How far would you travel for a pint? What about to Scotland’s remotest pub? With no roads in or out, it’s only accessible by foot and the shortest route there is an 18-mile hike over Munros. Alternatively, if you consider the hike a tad far, you could kayak the 7 miles across Loch Nevis, jump on the not-so-often ferry from Mallaig, or drop in by helicopter, seaplane, yacht or canoe. Whatever option you chose, let us tell you this: those who make the effort usually end up finding their drinking experience is just that little bit more rewarding.
The tiny Old Forge pub in the village of Inverie on Scotland’s Knoydart Peninsula lies in such a secluded place it is already recognised as not only Scotland’s remotest pub but also the mainland Britain’s in the Guinness Book of Records, has been listed as one of the top 10 places for beer and the best bar to drink in the World’s Pubs Hierarchy 2014.
Despite the arduous effort to get there, this cosy 20-year-old watering hole enjoys a regular stream of visitors. The pub’s fantastic traditional vibe, incredible lively atmosphere, and amazing local brews and food more than compensate for the limited WiFi service (until 6pm only) and no mobile signal, while the charming setting with stunning views of Loch Nevis alone makes you forget about the efforts of getting here in a blink of an eye. It might very well be one of the only places in Europe where you get stunning views including soaring mountains meeting the peaceful waters of the sea. Inside, walls are lined with instruments that range from guitars and fiddles to whistles and spoons, which customers are encouraged to pick up and play, and the venue is often the scene of great impromptu ceilidhs. The pub is famous for its seafood, which all comes from within a 15-mile radius of the pub – they even have their own scallop diver bringing in fresh seafood of the day. Popular dishes include seasonal selections of lobsters, scallops, mussels, and a hearty venison stew in the winter.