"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."
The Old Forge pub is situated in the small village of Inverie on the south shore of the Knoydart peninsula. The building started its life as a cottage built in the 1770's later becoming a smiddy's forge, and then over the years developed in to a workers social club and then on to the pub we know and love today.
The pub went up for sale in 2021, and after some discussion amongst the locals we decided to go for community-ownership bid. The Old Forge Community Benefit Society Ltd was formed and a group of 9 dedicated local volunteers took the project forward. After 14 months of hard graft our dream became a reality - you can read the full story here.
On 28th March 2022 the keys for the Forge were handed to the community - and then the hard work really began! We took a couple of weeks to get the place cleaned up, and reopened for our first trading season on 15th April 2022 which was a massive success.
With the first season under our belts we closed the doors at the end of January 2023 to undertake an extensive refurbishment to bring the pub up to standard and create a better space for both staff and customers to enjoy. The pub reopened on 4th August - just in time for the influx of visitors for the Knoydart Games!
Community is at the heart of everything we do here, and you don't have to live on Knoydart to be a part of that. Come along, get the craic, and join the pub family - we'd love to see you.
Meet our team:
Meet the CBS Committee