Here is a supplementary post to my Knoydart trip giving some useful information on campsites, transport and costs.
We spent one night at the Shiel Bridge Caravan Park and Camp site prior to our walk. Cost per person per night is £5.75. The site owner let me leave my car there for 3 days free of charge
Tel : 01599 511221
Website: Shiel Bridge Campsite
We wild camped and did not use the facilities at Kinloch Hourn. There is camping allowed and I understand that the site is 1/2 mile from the Farmhouse and costs £1 per night. There is a tap and a toilet in an outhouse.
Wild camping is possible for most of the trip, but in Barisdale, the community has requested that you camp near the bothy. Cost is £1 per person per night, this is payable by an honesty box in the bothy. The bothy has a two toilets and a water tap. If you want to spend the night in the bothy, it is £3 per person per night. It is possible to have a camp fire at the site.
Website: Barisdale Bothy
Inverie has a simple campsite on Long Beach. It has a bothy, a tap and a compost toilet. It also has wooden tables, benches and a BBQ area outside the bothy. It is possible to have a camp fire on the beach . The site is about 15 minute walk from Inverie. The cost is £4 per 1 man tent. £6 per 2 man tent. Place money in honesty box or wait for warden to come around in the evening.
Campsite details found here
This is on the Glasgow to Skye bus route, operated by City Link. The Summer timetable is here
There are trains and buses to Fort William. We took the bus, which was longer but the trains only run a couple of times a day and the buses four times a day. Summer timetable for Shiel Buses is here
Of course, if you do the five day trip from Shiel Bridge to Glennfinnan, you can get the same train and buses from Glenfinnan to Fort William.
There is no mobile signal on the route that we took, after leaving Shiel Bridge until getting to Mallaig. Maybe on the mountain tops but apart from climbing the pass near the Saddle our route did not take us to the tops. The following networks did not provide a signal: Vodafone, Virgin (uses T-Mobile network) and Orange.
We had 100% OK messages and our custom message (I am at camp) sent from our Spot 2 Messenger to home during the trip.
There is a payphone located at Kinloch Hourn next to one of the houses. Inverie has a payphone next to the Post office. There is no mobile phone signal in Inverie.
This area is remote and there are no easy ways out and no mobile phone signal. We carry a Spot 2 Messenger with us so we would be able to raise the alarm should we get into trouble. Never tried the 999 on a mobile phone to see if it works with no signal. The following are possibilities.
Kinloch Hourn – narrow road (22 miles) will get you to the A87. You could call for a taxi to pick you up at Kinloch Hourn using the payphone there. There is a number of a taxi firm next to the payphone.
Over Mam Barisdale to Inverie. Ferry to Mallaig