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Offers Over £425,000
The Old Forge Inverie, Knoydart by Mallaig, Highlands, PH41 4PL
  • Goodwill value and inventory by separate negotiation if business operation is to continue
  • Atmospheric and remote rural location
  • Commercial premises currently operating as a restaurant and bar with capacity for 65 diners with attached cottage comprising living room /bedroom and en-suite bathroom
  • Potentially suitable for conversion into an extensive family home (subject to obtaining the necessary permissions and consents)
  • Beach front property with nearby pier
  • 6 moorings (private lease arrangement)
  • Registered Helipad on site
  • Panoramic views
  • Plethora of wildlife in the local area
  • Ideal setting for the outdoor enthusiast with fabulous walks and watersports to be enjoyed from the property
  • Total Site Area 0.10 Hectares (0.26 Acres)
  • Available as a whole
Reputed to be Scotland’s most remote pub in the last true wilderness of the UK. A rare opportunity to acquire a shoreline property in the north west of Scotland with spectacular panoramic views and ancillary accommodation. A rare opportunity to acquire a shoreline property in the north west of Scotland with spectacular panoramic views and ancillary accommodation.

Built in 1880 The Old Forge is a traditional white washed single storey cottage style property set under a slate roof. The property enjoys a panoramic vista of Inverie Bay and Loch Nevis. This is truly a hidden gem, a rare opportunity to acquire an historic property in the untouched Knoydart wilderness.
For decades, the Old Forge has been the holy grail of the British outdoors community. The Guinness Book of World Records has declared it “the most remote pub on mainland Britain.”

"For many years, the legend of the Old Forge echoed down the glens and out across the world. I heard stories of midsummer nights when the light never quite left the sky and the music never left the pub—the fiddles reeled, the beer flowed, walkers steeled their trail-weary limbs and danced on the tables and out into the streets in the gathering dawn. The hangovers lasted an eternity. ‘It’s a classic British experience,’ says a friend who made the walk-in in 1996. ‘Getting to the Old Forge was a golden moment. I can still taste the first pint”. Oliver Smith ‘Outside’ Jan 2020

The restaurant has been improved over recent times with the addition of a sun room overlooking the bay, but retains a considerable amount of original character and charm. To the rear lie a range of outbuildings including staff accommodation. To the front is located a lawned area sloping down to a beach. The property also includes 6 moorings within the loch. In addition the pier at Inverie has been significantly upgraded in recent years. Moorings Chains and shackles have been totally renewed in April 2020. They are tagged with a TOF “V”(as visitors) and are under a lease arrangement with a third party. For full details please contact the selling agents. Business accounts (goodwill value by separate negotiation) and a full inventory (by separate negotiation) are available to interested parties through their appointed solicitor. For further details on The Old Forge please refer to the Selling Agents.

The accommodation comprises:
The Old Forge: Entrance vestibule leading to the main bar and restaurant area which extends into the sun room at the western end of the property. Ladies, gents and disabled toilets, commercial kitchen, stores and office. Attached cottage comprising a cosy living room / bedroom with en-suite, wood burning stove and bathroom.

Further accommodation: Timber structure with aluminium cladding providing bunkhouse accommodation with shower room. Electric heating. Static caravan.

Outbuildings: Two storage sheds. Metal container.

Knoydart Peninsula covers some 80 square miles and is situated north of Mallaig in the Western Highlands of Scotland. Home for 120 residents to the south there is Loch Nevis and to the north Loch Hourn. Knoydart has a wild beauty that holds a fascination for walkers and climbers alike and helps to isolate the peninsula from the outside world.

Inverie is situated on the Knoydart Peninsular, a designated National Scenic Area on the shores of Loch Nevis, and is accessible by an 18 mile hike from Glenfinnan, or by a boat service (4 per day) from Mallaig or indeed by helicopter as a helipad sits within the subjects of sale. Knoydart is one of the last great wildernesses of Europe, boasting 4 Munros (Ladhar Bheinn, Sgurr Na Ciche, Luinne Bheinn, Meall Buidhe) and there are several corbetts (Sgurr Coire Coinnichein, Beinn Na Caillich and Beinn Bhuide). All are separated by broad glens, rivers and high lochs.

Mallaig is a well-equipped fishing village including a busy harbour and a range of shops and hotels. It is also the base for ferry services to Skye and the Small Isles within the Outer Hebrides.

The majority of Knoydart has been owned by the Knoydart Foundation since 1999 and Inverie is the main settlement on the peninsular providing a nursery, primary school, library, post office, shop, pottery and tearoom. Secondary schooling is available in Mallaig.

The foundation also provides Rangers who can offer accompanied walks to show you the hidden corners and stunning landscapes of the Knoydart peninsula. They offer a range of walks and activities through which you can learn about the iconic wildlife and turbulent history.

Knoydart Community Hall boasts an annual calendar of events.

Knoydart and the sea surrounding it, is home to some of the most iconic species in the Highlands including buzzards, red deer, common and grey seals, grey herons, oystercatchers, dolphins and porpoise, minke whale, golden eagles, otters, pine martens, red-throated diver and sea eagles.

There are a variety of nature trails and mountain bike routes in Inverie woods, behind the village. These walks take you through a mix of broadleaf and coniferous woodland, home to a variety of woodland birds and mammals.

The Knoydart Foundation have also created a thriving Community Garden, established in 2010 using the site of the old Inverie House garden. They have small allotments, polytunnels, community growing space, fruit trees and bushes, and an amenity area with picnic tables and a lovely traditional herb garden. Plotholders grow food for themselves and work together to keep the community areas tidy and productive. The community garden has become a hub of wellbeing, encouraging social interaction and healthy living.

The Foundation also manage accommodation at Knoydart in terms of the Long Beach Campsite and a popular bunkhouse regularly visited by tourists. In total, inclusive of the aforementioned with B&B’s and self catered accommodation there is a 200 bed capacity for tourism in the local area.

Accompanied and managed deer stalking also attracts visitors who frequently visit The Old Forge which has established a successful reputation for its seasonal and local produce from the sea and land.

Knoydart is quickly gaining attention for its culinary offerings. The village has a Brewery producing a number of highly regarded ales, The Lookout restaurant, Knoydart Pottery and Tearoom, Knoydart River Cottage and the Doune-Knoydart Hotel Restaurant. Such attractions bring year round tourists and outdoor enthusiasts to the area with the promise of great offerings on arrival.

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