Remotest mainland pub up for sale

Old Forge, Inverie. Pic: John Watson/Geograph The pub started life as a smiddy and later a workers' social club

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The stagger home from the Old Forge in Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula is a little more challenging than the one from most other pubs.

If you do not live in the village, the only way of reaching or leaving is by walking 18 miles or making a seven-mile sea crossing.

The Old Forge has an entry in the Guinness World Records as the remotest pub on mainland Britain.

It has been offered for sale at offers above £790,000.

Owners Ian and Jackie Robertson, who have lived on the peninsula for nearly 20 years, have decided to take a break from the hospitality business.

The pub was formerly a smiddy - a blacksmiths' workshop - and later a workers' social club.

Knoydart's coast and mountains have been described as mainland Britain's last wilderness.

In the middle of the 19th Century, the land was cleared of crofters and turned over to sheep and deer.

In 1948, a group of crofters known as the Seven Men of Knoydart launched a land raid in a bid to live independently from the landlord system. They were unsuccessful.

However, the community achieved what the seven had set out to do in 1999 when the Knoydart Foundation purchased 17,200 acres (6,960 ha) of estate land for £750,000.

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