Too good to miss – Winter sunrise on Beinn Alligin

Torridon is stunning in all conditions, whether  in the depths of winter with snow blanketing the high peaks or in the high summer when it barely gets dark, and everything is beautifully still…until the midges arrive!

I’ve been fortunate to visit throughout the year and every season has its merits. In the winter, the light is stunning; soft and warm throughout the day and any low-lying snow makes it feel almost alpine.

One winter, I was fortunate enough that the conditions were almost perfect to climb Beinn Allign, with almost no snow or ice at the summit; an opportunity too good to pass on. Setting off before sunrise to make sure we wouldn’t be climbing in the dark, we were greeted with a classic winter sunrise, the sun grazing the peaks of the hills and bringing a hint of warmth to our cold bodies.

The view from the summit north was breathtaking; hidden behind the huge mass of the mountain is a true wilderness, a maze of munros and lochs stretching almost all the way to Gairloch some 20km away. The climb is not for the faint hearted but if you’re feeling sprightly and conditions are favourable, it’s certainly a day to remember.

If you’d like to recreate Matt’s journey but want to have an expert guide on hand to make sure your day goes smoothly Torridon Outdoors offer half and full day mountain guiding throughout the year

 You can see more of Matt’s work at www.mattbuckleyphoto.com or on Instagram, @mattbuckleyphoto.

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Dan & Rohaise are proud owners of The Torridon a family run and independent Hotel and resort. Passionate about food, service, provenance and promoting hospitality as an Industry of choice, especially for young people.

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