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Hiscox explore the Knoydart Peninsula with Wilderness Events

Aims of the event
When we first discussed the event requirements with the clients, we were asked to take them out of their comfort zone with a physical challenge. They wanted something wild and remote which would be fun, memorable and bring the team closer together.


Where: The Knoydart Peninsula, often described as the last wilderness in Scotland.
When: September
How Long: 4 days
How Many People: 26
Activities: Night navigation, hill walking, wilderness camping, bushcraft skills, beach combing,

The Event Summary
The group arrived into Fort William by sleeper train from London, a great way to start the journey.  Changing trains onto the The Jacobite steam train, made famous by the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express. The journey from Fort William to Mallaig allowed the group a chance to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery just as the witches and wizards did while travelling to Hogwarts. The West Highland Way train line, was recently voted by National Geographic as one of the best in the world – a truly incredibly way to start your adventure.
Our guides met the group on their arrival in Mallaig, where we proceeded to transfer all the equipment onto the boats. We then made the short transfer by high speed power boats (RIBs) around the coast to Barrisdale Bay to our stunning campsite, where base camp was set up for the duration of the trip. Once the tents were set up, dinner was prepared for the group with everyone chipping in to help.  After a hot chocolate and a whisky night cap under the stars we discussed the plan for the days ahead.
On the second day we combined a low level walk with the chance to learn some foraging and bushcraft skills. Leaving camp after breakfast, we hiked along the picture-perfect shoreline of Loch Hourn. Along the way, we discovered mussels, edible seaweeds and wild herbs which were harvested to use as part of a bushcraft supper later that day. Our guides provided the expertise to show the clients how to turn these ingredients into tasty meals and snacks to accompany dinner that evening.
Day three was the high point of the trip - literally and metaphorically! We hiked to the summit of one of the region’s highest peaks, which stood majestically above our campsite, the magnificent summit of Luinne Bheinn (939m). After feeling on top of the world, we descended back to camp and enjoyed another hearty meal and celebration drinks that evening.
After breakfast and packing up camp onto the boats, we then hiked 10 miles across the Knoydart Peninsula to the ‘capital’ of Inverie (pop: 100). Here we enjoyed beers in the UK’s most remote pub, the Old Forge, before boarding the RIBs for the return journey back to Mallaig and train south. A superb wilderness experience in four days!
 
How did we make it happen?
Expert knowledge and experience of the remote Knoydart Peninsula was critical to the success of this event. We have worked in this region for over 10 years and our guides know the area better than anyone. Our office and guiding team combined to deliver the multiple logistics necessary for this event.


Customer profile
Hiscox are a multi-national corporate insurance company. The group was based in the company’s London office and included many people who had never visited Scotland before.

“Great teambuilding exercise, very informative with fantastic guides in a stunningly beautiful part of the world” – Dan Dawson

“It was a great experience and everyone got a real buzz from it” – David Tooke

 

For more information please click here to visit the Wilderness Events website.