Torridon is one of the most spectacular areas in Scotland, whether you are viewing it from the car, or walking the unique mountains. It is characterised by the 1bn year old red Torridonian sandstone rock, which on the main hills is capped with Cambrian quarzite that appears almost snowlike in sunshine. The NC500 route comes down the glen and through the village.
There is excellent walking right from the doorstep, or a few minutes drive if you want to climb one of the big Torridon Munros. The area is also renowned for its challenging mountain bike routes, road riding, sea kayaking and wild swimming. We are more than happy to advise on any of these activities.
A little further away is the stunning little village of Lower Diabeg by the head of Loch Torridon. In the other direction is Shieldaig beyond which are the roads over to Applecross including the famous Bealach na Ba, the steepest road in the UK. Also worth noting is Gairloch from where boats are available for trips to see seals, dolphins, whales and the seabird colonies of the Shiant Islands.
For a remote area, it is well served for eating and drinking. The most obvious are the Torridon Hotel and Torridon Inn which are an easy walk from the cottage.
The luxurious boutique Torridon Hotel - www.thetorridon.com
The Torridon Inn, right next door to the hotel - www.thetorridon.com/eat-drink/beinn-bar/
And a selection from further afield.
Two cafes in Torridon village, one at the stores and one at the community centre
Diabeg, the Gillie Brighde restaurant - www.gille-brighde.com
Shieldaig, The Coastal Bar and Kitchen - www.shieldaigbarcoastalkitchen.co.uk
The Applecross Inn - www.applecrossinn.co.uk
The Walled Garden - www.applecrossgarden.co.uk
The Junction - www.visitapplecross.com/attraction/eat-and-drink/
Please note that at busy times of year and with Covid restrictions, most places need to be booked ahead of time
For those eating in, essential supplies are catered for by the Torridon village shop, or a little further away Gairloch has a small supermarket, farm shop and butchers. The nearest large supermarket is in Dingwall, but as an alternative Tesco will deliver