HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
WHAT DOES THIS INCLUDE?
✔︎ A five-day retreat working with one or two of our Writers in Residence.
✔︎ Six nights accommodation.
✔︎ Full catering (apart from Wednesday night).
✔︎ Boat to and from Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula.
✔︎ Live performance at The Community Hall on Friday night.
✘ Travel to and from Mallaig.
HOW MANY PLACES FOR EACH RETREAT?
There is a maximum of 11 places for each retreat.
DO I NEED TO APPLY?
To help us to create the most balanced, creative environment for all our attendees to flourish, we need to hear everyone's work before we can confirm any places. We ask you to REGISTER YOUR INTEREST first by filling in a short form HERE including links to your songwriting. We will then contact you and hopefully confirm your place by giving your a confirmation code.
HOW DO I PAY?
Upon receipt of your confirmation code, you pay your £300 non-returnable depost to confirm your place.
To help spread the costs we offer payment plans so please contact Janey for more information.
Your final payment must clear our bank 14 days prior to the date of your retreat.
If, however, you are booking within 14 days of the first day of the retreat then full payment will be required.
WHERE DO WE STAY?
Everyone stays in a house, a very big house on the banks of Loch Nevis.
Yes, that's the house in this background image!
It's an old, privately owned house that celebrates a shabby chic look!
DO I SHARE A ROOM?
Depending on availability, the house accommodates a maximum of 11 guests and has six bedrooms comprising of five twin rooms and one single room. We can turn rooms into doubles for attendees coming as a couple.
Three of the twin rooms and the single room share two bathrooms.
Allocation of the rooms will be on a first come first served basis.
If you choose to stay at alternative accommodation, at your own cost, please contact Janey before you reserve your place to discuss options and to check availability on the peninsula.
IS FOOD INCLUDED?
Yes! Breakfast, lunch, packed lunch (when necs), dinner and BBQ (weather dependent) are all included.
Please note that this is not a hotel so we will all eat together around a big old table.
The only night we don't include in the cost is Wednesday night's dinner. We give you the night off to eat wherever you like, with whomever you like, but at your own cost.
There are several great restaurants serving local produce and seafood for you to choose from and even a pop-up pizza company that comes to the peninsula on a Wednesday night.
DO YOU CATER FOR VEGANS?
Yes! Though all dietary requirements and allergies must be given to us two weeks prior to the first date of your retreat so that all provisions can be pre-ordered.
I'M ALLERGIC TO NUTS!!
Don't worry, there will be no nuts used in the house for the duration of the retreat.
ARE DRINKS INCLUDED?
Alcoholic drinks are not included in the cost.
The house is not licensed so we are not allowed to ‘sell’ alcohol, however you can either bring your own or you can pre order from the CO OP in Mallaig and they can deliver to the house the following day. Exclusive craft beers from the Knoydart Brewery are available to buy on the peninsula.
PLEASE NOTE: The drinking water comes from the land loch and has been filtered and is 100% clean. It looks a little brown but that's the nature of the beast. If you would prefer to drink bottled water please let us know in advance.
There are a couple of shops in Inverie.
There is the community-owned shop and off-licence specialising in Scottish craft beers (including Knoydart Brewery) & ciders, artisan gins and traditional malts, Knoydart wild venison, gorgeous locally handcrafted products, beautiful ethically-sourced gifts and treats, walks leaflets, maps and postcards.
Also the Kilchoan Farm Shop where you will find a supply local produce, along with some basic essentials in case you run out during your stay.
If you need to buy anything else we can order it from the CO-OP in Mallaig and it can be delivered by boat the following day!
ARE THERE ANY SHOPS?
Yes. There's one pub called The Old Forge that encourages and welcomes music to be played in the evenings.
It proudly wears the badge of Britain's most remote pub!
IS THERE A PUB?
Knoydart is a peninsula located on the west coast of Scotland - opposite the southern tip of the Isle of Skye.
The house is in Inverie, which is on the Knoydart peninsula - SEE MAP
Your only accessible route to Inverie is by boat from Mallaig (unless you choose to hike the two-day, 17-mile walk across rough terrain!)
If you are driving, travel to Mallaig and head for Mallaig Station (PH41 4QA) where parking is available.
If you are travelling by train, we suggest you head to Glasgow Queen Street and catch the direct train to Mallaig via Fort William. This train takes about 5 hours and the views through the window are extraordinary. It is listed as one of the top 10 train journeys in the world so you can just sit back and relax!
We will meet you at Mallaig train station and escort you to the boat - which is only a 2-minute walk away!
You should factor into your schedule that it could take you about one day to get to Inverie.
If you have any questions on travel, timetables and logistics just call us. We're here to help!
HOW DO I GET THERE?
ARRIVAL: Everyone needs to arrive at the house on the Sunday night, which means getting to Mallaig to catch the last boat to Inverie at 18:00. The train from Glasgow gets into Mallaig for 17:45.
DEPARTURE: You need to check out of the house by 12 noon on the Saturday.
There are only 2 trains a day from Mallaig to Glasgow 10:00am and 16:00. If you are catching the 10:00 train from Mallaig to Glasgow you will need to catch the 09:00 ferry from Inverie to Mallaig and if you’re catching the 16:00 train you need to board the 15:00 ferry.
WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE AND DEPART?
Your travel costs to Mallaig and back are not included in the cost.
However, included in the cost are the ferry transfers to and from Mallaig to Inverie (the Sunday boat to Inverie and the Saturday boat back to Mallaig).
IS TRAVEL INCLUDED IN THE COST?
I HAVE NEVER WRITTEN A SONG. IS THIS RETREAT FOR ME?
Possibly not. Our retreats are aimed at songwriters of a certain level (not beginners) who may be seeking new inspiration from our Writers in Residence, or need to reconnect with their songwriting, develop their writing skills or are looking for guidance to help break through a creative block.
• INSTRUMENTS - Bring your guitars, laptops, keyboards, notepads, special pens... anything that helps you write.
• CLOTHING - Scotland is known for having four seasons in one day so please pack accordingly. As we are in the most beautiful wilderness we will be encouraging you to enjoy the great outdoors. Walking boots, waterproofs, rain coats, sun cream, midge and tick repellent, water bottles and torches are all a must.
WHAT DO I BRING?
Yes. You will be writing everyday.
DO WE GET TO WRITE ANY SONGS?
WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS TO THE SONGS WE WRITE?
All rights are retained 100% by the songwriters.
DO WE GET TO PERFORM?
Oh yes! On the Friday night, we host a live End of Retreat concert in Inverie.
This is your chance to play the songs you have written or even pick one of your own favourites.
We will be inviting the community and other guests to attend from Mallaig and beyond!
DO YOU OFFER ANY SUBSIDIES?
We’re actually hoping to open up two sponsored places at the October retreat to two young songwriters (aged 18 - 25) who would not normally have the chance to participate in something like this.
If you are interested in putting your name forward please write to Duncan outlining your situation with links to your work.
More information will be shared via the MAILING LIST so be sure to join that too.