The Greatest British Pub: Top 10

There aren't many things in life to rival the atmosphere of a good old fashioned British pub.

Best to get away from it all

The Old Forge, Knoydart
The Picturesque Old Forge, Knoydart

If you really want to get away from it all, there’s always The Old Forge. The Knoydart peninsula has a population of around 100 adults, no connection to the UK road system and no mobile phone signal. But it does have this excellent pub—named by Guinness World Records as the most remote in mainland Britain.

Visitors are assured of a warm welcome and plenty of music should they get the urge: instruments are hanging on the wall and traditional Gaelic folk sessions take place regularly. Arrive by boat (your own, if you have one; if not, they’re for hire) or by a 16-mile walk through open country, though this is not an easy option. Seafood is big on the menu here—none fresher, as you can imagine—and, because there are no taxis, you might want to reserve one of their eco-friendly lodges to flop into. Such is their popularity, mind you, that you may have to book a year in advance. And did we mention the scenery’s not bad either?

Inverie, Knoydart, Mallaig, Inverness-shire (theoldforge.co.uk)