Glen Torridon
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Jinty
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Sept 2020 • Couples
Glen Torridon has to be one of my favourite roads, period! The mountains are truly majestic in the literal sense, and it is hard not to appreciate the scenery.

The A698 section between Kinlochewe and Lochcarron shouldn't tmissed, although if you're in the area and have the time, it's well worth the trouble turning off at the Apecros road end and following the coast road via Klanakil round to Applecross, there are wonderful views of the Culin and Troternish Ridge right round to Harris on the Long Isle.

It would be rude not to complete your journey without a trip along the old driver's road Ballach na Ba (pass of the cattle) before rejoining the 698 again.

The journey is only slightly marred by the excessive presence of the ubiquitous "camper vans" which seem to dominate the NC500 these days.

Driving tip - if you have someone on your tail for a couple of miles, *please* do the honourable thing and pull over (or stop alongside) a passing place and flash your indicator Left, this let's anyone in a hurry that you're happy to let them past! (You don't need the passing ace to be on "your" side of the road!) If you get your timing right, you won't even have to stop!

The roads are popular with motorcyclists as well, a lot are happy to squeeze down the side of your car, but bear in mind a lot of the big BMWs are about the size of a cow, and weigh just as much, so this isn't always an option (I speak from experience, from both a rider and driver!) - please give them space, and offer them the same room you would a car!

No matter what the weather, this is always a truly spectacular run (OK, thick fog isn't great) but don't let the odd rain shower put you off, it only adds to the experience and adds to the atmosphere!

Precious few "visitor centres" occasional galleries with adjoining coffee shops, one or two " interpretation boards", but in reality, take a flask, go to the loo before you set out, or be prepared to go behind one of the occasional bushes en route.

Allow an average speed of around 35mph, you can drive faster but to do so would e tirely miss the point of ting this road!
Written 27 September 2020
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davidxTodmorden
Todmorden, UK146 contributions
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Shieldaig is at the far end of Outer Loch Torridon whereas Glen Torridon, as usaly understood stretches from Toridon village to Kinlochewe. In doing so it runs through what vies with the Coolin of Skye to be considered the UK's very best mountain scenery.

Most attention goes to the spectacular giants of Torridonian sandstone, Liathach and Beinne Eighe to the left of the glen as you go from Torridon but the views of these and others seen from Beinn Damh or Beinn na h'Eaglaise or from Lochs Clair and Coulin leave nothing to be desired
Written 16 April 2010
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TonyB18
Bury St. Edmunds, UK40 contributions
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Jun 2018
Neither words nor my command of the English language are anywhere near sufficient to describe this place and pay it justice, so my review will be brief - I just exhort you dear reader to visit the Glen if you ever have the opportunity.

Beautiful, stunning, awe-inspiring, whatever the weather. A place of peace and stunning wonder that once was witness to, as well as the product of, the clash of massive continental tectonic plates. A glimpse back through aeons of time into the Precambrian age and some of the oldest rocks in Britain.

