About Us

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Information We Hold

We keep names, telephone numbers and email addresses only of customers that book, or email addresses of those that subscribe to our newsletter. This information is kept for a maximum of 5 years. We do not keep any credit card details.

This information is used only by ourselves to keep you up to date with any upcoming offers and keep you in touch with Doune. No details are shared with any third parties.

This is your personal data and you have certain rights relating to it. You have the right to:

  • know what personal data we hold about you, and to make sure it’s correct and up to date.
  • request a copy of your personal data, or ask us to restrict use of your personal data or delete it.
  • object to our continued use of your personal data.

Use of Information

We send out 2 or 3 newsletters per year and it is possible to subscribe/unsubscribe from these on our web contact form, or by email to or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 01687 462667.

Security is a priority for us when it comes to your personal data. We’re committed to protecting it and have appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to make sure that happens.

If you have concerns about how your data is being used which we can't satisfy, you have the right to complain to the ICO. They can be contacted at The Information Commissioner's Office.

Dinner in the Doune Dining Room

If you'd like to visit us for dinner during your stay on Knoydart please use the form below to request a booking.

Holidays

If you have any questions about the holidays we offer at Doune, ideas to discuss or if you would like to make a booking, please contact us using the form below. We will provisionally make bookings by e-mail, but a deposit of 25% of the cost of the holiday is required to secure the booking.

If you would like to be added to our email list for our annual newsletter please tick the box at the bottom. If you would prefer us not keep any email contact details, just let us know using the form.

If you would rather write or telephone, then write to Rebecca Rutherford at Doune, Knoydart, Mallaig, Inverness-shire, PH41 4PL, UK or telephone Andrew Brodie on +44 (0)1687 462667.

Please bear in mind that we all work in various roles at Doune every day. There is no constantly manned office. We will reply as quickly as possible, but please don't expect an instant response.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Doune!

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General Data Protection Regulations - Privacy Policy

We are lucky to live in an amazing place and we believe it is right to do our best to safeguard it by embracing a policy of environmental responsibility.  We have made choices which help Doune be as sustainable as possible.  A recent 'Powerdown' inniative is helping the Knoydart community in general make progress in environmental awareness and reducing carbon footprint and we support that wholehartedly.

'Staycation' is a new buzzword and we aim to offer something that will encourage many to holiday with us instead of travelling far afield.

Food

Sourcing as much local produce as possible is not just good for carbon reduction, it means the best in quality and freshness and it suppports the local economy.  We use venison from the hill and fruit and vegetables from our gardens and the community garden in Inverie. Crab from the bay, prawns from small local fishing boats and fish from local sustainable producers all play a big part of what we do in the kitchen.

Cleaning Materials

We use only environmentally friendly products for washing-up, clothes washing and toilet cleaning.

Other Materials

We aim to reduce paper consumption as much as possible by reusing paper and envelopes where possible.  When we do buy, we choose recycled and we aim to keep the production of paper based promotional material to a minimum. We also use recycled toilet paper.  

Recycling

Getting supplies in to Doune is not straightforward, and the same goes for taking stuff out!  We aim to keep bags returned to Mallaig for landfill to a minimum so we keep back compostable waste for the gardens and other biodegradable waste for disposal at Doune.  We take glass and tins for recycling in Mallaig.

Energy Consumption

Being remote from the National Grid means that we have a limited power supply.  Much as we would love to, we do not have the conditions or terrain here to replace our diesel generators with a renewable resource that could service the number of visitors we have with the quality of experience they expect.  All other options have problematic issues, not least a large, distinctly unsustainable battery bank.  So for the moment we stick with our generator but we use it in the most efficient way possible.  Just 12 kilowatts does all our accommodation and the four homes at Doune which when divided up is a very small amount per person.  To acheive this we are very careful about power consumption including  all the usual advice.  We also turn off the generator for the night and part of the day.  There are small emergency lighting systems in the guest accommodation for these times.

We have made our first steps into using renewable energy sources at Doune Bay Lodge by installing a solar water heating panel in order to help reduce our gas consumption.

The oldest historical site (3-4000 years old) on Knoydart is to be found at Doune.  It is an Iron Age (Pictish) vitrified fort on Dun Head.  The Dun (from where Doune gets it's name) now consists of the remains of a defensive wall around the upper part of the headland. The wall itself is largely buried, but is visible in a couple of places. It is made of small rocks fused together by heat (vitrified), although there is much argument about how this was done. It would certainly have required an enormous amount of wood to be burnt.the dun doune knoydart

Up the glen behind the Lodge, is the remains of Doune village, which existed up until 1853, when it was cleared for sheep, (along with most of the other villages along the Western shore of Knoydart). The people left, thinking they were on their way to Australia, only to find themselves deposited in Nova Scotia, where there is now a village called Knoydart.

Before the clearance, Doune was the largest village on Knoydart with over 130 people living here. But by 1860, there were only 8 people, all one family, brought in to look after the sheep.

Around this time, people were living in "blackhouses", so called because they had no chimneys or windows, the smoke from the peat fires finding it's way out through gaps in the roof and walls. There are many ruined examples of these houses around Doune. The dining room walls were built using the stone from one such building. Immediately to the North of Doune, and about ½ mile to the South are caves which were used as shelter by people evicted from their homes during the clearances.

Also around Doune and anywhere where there was habitation, there are "lazy beds", the hand turned furrows on which all crops were grown. There were very few animals and the ground was unsuitable to horse drawn ploughs (if they had been available), so all were turned by hand, using the "gas-chrom" or foot plough.

Over towards the bay immediately South of Doune, there is a corn kiln. A shallow, stone dish some 8ft in diameter, with room for a fire beneath, it lies to the shore side of a tall pillar of natural stone. Beyond the corn kiln, on the South side of the bay, is a sheep fank, built in the later part of the 1800's, perhaps by the same Irish dykers who built the white house.

To the South of Dun Head, is An Faochag (the winkle), known locally as Marianne's Point.  Renamed by local fishermen after an old lady who would provide cups of tea to passing boats. Where, or exactly when Marianne lived is uncertain.

After occupation by many shepherds and their families, Doune laid empty until in 1982 the now ruined house was taken on by Alan and Mary Robinson and their two young sons, Toby and Jamie. Over the next few years, they rebuilt the white house, built a pier, a slipway and Gripper (now superceded by Gripper II). When Jamie and Toby left school and could devote more time to the business, they built the Lodge (1989) and Mary Doune (1990).

By 1992, Doune was continuing to expand and after starting on the rebuild of Eda Frandsen (the 60ft decommissioned fishing boat they brought back from Denmark), the Robinsons decided to ask Andy and Liz Tibbetts to join them.

Then in 1993, disaster struck,  with the fire that gutted Eda and destroyed the boatshed with all our tools.  It took a whole year to come to terms with this, before we could start again. We replaced the old wooden boat shed with the purpose built workshop we have now and in 1994 the Stone Lodges and the Dining room were completed.  Then with Toby's expert management, a band of volunteers replaced Eda's damaged planking and decking, and at last in 1996, she was relaunched.

Since then, expansion at Doune has been a more personal affair. 2003 saw Doune developing into a proper community.  Alan and Mary retired and moved into a lovely home built here at Doune and we were delighted to be joined by Martin and Jane Davies and their two daughters Alexandra and Pippa who moved into the Whitehouse to run the Stone Lodges and the Dining room.

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