and hewn from the mottled stone of a former blackhouse, with a stove to keep you warm and games in case it rains. The food is delicious – freshly baked rolls, crab from the bay, roast lamb from the hill, chocolate tart with homemade ice-cream and the best rhubarb cheesecake, plus oatcakes of course.

Once here you’ll be part of a tiny community of happily stranded souls and Martin, Jane and Liz look after you with great generosity. Bedrooms along the veranda are simple; cabins with mezzanine bunks for children, showers and armchairs for watching the weather. The walking is magnificent, swimming sublime and boat trips can be arranged.

Doune Knoydart - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Heading into the wild for a while
  • The calming atmosphere
  • The good food
Doune Knoydart - Gallery

You should know

  • It’s as remote as you can get in the British Isles
  • There’s no road in, you come by boat

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
Closed
October - March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Dinner £35.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £90
Surcharges
Dinner, B&B £82-£100 per person (includes packed lunch).
1 Twin
From £90
1 Single
From £33
2 Doubles
From £90

Accommodation

Reviews

What an incredible place! We had constant views across to Skye, Rum and Eigg, wonderful hosts, and fantastic meals, unfussy and just delicious with fresh ingredients including langoustine caught in the bay in front of Doune. We were told it was rare to see otter but saw one just in the bay, playing away, then a family of otter when we hiked further along the stunning coast. The incredible, wild scenery and fabulous animal sightings made this a truly wonderful experience, not least arriving by ferry and being away from it all for several days. Thank you Martin, Jane and Liz.

Pippa, Briancon

a wonderful setting, tremendous hospitality, fantastic food, and comfortable rooms. Fabulous! We saw otters only 15 minutes walk away along the coast!

Tom

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Location

The neighbourhood

There is nowhere quite like Doune – Knoydart is the last great wilderness in Britain. It’s idyllic and isolated - the closest pub and community store is a two-hour walk and there are no other places to eat nearby. It’s the sort of place you come to rest awhile.

Local points of interest from Martin & Jane Davies

  • Boat pick-up on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Boat tips and drop-offs for remote walks and wildlife watching.
  • Island Hopping Weeks - visit and explore the Small Isles including Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck
  • Guided Walking and Photography Weeks

Introducing

Martin & Jane Davies

Doune was resurrected from a ruined croft in the 1980s, when it was taken on by the enterprising Robinsons, who rebuilt the house, a pier and fishing boats. They’ve since retired on the island, and Martin and Jane have taken over the running, dealing with everything from guest bookings to prepping crab pots to be dropped in the bay. Together with their two daughters, chef Liz, dog Ronnie and their crew of staff, they keep Doune’s community spirit alive.