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About Us

Exclusive Luxury with a Personal Touch

danrohaise2015Daniel and Rohaise moved to Torridon to join the family business in 1999.

After four successful years of managing the hotel, they bought The Torridon from David and Geraldine Gregory, Rohaise’s parents, who had decided to retire.

Rohaise and Daniel have a hands on approach to managing The Torridon and work with their staff to ensure that every guest is looked after personally, combining a formula of friendly and welcoming hospitality with professional service.

A continuing programme of upgrade to the hotel, its rooms and facilities has enabled them constantly to improve the quality and service, making The Torridon one of the top hotels in Scotland.

Historic Lodge

torridonlodgeThe Torridon was originally built as a shooting lodge for the first Earl of Lovelace in 1887.

In those days, the entrance to the house was through the dining room – now the 1887 Restaurant – then they added the clock tower.

The carved inscription you see round the walls of the hall and dining room were created to celebrate the 50th year of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Ada Lovelace, 19th Century Computer Pioneer

lovelaceportraitAda Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, was a 19th century mathematician now credited as the world’s first computer programmer thanks to her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.

Once she married William King, 8th Baron King, she became baroness of a large estate at Ockham Park and also of The Torridon.

Once a year, the world celebrates the accomplishments of women in mathematics, science, technology and engineering on Ada Lovelace Day.

We celebrate these achievements every day by naming Room 2 at The Torridon ‘Ada Lovelace’.

25 Things You Might Not Know about The Torridon

  1. The house was originally built as a shooting lodge for the first Earl of Lovelace. It took 20 years to build and was completed in 1887
  2. All materials for the house had to be shipped in by boat and even the soil in the kitchen garden was brought over from Ireland.
  3. The drawing room has an unusual Zodiac ceiling, a tribute to Queen Victoria who was fascinated by astrology.
  4. The hotel has been family-run since 1992. Daniel and Rohaise Rose-Bristow, bought the business in 2004 from Rohaise’s parents, having managed the property for 4 years.
  5. The kitchen garden produces many of the ingredients used by the kitchen as well as flowers for the hotel.
  6. The original entrance to the house was through the dining room until the addition of the clock tower.
  7. The restaurant has 3 Rosettes from the AA and a silver medal from EatScotland.
  8. One of the most popular ales in the bar is The Torrid One, created for the Torridon Real Ale Festival  by An Teallach Brewery. The name was crowd-sourced on Twitter.
  9. Every room in the hotel features a soft cuddly Highland cow.
  10. The Torridon has its own herd of Highland cattle. These can be spotted in fields beside the hotel.
  11. The Whisky Bar features more that 350 whiskies. The best-sellers are Cardhu and Balvenie.
  12. The whisky bar also features a large collection of gins.
  13. The most items of clothing left by a guest on departure numbered 23.
  14. The activities team often see porpoises when they kayak in Loch Shieldaig
  15. Tamworth pigs from Diabaig arrive every October for fattening before Christmas.
  16. The most food consumed by a guest included 3 courses in the Inn then 7 courses in the restaurant.
  17. The largest bed in the hotel is 7ft wide
  18. Room 23 in the Inn used to be a hayloft for hill ponies
  19. The Torridon is the only hotel to have won AA’s Scottish Hotel of the Year twice
  20. The Boathouse is a luxury self-catering cottage by the loch and within the Torridon estate.
  21. The Activities team have a guide called ‘Walking around Torridon’, with routes for a variety of abilities. Ask for a copy.
  22. Celebrity guests include Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mark Strong during the filming of Stardust.
  23. There is a fleet of Trek 3500 bikes available to hire for outings.
  24. There are sixteen Munros (mountains over 3000ft) in the Torridon area. The bar has a mural of their names and heights.
  25. The Torridon’s green credentials include a biomass district heating scheme, recycled paper and an Ionator for water processing.

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