The Corbetts (summits over 2500ft)

 

Beinn Buidhe (pronounced ben booee)

From Mam Meadail - grade 5.

Beinn Buidhe
Because Beinn Buidhe falls below 3000ft, it is often overlooked by hillwalkers, however it is a magnificent and strenuous ridge walk. It can be a tricky walk in poor visibility as the eastern end is steep and broken.
Get to Mam Meadail via the paths from either Inverie or Camusrory. From here head up to the start of the ridge at Meall Bhasiter. Stick to the ridge top as any temptation to short cut can lead onto the surrounding cliffs. Passing Sgurr an t Sagairt in particular requires a good head for heights as all routes over or around it are very steep. Follow the ridge to its end and then descend past Loch Bhraomisaig to Kilchoan or take a very steep descent past the hydro scheme down the Allt Dubh.
A shorter route up gains the ridge through Mam Uchd.
It is also possible to head directly for the ridge from Camusrory.


Sgurr Coire Choinnichean

From Inverie - grade 4

Sgurr na Coire Coinneachean
Start by walking along the track towards Inverguseran. On leaving the forestry and passing through the gate, turn right and head for the ridge ahead. Once across the plateau, passing the gorge of Slochd a Mhogha on your right, follow the main ridge to the summit. Steep and exposed in places it makes a very fine approach.
Alternatively, leave the village on the Glean Dubh Lochain path. After passing through the white wooden gate turn left and head up the shoulder to the East of Allt Slochd a Mhogha. This gives a steady climb up to the summit and a steep descent down to the village.
Descend by either of these routes however do not attempt to descend to Folach via the Garsley wood.
It is possible to descend through the Inverie woods, by please ask before attempting this.
A third enjoyable alternative is cross the flats below the summit and climb up Coire Coinnichean to Bidean na h-Iolaire and thence to the summit.


Beinn na Caillich

Grade 4

Beinn ne Cailliach
Again, a very undervisited hill, giving excellent views. The hill consists of a series of rocky tops with flatter ground between, giving a much less exposed approach to the summit than others.
Our favourite approach is to start by boat at Croulin, following the East side of the burn up through Coire na Caillich. Keep your eyes open for Mountain Hares and Ptarmigan, both of which are seen regularly amongst the broken stone on the summit. Descend either by the steep but stunning Carn Dubh and down the Li path, or head South East to the bridge on the Guseran road. Descent is not possible from the northern and  eastern sides below the top, as they are very steep cliffs.
An alternative, but slightly longer route from Inverie is to ascend via Folach, Mam Li and then up the the Carn Dubh to the top.
Other possible routes include from Inverguseran via Allt an Drollaire

Knoydart Wildlife

Visitors to Doune are fortunate to be in the midst of some of the finest wildlife in the country. We do not run specific wildlife watching holidays, but whether it is a walk along the coast from Doune, a boat trip up beautiful Loch Hourn or an exciting tour of the Small Isles there is so much to look out for.

What we see varies from month to month and from week to week. Seals, porpoises and deer are always present and easy to watch and throughout the summer there is the chance of seeing a whale, an otter, an eagle or a pod of dolphins.


In the spring we see stunning displays of colourful flowers and the first of the nesting birds.

Spring slideshow

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Summer brings large numbers of seabirds along with yet more marine life such as the huge basking shark.

Summer slideshow

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Finally with late summer most of the birds have gone and it's the time for the red deer rut and the amazing colours of autumn.

Autumn slideshow

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Relax

No cars, no blaring radios, just peace and tranquility. There is no need to do anything at all. Being right next to the sea there are always lots of things going on. The changing light, moving water. Birds and seals and sometimes otters or dolphins visit Doune Bay. Read a book, sketch, paint or just watch.

If you would like to explore further afield then take a boat trip up Loch Hourn, probably the most stunning sea loch in Scotland. Wildlife, waterfalls, and mountains. Or perhaps Loch Nevis and a visit to Inverie with it's vibrant community (Knoydart is community owned), superb tea shop and famously remote pub.

In the evening after your meal why not a few tunes or a song if you're up for it - bring an instrument.rainbow over doune

 

2014 Diving Prices

These prices are given as a guide only. For a detailed quote specific to your requirements please get in touch.

Prices include all boat trips, diving and air. All meals, heating and bed linen.

Non divers are very welcome, please ask for a price.

 

Week charter of Mary Doune for up to 10 divers ...........  £3120.00

All meals, accommodation and diving air .....................  £  420.00

 

 

Conditions

Throughout Scotland all accommodation unless otherwise stated is non smoking.
In all matters concerning the use of boats, the safety and behaviour of those on board, destinations and weather conditions etc., the skippers' decision is final.
Divers are responsible for their own safety when in the water.
Please let us know on booking if there are any vegetarians or people with special diets in your group.

Deposits
A deposit of 25% is required to secure a booking. Deposits are nonreturnable unless a replacement booking can be found.

Insurance: We would strongly suggest that you take out personal insurance to cover you having to cancel, your personal belongings, your travel to Mallaig, and personal accident while ashore.

Lace making: 6th - 13th September 2014

An unlikely place for lace makers you might think, but this is a highly popular holiday. Any style, any level of ability.  Bring whatever project you are working on, or have a go at something new.

Chat, make lace, walk, enjoy the peace. Just immerse yourself in lace for the week. Pillows and bobbins available.

Non lace making partners and friends are welcome to come and walk, boat and relax.
Prices include all meals and return from Mallaig
- accommodation in Doune Bay Lodge £396 per person.(twin, single or double)
- accommodation in Doune Stone Lodge £480 per person (2 sharing), £620 (single occupancy)

Lodge latest

Individual divers, looking for a weeks diving from Doune - Grampian Subaqua Club are lookig for a couple of divers for their week diving from Doune starting 30th August 2014. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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