I have always loved living here, walking in the mountains, on the beaches, boat trips, spectacular sunsets and playing music. Knoydart has a very lively ‘traditional’ (sometimes in a loose sense of the word!) music and ceilidh scene. Sessions will sometimes end at dawn and often include some of the foremost Scottish/Irish players of the moment. Toby sings and plays guitar, I play fiddle and we are usually involved in some way, although in our present circumstances this is becoming more difficult!
We feel that this is a fantastic environment in which to bring up our children.
Finn and Lachie love walking, climbing on rocks, beachcombing, birdwatching, splashing
about in freezing cold water and playing with their friends. There is a very healthy
number of young children on Knoydart who all have a great time together.
The community is small and friendly - everyone knows each other which means there is a very broad social base for learning meaningful communication skills. Certainly, people here are very interested in Coll and will be encouraging and supportive of him in his efforts.
Lachie and Finn are great friends and spend hours together playing games and building dens in the more overgrown parts of the garden. They have both been somewhat perplexed by their little brother's total lack of interest in them and their attempts to engage him, although they remain well disposed towards him and Finn in particular is keen to help out in the programme.
Knoydart is often referred to as "the last wilderness", but has been continuously inhabited since the Stone Age. Owned by the McDonnells of Glengarry for 500 years, they eventually "cleared" the last remaining indigenous inhabitants to Canada in 1853 to make way for more profitable sheep farming. The sheep were gradually replaced by red deer as sporting estates became popular. In the 1980's the 53,000 acre estate covering all the land between Loch Nevis and Loch Hourn was split up and sold in smaller lots. In 2000 a Community-led charity called the The Knoydart Foundation bought the biggest remaining bit, after a hectic year of fund-raising. The Community has increased to about 100 people, swelling to over 200 in summer. Activities are diverse including tourism, forestry, farming, building, IT and crafts.
If you like what you see, then please get in touch.
For more information contact
Katherine Robinson, Joiner's Croft. Knoydart, Mallaig, Inverness-shire, PH41 4PL.
Telephone +44 (0)1687 460250,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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