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.
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