The Old Forge, Knoydart
A visit to The Old Forge in Knoydart is not for those who just want to pop out for a quick pint. The Old Forge is in the Guinness Book of Records as the most remote pub in mainland Britain. To get to the pub there are either two choices: an 18 mile hike from the nearest road, or take a ferry from Inverie to the port of Mallaig. Other novel ways of visiting the pub include travelling by canoe or by seaplane.
The menu at The Old Forge changes every night depending on the availability of local produce. The usually have a wide range of seafood with langoustines, hand dived scallops, John Dory and seafood platters. The seafood is all caught within a 15 mile radius from Loch Nevis, Loch Nan Uamh, Sound of Sleat, Isle of Skye and Rum waters. The meat is sourced from nearby Fort William, herbs are grown in tubs out the back and seasonal vegetables are brought from Inverness. As well as purchasing produce, The Old Forge sends someone out for a daily forage with fresh raspberries and berries, wild wood sorrel and chanterelles appearing on the menu depending on the season.
The traditional ales are produced in the local Glenfinnan micro-brewery which is run by retired maths teacher Donald John. There is also a selection of premium lager. Wine is sold by the carafe, half carafe and glass.
With its rural location The Old Forge attracts local musicians and is the venue for menu impromptu ceilidhs. If you want to get involved but don’t have an instrument, the pub has a number of instruments for you to use. Don’t expect a PA system but a medley of traditional Scottish music.
Tel: 01687 462267
Address: Inverie, Knoydart, Mallaig, PH41 4PL