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Torridon is an area on the north-west coast in the Scottish Highlands. It is situated around Loch Torridon, a narrow sea loch, and extending inland up Glen Torridon. It has steep mountains on the northern side, including several Munros.
The main part of Torridon village is at the head of Upper Loch Torridon, it is sometimes known by the older name of Fasaig. Other settlements in the area include Inveralligin and Diabaig to the north of the loch, and Annat to the south-east. Shieldaig is a short distance to the west, and Kinlochewe is to the east.
Torridon is known for its spectacular scenery, with steep mountains rising up by the sides of the loch. It is a popular destination for hillwalking and climbing.
Local buses operated by DMK Motors, from Strathcarron to Torridon, connecting with the train. Also buses from Gairloch to Torridon, operated by Westerbus.
For driving, follow the A9 and A835 north-west from Inverness. Turn onto the A832 after Garve, then onto the A896 at Kinlochewe. The road from Kinlochewe down Glen Torridon is scenic, but narrow with passing places, so driving can be slow.
If walking or mountain biking, you can take the train to Achnashellach, then follow a track over the hills.
Public transport around Torridon is very limited, bus services are infrequent (see Get in above). The easiest way to get around is by car.
Walking or cycling is possible, most of the roads are fairly quiet. Depending on where you are staying, it can be a fairly short walk to get to the routes up the mountains.
You could try hitchhiking.
The Torridonian mountains give some of the UK's very best scenery and there are spectacular views of and from many peaks in the area. Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Bein Eighe [with a nature reserve] are the best known but don't neglect the smaller ones.
- 1 Deer Museum (Near the village, 500m along a track from the information centre.). A small museum run by the National Trust for Scotland, about the life and history of red deer. It has an interesting collection of deer skulls and antlers. There is often a herd of red deer in a nearby field.
Hire a rowing boat at Inver Aligin and appreciate the views from the water.
Torridon is a popular destination for walking and climbing, with a variety of routes in the area. This includes a number of Munros - mountains over 3,000 feet (914m). The biggest mountains are along the north side of Loch Torridon. These are steep and rocky in places, maybe some scrambling involved.
- Beinn Alligin (986m) - a curved ridge, including the Horns of Alligin. Usually climbed from the minor road to Inveralligin.
- Liathach (1,055m) - a very steep rocky ridge, regarded as one of the finest mountains in Scotland. Climbed from the A896 road, in Glen Torridon.
- Beinn Eighe (1,010m) - a large complex mountain, with multiple summits, spurs and corries. It can be climbed from Glen Torridon, or from Kinlochewe.
- Beinn Dearg (913m) - missing out on Munro status by less than a metre, so it is much less climbed than its neighbours.
Also several hills to the south side of the loch - Ben Shieldaig, Beinn Damh, and Beinn na h-Eaglaise. Though not quite as high, they still give great views across the loch, and of the mountains beyond.
Options for lower level walks:
- Follow the path along the north side of Loch Torridon, past Inveralligin, Diabaig and around the coast to Craig bothy. This links to the end of the road at Red Point.
- From the Torridon Hotel, old road/track along the south side of Loch Torridon, to Badan Mhugaidh and Balgy.
You don't go to Torridon if your main interest is in buying but the store in the village is really well provisioned.
- Shieldaig Hotel, Tigh an Eilan (7 miles).
- Kinlochewe Hotel (10 miles).
- Ben Damph Lodge (7 miles).
There's a moderate supply of B&B and self-catering accommodation.
- 1 The Torridon Hotel, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Luxury hotel. From £165.
- 2 The Torridon Inn, ☎ .
- 3 Torridon Youth Hostel (SYHA) (In village, 200m after turning off A896), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Seasonal - open March to October. From £17.
- 4 Torridon Camp Site (In village, just after turning off A896). Basic camp site, with toilet and shower facilities.
- 5 Craig Bothy (Along a coastal path, 4 km beyond the end of the road at Diabaig. Or 7 km from Red Point, at the end of a road from Gairloch.). Historic cottage, was a youth hostel for many years, taken over by the Mountain Bothies Association in 2006.
- 6 Mol Mor Base Camp (National Trust for Scotland), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bunkhouse for groups of up to 10 people. Within a converted farm steading, at the head of Loch Torridon. £20 per person.
- 7 Stalker's Cottage (National Trust for Scotland), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Self-catering cottage, sleeps up to 4 people.
- 8 The New Lodge (Ben Damph Estate), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-catering accommodation in a spacious log house, sleeps up to 14 people. Situated on the south side of Loch Torridon, great views across to Beinn Alligin. With a biomass boiler for heating, and an outside hot tub. From £1400 per week.
Either for a day trip or as a follow-up, go up the Glen to Kinlochewe and turn left beside glorious Loch Maree and make your way to Inverewe Gardens.
A circular trip to Applecross is also to be recommended, using the Bealach na Ba (not for nervous drivers!) one way and the coastal road the other.