Knoydart Peninsula – one of the last great wilderness areas

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knoydart-peninsula-ladhar-bheinnWe must be in CNN’s good books! Just a few months after Scotland was named as CNN’s top travel destination for 2013, the Knoydart Peninsula (located in the West Highlands) has been named as one of the world’s ’10 last great wilderness areas’. CNN offered kind words for the region in an article that was published yesterday:

Rugged, isolated and beautiful Knoydart Peninsula is often described as Scotland’s last wilderness. Tucked in the Highlands, it’s accessible only by boat or on foot.

The journey is worth the effort: There are exhilarating mountain passes to cross and sandy inlets to explore.

Whether they have soaked in epic sunsets or caught glimpses of the whales, dolphins and porpoises that live in its waters, visitors usually leave feeling spiritually restored.

Just how remote is this gem? The only village in the area is Inverie, which has a resident population of approximately 100 people and can only be accessed by a 20 mile walk or a short boat trip. It’s also home to mainland Britain’s most remote pub, The Old Forge Inn. With the majestic scenery and wide variety of outdoor activities on offer, it’s certainly worth the trip for a sneaky pint!

The Knoydart Peninsula was joined on the list by exotic locations such as the Tarkine Rainforest in Tasmania, Salar de Uyuni in Boliva and Sossusvlei in Namibia. Read the full article from CNN here.

Image credit: Graham Lewis.

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James Boyle

James is the Assistant Search & Social Media Manager at VisitScotland. Originally from Australia, he now lives in Edinburgh and enjoys travel, rugby and perfecting the art of making pancakes.

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