Now that spring is here, we spent some time with Charlie to get his insight on the best activities for guests in the coming season and to find out what his own personal aspirations are.
What activities can visitors look forward to in the spring?
Gorge scrambling and coasteering are two activities which we put on for the warmer months. They are really great fun and fantastic ways to seek some adventure while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Being kitted out in our thick wetsuits and gloves, helmets and buoyancy aids keep you safe and warm.
What is the most popular activity at The Torridon?
Sea kayaking tends to be our most popular activity. Our half and full day trips give the opportunity to spot wildlife such as seals, otters, oyster catchers, and our full day trips include visits to islands with nesting sea eagles.
What’s your personal favourite activity?
My favourite activity would be mountain biking. Torridon has world class single track and we are lucky enough at the hotel to have access to some fantastic forest trails that offer a great introduction to biking so people of all ability can enjoy the activity.
Are there activities you recommend based on times of the year?
With the longer daylight hours and better weather, I would recommend taking full advantage of our bespoke full day activities such as embarking on a full day kayaking adventure, bagging a munro or an exploratory day on a bike. Our full day trips can be geared towards our guests, whether they are total beginners or have a bunch of experience, we can help them get the most out of their day.
When the days get shorter and snow starts to fall on the hills, sea kayaking is a great activity when the wind plays ball. You get a truly unique view from the loch and you can spend hours watching the weather come in and out from the glens. Failing that, biking is a great all weather activity.
If you could do an activity anywhere in the world, what and where would it be?
I spent some time growing up in Romania in the very early 90s. I’d really like to go back and explore the mountains on a multi-day hut to hut adventure, either on skis or on a bike… or both! Once I’ve ticked that off, maybe split boarding a little further afield. I would really like to explore some mountains in Asia – pretty vague I know!
What do you love most about being based in the Scottish Highlands?
There’s always more to do. Bothy trips, ski touring, mountain biking, surfing, wild camping, world class climbing and sea kayaking and all with the knowledge that the access in Scotland is pretty limitless. No matter what the weather is doing, there is an activity perfectly suited to those conditions. And everyone is always so psyched to be out and about and the pubs are friendly and welcoming when you turn up soaked through and muddy.
You have years of experience in the outdoor activity industry, what has been your biggest achievement to date?
Hard to say really. I think managing to forge a career in the outdoors is something anyone who has done it should be proud of as it’s not an easy industry to make money and not many people fully understand that. Coming up to the highlands in the first place was a bit of last minute decision not having anywhere to stay or work but for some reason it made total sense at the time and I’m really glad I had the courage to make that leap of faith.
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