Just go!
Written 28 June 2018
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RL K
Great Malvern, UK308 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Solo
Torridon is on my regular tour of the west coast of Scotland. Coming up from Plockton, and via Applecross the scenery with mighty Monroe mountains coming down to the shore is spectacular. Stay at the Torridon Inn, or book a cheaper B & B, but try to book a very posh meal at the Torridon Hotel. You will be very well looked after, but it is very expensive. Visit the Tourist Centre at the top of the loch. Useful info here.
There is a single track road along the north shore, but it is very long, slow and hard work.
When leaving you will carry on to Kinlochewe. The glen is delightful, with a stream rushing over its rocky course. The mountains tower above you and their size staggers the senses. Geologists will have a field au considering the complexity of the landscape. For example, the compressed sandstone from times when this part of the world was nearer the equator. Visit the Ben Eighe info centre on the road just outside Kinlochewe on the way to the coast. Don't take the sat nav route to Ullapool. You will miss all the delights of Gairloch, Poolewe and Gruinard Bay.
Written 26 August 2018
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NiallInTheHills
Stirling, UK160 contributions
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Sept 2017 • Friends
One of the most spectacular glens of Scotland. With the Beinn Eighe NNR at the Loch Maree end and the village of Torridon at the Loch Torridon end there is plenty to see and do here. Glen Torridon is dominated by three big peaks; Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe. All worth visiting themselves. The glen hosts much wildlife such as the rare Pine Martin and Golden Eagle which nest in the high buttresses of Liathach. There are many walking routes here from easy routes through the mountains to more challenging routes up the mountains. Most of the peaks also have many scrambles and rock climbs and in winter this area is Scottish winter mountaineering at its best.
Written 15 July 2018
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wendyedmond
Leicester, UK49 contributions
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May 2017 • Couples
Beautiful views and walks and drives, all the bluebells and rhododendrons were out but too early for the midges! A good time of year to go.
Written 23 May 2017
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JackBJack
Los Angeles40 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Family
This is a mystical and wondrous location. The magic of the Highland starts ever so slowly upon you and soon you find yourself rapt. It was never on my list. I am about ready to throw my list away.
Written 22 August 2016
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Pittsburgh_cyclist
Pittsburgh, PA572 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Couples
I have travelled all over Scotland, hillwalking and mountaineering, and Glen Torridon is one of my favourite places. The scenery is magnificent, there is a wonderful sense of isolation, made all the stronger by the single track road. Even if you ae not a mountaineer, get your boots on and walk one of the marked paths at the Beinn Eighe visitor centre. Even better, walk round the hill from the main car park and take a look at magnificent Triple Buttress.
Written 8 July 2014
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK14,188 contributions
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Nov 2012 • Couples
Had various holidays in Torridon/Applecross over the past few decades and it never fails to impress.Recently had 4 days in November and it looked like the most colourful place on earth despite the damp weather.Some of our greatest writers on mountains and landscapes rate it equal to Skye for mountain grandeur in Scotland.
Loch Torridon itself is one of my favourite lochs - sublime in any light,shapely ancient hills on either side and dotted with clusters of gorgeous Scots Pine.The tiny villages - attractive in their own right - sitting at the base of steep terraced slopes only emphasise the superb scale of their surroundings.
One day I want to own that little red roofed,whitewashed cottage yards from the shore looking down the loch.It's even on postcards now - a cracker.
I think autumn and winter are Torridon's most colourful times - though any time is the right time.The larches and birches turn a deep gold amidst the bright green pines,the loch colour changes by the minute and the mountains are almost orange.Out of this world.
The view from the top of Beinn Alligin is one of the best in Scotland. Looking across the Tom(first top) to the big layered terraces of the main summit, with Liathach ahead and the other giants....it's prehistoric.
If you can't do the big stuff try the 4 hour straightforward round trip into Coire Mhic Fearchair (Corry Veechk Erracher), a great path into a glacial lochan with stunning rock buttresses overlooking the primeval scene.We did it on a pretty crappy day weather - wise and it still looked great.
Or the short walk around the Loch Clair area in Glen Torridon for great views of Liathach and Beinn Eighe.
Or just go as far up the slog of the Beinn Alligin hill track as you can manage.
Or even simpler, drive the road to Inveralligin and park the car and just walk that glorious, single track high road with all the mountains in view and the loch sparkling below.Stunning.
Diabeg is well worth the winding drive on a decent day....an incredible wee spot, other-worldly with Lewisian Gneiss hills (oldest rocks in the world I believe) enclosing it.Nothing else there apart from a few houses, although a small cafe has opened in summer.
The Torridon Hotel is superb; decent Bistro but well worth a big splash out in the main dining room where we recently enjoyed a really superb 5 course meal (£55 each - not cheap but it was our anniversary and you only live once).Afternoon tea is great too - just sitting in the place is a complete pleasure and a friendly place too,despite the price tags.Must be in one of the world's best locations - that view from the front lawn and lounge.....and stags grazing in the evening as we had our meal.
Shieldaig is very attractive with a small shop - sea eagles now nest on its little pine-covered island, yards offshore.There are otters to be seen up and down the loch too.
For seafood to cook yourself - try McIvors (private house in Kenmore) who do superb fresh (live) langoustine and crab claws at a fraction of the price you'll pay in a restaurant.
As others have said - don't miss the drive around the coast and Applecross peninsula.And the Pass of the Cattle has now made the World's Top 50(or is it Top 10?) drives I believe.
Written 27 November 2012
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Steveyam
Stoke-on-Trent, UK6 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Solo
Beware of potholes on the A896 especially at the western end of the glen. I managed to wreck a tyre there last week and it's a pretty remote place to get stuck and there's no phone signal.
Thanks a lot, @highlandcouncil and SNP. Too busy with nit picking about 20mph speed limits to be concerned with the state of the roads, no doubt.
Written 16 February 2024
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