Despite nearing the end of summer, September in the Highlands still brings long, light-filled afternoons with dramatic moods and changing shades – it truly is a wonderful time to visit the Highlands. Those who are tempted to visit will be rewarded by stunning nature scenes and tastes of the changing seasons, with the earthy smell of the woodlands filling the air. Wave goodbye to summer with style at The Torridon.
Experience the wilderness
As The Torridon rests amongst a backdrop of gorges and peaks, this month you are most likely to experience the outstanding resident wildlife as they prepare for the cold stretch ahead. With the last few weeks of summer before the trees begin to turn amber, start your adventure on one of our outdoor experiences. Travel to a nature reserve with jaw-dropping viewpoints, spot a striking red deer as they look for a mate or a red squirrel as they find nuts to hide before the frosts begin. Kayak through Loch Torridon and point out a playful otter or eagle circling overhead. Every glorious creature has their part to play in the lead up to autumn.
The last of the summer sun tells us that our apples are ready to be picked. Crisp, sweet, or tantalisingly tart, there are more than 40 varieties of Scottish apple and we have chosen the most delicious selection to grow in our orchard. Our team take time to pick the best throughout the month. Another cherished find from the orchard, our quinces are now golden enough for harvest. They may seem hard and tough-skinned, but when cooked down, their flesh becomes tender and aromatic.
Flavour of the month
A move into the cooler months marks a move into grouse season. This striking bird breeds in the highest munros of Scotland, grazing on only the finest heather and making exquisite circles in the open sky. With an intense gamey taste, there’s a reason why this native breed is favoured by chefs around the world. You’ll find it on our 1887 menu, paired with salt baked celeriac and beetroot.