‘Coorie’ is a Scottish word traditionally meaning ‘to snuggle’ or ‘cuddle’, conjuring up images of candlelight, cushions and warm drinks by the fire during the colder months – the Scottish equivalent to the Danish ‘hygge’.
Coorie has, however, taken on a different meaning over the years, evolving into a wider, more encompassing term for a balanced lifestyle, swapping the stresses of the modern world for something simpler and quieter. It’s no longer just about snuggling up inside, but also about embracing the outdoors and finding an inner calm through reconnecting with nature.
At The Torridon, the true meaning of coorie becomes apparent in autumn, with the natural playground of the Scottish Highlands right on the doorstep. It really is a place like no other – anyone for some wild water swimming in the loch?
With hills ablaze in intense colours as the leaves turn, venture through the stunning wilderness and release any tensions the year has brought on a guided walk or guided mountain bike ride with the team from Torridon Outdoors. Reconnect with nature and take in the lochs and glens with local guides showcasing lesser known viewpoints. Spot rutting stags and pine martens whilst traversing the hills, or amble down to the shore to observe soaring sea eagles and seals in the distance.
Torridon Outdoor’s expert mountain leaders know every nook and cranny of the Torridon area, so those looking for more adventurous hikes can go mountain guiding on Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe, offering fantastic views of the wild and remote West Highlands in its autumnal glory.
The Torridon is located on the shores of a sea loch, with wild swimming in the bracing waters right on the doorstep. Good for both mental and physical health – a dip in the loch can boost the immune system, help circulation and raise dopamine levels, too.
As the day draws to a close and the night settles in, the Bortle 1 location comes into its own as the night sky lights up. Autumn nights are the perfect time for spectacular celestial experiences with partner astronomer Stephen Mackintosh. Suitable for all levels of stargazing, Stephen will share a wealth of knowledge about the night sky during dinner, before departing on an excursion in the surrounding highlands to study the night sky.
After an invigorating day exploring the crisp, cold autumn landscape, the traditional meaning of coorie comes to the fore in front of one of the hotel’s blazing fires. A warming snifter of amber nectar from the Whisky Bar is a perfect prelude to dinner in the elegant 1887 with refined dishes created by head chef Paul Green. Those looking for a more relaxed setting can tuck into moreish comfort food served in Bo & Muc, or sample one of the many ales in Beinn Bar.
Autumn is a time for creative and comforting cooking at The Torridon, using quality product sourced from The Torridon Farm and Kitchen Garden. Turbot caught off the west coast of Scotland is paired with silky fennel and a luxurious crab sauce and ripe pears are turned into sticky chutneys or poached in red wine. Garnishes are picked straight from the garden to serve with the hotel’s own warming Arcturus Sloe Gin.
Whether staying in one of the elegant and luxurious bedrooms in the hotel or in the cosy accommodation in The Stables, the individual design and comfort replicates the rugged Highland location. Relax with a drink or spend a few moments sinking into a warm bath with a view of the natural playground in the distance – planning adventures for the next day.