BEST WALKS IN TORRIDON

Torridon is revered by Scottish walkers and mountaineers, a place of almost mythical proportions. It is stunningly beautiful and one of my favourites in the whole country (if not the world!) This area is known as Wester Ross and has long been hailed as one of Scotland’s most impressive.I’m adding detailed write ups to each of these walks over time.

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From Beinn Alligin’s summit ridge

The mountains here can seem quite intimidating with very steep sides rising straight up out of the sea or glen to over 3,000 feet. Many stand proudly on their own – inselbergs  –  just as they do further north in Assynt. It is a quality of the North West Highlands,  these stand alone mountains,  which helps make the whole area so wild and beautiful and unique.

There are of course many stunning flattish or low level easy walks to be enjoyed throughout Torridon, if the big peaks don’t appeal, or if experience is limited or time or energy are constraints.These are my favourite walks.I’ll follow up with more detail per walk in separate links.

LOW LEVEL/COASTAL WALKS

1.Torridon/Fasag village to Rechullin and back (3 – 6 miles)

Beinn Damh from the coastal walk to Rechullin

One of the finest easy walks in the whole area,  taking from 1 hour to 2-3 hrs.It can be followed as long as time allows; there’s no need to go all the way to Rechullin. Alternatively, it’s equally possible to walk beyond Rechullin to Inveralligin, a mile or so further and come back to Torridon village via the high level single track road, which offers fabulous views. We’ve seen otters and eagles regularly on this walk.For more on our latest experiences on this walk: Loch Torridon Coastal Walk (north side)

2.South Shore of Loch Torridon (Up to 4 –  6 miles or less.  From 1.5hrs  – 2/3 hours or less.) A Walk on Loch Torridon’s South Shore

Beinn Alligin.

A stunning easy walk using good forestry tracks and smaller paths with incredible views to Beinn Alligin and Liathach as well as some beautiful bays to discover.Again, it’s easy to curtail this walk by only going so far. Otherwise, a car would be needed to return you to your starting point.The little white cottage visible furthest right is Rechullin (previous walk.)

We ‘discovered’ this walk on a recent April visit.It used to be heavily overgrown with rhododendrons but most of these have now been cleared.I was in 7th heaven on this walk, it really is a stunner for no effort.

3.Coire Nobuil

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Beinn Dearg from Coire Nobuil

This is a really beautiful easy flat walk on the high moorland above Loch Torridon. Mountains all around and a fine river. It’s possible to continue this walk right round the base of Liathach, to emerge eventually into Glen Torridon. The later part of the track can be boggy in places.

4.The Lochan of Coire Mhic Fhearchair (Corrie of Farquar’s Son)

See : A Walk to a Wild Torridon Lochan

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Two hours each way to this wild lonely spot, with rock buttresses framing a glacial green lochan. As wild a spot as you could wish. It’s also a favoured route onto the summits of Beinn Eighe, one of the Torridon biggies. 4 – 5 hours return. Pronounced like ‘corry veeck errackar.’

5.The Ling Hut

Minutes walk from the car park in Glen Torridon but giving a real sense of the grandeur and wildness of this area for no effort.Can be a bit boggy.This is also the start of a very wild, rough walk up through moorland to a pair of other worldly wild lochans below Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgurr Ruadh and gives access to Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine, the Peak of the Green Lochans.For more on this via the Ling Hut :A Hike to the Peak of the Green Lochans

 

6.Loch Clair

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Another short stroll from the Glen Torridon road, down to this lovely loch which offers iconic views of the mighty giant that is Liathach as well as the quartzite slopes of Beinn Eighe.

7.The Shieldaig Peninsula

Start of walk to Diabaig

 

An out and back walk from pretty Shieldaig village, along the beautiful shores of Loch Shieldaig itself (which joins Loch Torridon.) Path can be a bit rocky in places but nothing difficult, no drops or anything like that!  Look out for otters and sea eagles, the latter nesting on Shieldaig island.This walk gives great up close views of the stunning rock and moorland landscape of Torridon as well as fantastic mountain vistas all around.1 – 1.5 hours.

Applecross’s Sand Beach

I can never resist a stroll on this not large, pinkish sand beach with its wonderful views to Raasay and Skye’s Black Cuillin mountain range.Torridon is not renowned for beaches, having rocky shores  –  Applecross is the closest.

Red Point beaches 

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Quite a drive away, around 80 mins and beyond Gairloch. But these are fine, wild usually deserted pink sand beaches frequented by seals offshore.

MOUNTAIN WALKS (for experienced and well equipped hillwalkers only)

Beinn Alligin (the Jewelled Mountain)

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This beautiful mountain offers one of the most superb summit views I’ve seen from any mountain I’ve climbed, here or abroad. The path from the Coire Nobuil car park to the first top is a continual slog but with no difficulty as such.Just hard work! 5 – 7 hours.

Liathach (the Big Grey One)

Scary Liathach! All rock terraces and severely sheer slopes, this mountain really intimidates me but there is a very easy (if sloggy) way up onto one of its highest summits, Mullach an Rathain. The second Munro at the eastern end is Spidean a Choire Leith and I haven’t plucked up the courage yet to clamber up its very, VERY steep path.One day…maybe….5 – 10 hours.

Beinn Eighe 

Offering stunning views,  I’ve accessed this famous mountain from the 2 hour walk in to Coire Mhic Fhearchair, then up the eroded scree/boulder gully onto the broad easy ridge.The descent from the second Munro is very tough on the old knees, but perfectly safe. 7 -9 hours.

Beinn Damh (the Mountain of the Stag) 

Beinn Damh from Loch Torridon’s north shore

To me, the equal of Beinn Alligin for summit views, this very benign but spectacular mountains sits on the south side of the loch.One of the finest hill walks I’ve ever enjoyed, the views are Tolkienesque. About 5  – 6 hours round trip, no difficulties apart from forcing yourself to descend, eventually  and leave those views behind. 5 -6 hours.For details of our unforgettable hike up this beauty of a mountain: A Hike up the Mountain of the Stag (Beinn Damh)

 

Beinn Shieldaig

Ben Shieldaig

Still to do this one. Looks like an amazing viewpoint.

Mountain Trail, Beinn Eighe

Another ‘to do’ in my ever growing list.Looks great from photos I’ve seen.Fantastically scenic area, overlooking Loch Maree. 3 – 4 hours.

 

 

 

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