How to Find Us

Doune is located on the remote peninsula of Knoydart, on the North West coast of Scotland. We are 4 miles North of the small fishing port of Mallaig, overlooking the Island of Skye. We collect our guests using our own boats (Gripper II and Mary Doune) from the public steps in Mallaig. Please do not get on any other Knoydart boats which might be there as they will be going to Inverie, 6 miles from Doune.

It is quite possible to fly to Glasgow and then train to Mallaig (the station is 100 metres from the harbour). Please be careful about flying to Prestwick Airport as this will add considerably to your transfer times. If flying to Inverness then car hire is the best option to get over to the West, but can be a very good way to include Doune in a tour of the Highlands.

For information on train and rail transport, please use the links on the left for more details. If coming by train, a station change is required in Glasgow (a free bus is provided). In Fort William you just cross the platform to the Mallaig line. Many people enjoy using the excellent London to Fort William sleeper service, however a certain amount of perseverence is needed to book your tickets.

For travel by car, We are approximately 100 miles fom Inverness and 150 miles from Glasgow Airport, however travel times are roughly the same - about 3 hours. All car parking in Mallaig is free and the boat skipper will show you where to park.

Bus services to Fort William are good, but unfortunately unless staying overnight the timetable to Mallaig rarely fits in with our boats.

To get directions to Mallaig click on the icon on the map below and enter your starting point. If using your own incar GPS please use the general Mallaig postcode of PH41 4PU. DO NOT use our home postcode as you could end up 100 miles away up a mountain track.

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Doune for Groups

Larger family groups and clubs with interests such as walking, visiting the islands, photography or diving, can take Doune Bay Lodge as a perfect base for their holiday.

Situated at the Southern end of the bay, the lodge looks West across the Sound of Sleat to the Skye Cuillins.  Tucked just 20 metres back from it's own beach (sandy below mid-tide), and about 100 metres along a rough footpath from Doune Dining Room, it is a delightful and unusual building.  doune bay lodge knoydartThis is informal accommodation, simple but with everything you need - think of it as a 'Wilderness Lodge'.  Lined in pine throughout, the feel is warm and welcoming. There is  accommodation for up to 12 guests in 4 single and 4 twin rooms, all with comfortable beds and excellent sea or hillside views.  Downstairs the open plan living area,  furnished with comfy sofas and chairs, provides plenty of space for relaxation, discussion or activities. Games and books and a radio/CD player are provided.

The kitchen area has hot drink making facilities and a fridge.  The utility area has 3 showers, 2 toilets, hand basins and drying facilities.
All water and space heating and cooking is by bottled gas. Electricity is provided by diesel generator and is switched off at night. There is a secondary battery lighting system with emergency lighting in all rooms. doune bay lodge interior knoydartAll rooms have power sockets available for computer/camera/battery charging, but as power is limited please do not bring high wattage appliances such as hair dryers.Outside there is a full length verandah with a few steps down to the grassy foreshore above the beach.

Groups taking Doune Bay Lodge usually charter our fast boat Mary Doune for access to the Knoydart Coastline and Small Isles.  Skipper Andy has seemingly endless local knowledge and can help you get the best from the charter.  He is available every evening to discuss plans for the following day.

 

Larger groups

view from doune bay lodge knoydartWe have had a few occasions when groups have taken over the whole of Doune and they have always been hugely successful events.  Wedding parties, corporate training and groups of friends can have exclusive use of this amazing location and we can tailor the experience to fit the group.  To book all of the accommodation you will need to think fairly well in advance to avoid disappointment.  All holidays / events are fully catered - Doune Dining Room is a spectacular setting for a celebration.

Doune for Families

Rock pools, seals, boating, no traffic to worry about what could be better?

The three Stone Lodge rooms nestle between the hillside and the sea. Rebuilt from the ruins of a cottage which stood empty for 140 years they are traditional in appearance, but modern in comfort. The windows look out over the moored boats and Dun Head, where there are the remains of a pictish, vitrified fort.  The view then extends over to Skye and provides fabulous sunsets on a summers evening.

There is a choice of twin or double rooms with ensuite facilities and plenty of space.  A built in ladder gives access to the guzover with two full size mattresses ideal for older children.  For little ones we can bring a mattress down or we have a travel cot.  Each room has it's own porch and access to the sea-facing decking along the front of the building. There are drying facilities and a second lighting system, for when the generator is not running. (We generate all electricity ourselves). No TV, but lots of games and fun things to do.doune stone lodge interior knoydart

All holidays are fully catered and well behaved young people are welcome in the dining room.  For younger ones we can arrange an early supper if required and for babies, a standard baby alarm will work in the dining room so you can relax and enjoy your meal in confidence.

When choosing something to do; simply walk or play locally, or make use of our skippered charter boat Gripper  which opens up opportunities for accessing other local beaches, walking, wildlife watching or fishing for mackerel!  Our skipper is available every evening to discuss plans for the following day.

Doune for Groups of up to 8 people

Doune is the perfect destination for a group of friends to relax and enjoy themselves.

The three Stone Lodge rooms nestle between the hillside and the sea. Rebuilt from the ruins of a cottage which stood empty for 140 years. They are traditional in appearance, but modern in comfort. The windows look out over the moored boats and Dun Head, where there are the remains of a pictish, vitrified fort.  The view then extends over to Skye and provides fabulous sunsets on a summers evening

There is a choice of twin or double rooms with ensuite facilities and plenty of space with easy chairs to relax and enjoy the view.  Each has it's own porch and access to the sea-facing decking along the front of the building. There are drying facilities and a second lighting system, for when the generator is not running. (We generate all electricity ourselves). In addition to the Stone Lodges there is a fourth room, the Bothy, a delightful room at the end of the restaurant building.  Light and airy and brightly furnished, the room has a comfortable single bed which can be converted to twin beds if required.  The bothy is not en-suite, but there is a washhand basin in the room and and a shower and toilets are right next door.doune stone lodge interior knoydart

When choosing something to do, our boat Gripper opens up many opportunities from visits to Skye, wildlife watching, or drop offs for walking on all of Knoydart from easy tracks to the more challenging peaks.  Our skipper is available every evening to discuss plans for the following day. 

Beautiful, freshly prepared food in Doune Dining Room will be the perfect end to your day.

Small groups of 6 - 8 friends using all our Stone Lodge rooms can enjoy a special rate when taking exclusive use of the skippered charter boat Gripper for their stay.

We can tailor this holiday totally to your requirements - please get in touch to discover what is available and discuss any ideas you may have.  Do have a look at the Stone Lodge Prices as a guide but we will give you an individual quote when we have discussed your requirements.

If you would like a more communal setting for your group, then Doune Bay Lodge, situated in it's own wee bay is the perfect answer. For more details of this wilderness lodge please see the Groups of 8 or more people page.

 

 

Late Availability: Doune Bay Lodge

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Why not bring a group of friends for a stay at Doune? Doune Bay Lodge sleeps up to 12 people in a mixture of twin and single bedded rooms. With optional use of Mary Doune, our fast boat, you can access the full surrounding area of Knoydart, Skye and the Small Isles. For 2014 we have availability for Easter Week, 19-26 April and the week 23-30 August.

 

 

 

Late Availability: Doune Stone Lodges

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At present we have availability for individuals, couples and families staying in the Stone Lodges through much of April, and for short stays (Sat-Tue) through most of May. There is a variety of fantastic walking direct from Doune; alternatively you can use our boat Gripper to access the remoter walks around Knoydart.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to Doune. For more information please Contact Us

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