A Torridon Adventure

A Torridon Adventure

On Scotland’s wild west coast, underneath imposing mountains, is the tiny village of Torridon. Sitting on the edge of the deep sea loch is the Torridon Hotel – a luxury hotel in the most dramatic of locations. 

A string of white cottages dwarfed by arguably the UK’s best mountains is all that marks the village of Torridon. But despite its size and remoteness, this part of the west coast of Scotland is deservedly popular. The village is a stopping point on Scotland’s famous North Coast 500, a mecca for those wishing to climb the famous munros of Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe, and for the Torridon Hotel, one of Scotland’s most stylish (and relaxed!) hotels and a destination in its own right. We checked in for the weekend.

The Torridon Hotel

Built in 1887 as a shooting lodge, once home to tech pioneer Ada Lovelace, The Torridon is now a luxury Scottish retreat. With 58 acres of parkland, its own herd of highland coos, the Torridon Inn next door, the friendliest and most helpful staff (ever!) and its spectacular location on the loch, the Torridon Hotel makes for a destination which invites you to check in, and not check back out. 

Torridon Hotel Scotland

Rooms in the hotel range from classic doubles to four posters, all beautifully restored by owners Daniel and Rohaise Rose-Bristow. For those looking for more privacy, there is also a dog-friendly annex and a self-catering boathouse in the most romantic of locations. Behind the Torridon Inn, they also offer cottage style apartments.

Our deluxe room had a spectacular view of the loch and was opulently furnished with gorgeous Indian paisley details and a bathroom hidden away in the hotel’s clock tower. With a clawfoot bath positioned to take in the view and Scottish treats on the excellent tea tray we delighted in snuggling in the incredibly comfy bed and watching the dark descend over the loch before dinner. 

Torridon Hotel Scotland

Downstairs, the hotel is all luxury Scottish – tweedy comfy sofas, roaring fires, and wood panels. We settled into the lounge with the hotel’s restaurant menus and an Arcturus GinLaunched in 2017 and bottled by Dunnet Head Distillery, the hotel’s signature gin is flavoured with botanicals from the estate – Scots lovage, local blaeberries and kelp.

Whisky fans are also well served in the hotel’s award-winning whisky bar with over 350 drams to try and a very affable and knowledgeable barman to help you work your way through them.

Whisky Bar Torridon Hotel Scotland

If the white tablecloths and hushed tones of the Torridon’s 3 AA Rosette 1887 Restaurant‘s dining room might seem a little formal, the menu is certainly not. Amongst the 7 courses on the hotel’s tasting menu is an abundance of bright green herby foams (from the hotel’s kitchen garden), Japanese-style cannelloni, local beef tartare (don’t worry the coos outside are pets) and short rib of beef is served with peat water rolls and marmite butter. For pudding was an incredible and unusual treacle and tarragon tart. Head chef Ross Stovold has put together a menu with plenty of style and lots of local substance. 

The 1887 restaurant also serves a daily changing 4-course menu or a more casual menu is served over at the Inn where the food is more of the traditional pub variety with doorstop sandwiches (which were perfect after a day in the hills) tasty haggis with whisky sauce, mac & cheese, and North Coast 500 burgers.

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Breakfast at The Torridon is spoken about in hushed tones by the staff and is well worth reining in an assault on the Torridon’s whisky bar for. Breakfast is served overlooking the loch and includes a traditional Scottish breakfast, grilled kippers from Isle of Ewe and great veggie options including perfectly poached eggs – everything you need to set yourself up for a day of outdoor adventures.

Things to do in Torridon

If you can drag yourself away from your room or fireside perch then Torridon is crying for you to get outside and explore.

Torridon Munros Scotland

If you fancy a gentle ramble: 

For those looking to get adventurous: 

The hotel runs its own activity center, offering daily outdoor adventures. Fancy canoeing on Loch Torridon, gorge scrambling, archery on the lawn, or shooting clays out across the bay? For those staying in the hotel, the activities are included in your room rate – it is the highlands of Scotland version of a spa!

Under the tuition of Torridon Activities leader, Charlie, we had our first go at clay shooting, with B quickly getting the hang of lining up his shots, shouting ‘pull’, and hitting nearly every target – including doublers. I proudly hit one clay!

Get up into the Torridon Hills

For hill walkers, Torridon offers some of the finest hill and ridge walking in the whole of the UK, with unusual rock formations, pinacles, and terraces to tackle. There are 3 mountain ranges accessible from the hotel offering 9 Munros to climb on Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe.

Munro bagging in Torridon should be done with care, and in the summer, Torridon Activities offers guided walks to the top, otherwise, walkhighlands have the routes. Check out my beginners guide to bagging a Munro for some tips!

If you don’t fancy bagging a Munro there are plenty of other hill walks in the area – we climbed up Beinn Damh, a Corbett (901m) accessed directly from behind the hotel for a view across Loch Torridon to hills towering above, in winter, I think it was the better choice!

Oh Torridon, you were incredible!

Love, from Scotland x

Stay at The Torridon

Thanks to the Torridon for having us to stay. Our stay at the Hotel and Inn was complimentary, the gushing is all my own! 

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4 Comments

  1. 06/12/2017 / 8:47 pm

    I love Torridon and your pictures are fabulous! Hoping to get up that way at the start of next year again, fingers crossed! x

    • Love from, Smidge
      07/12/2017 / 2:21 pm

      Thanks Paula! I love Torridon too, I wish we’d had longer there.

  2. 07/12/2017 / 2:13 pm

    We just started planning our next trip to Scotland for Sept., and I’m starting from scratch on what to do after our week on Mull. I would not have heard of this place but for your post. Excellent timing, and thanks! I will look more into it – tucked away, remote, and secluded with nice walks is exactly our style.

    • Love from, Smidge
      07/12/2017 / 2:20 pm

      Oh fab! Torridon is absolutely beautiful. The Hotel and the Torridon Inn next door are both excellent – highly recommended – and September is a lovely time of year to visit.

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