There is a lovely article about The Torridon in The Times travel section today, written by Hannah Fletcher.
She writes evocatively about arriving at the hotel and the road from Inverness:
…becoming narrower as the mountains close in, then suddenly opening up to a breathtaking vista of loch and sky.
The Torridon has been a happy hunting ground for her in the past and still evokes warm feelings.
Sinking into the sofa in the hotel drawing room on this, my third trip, looking out onto a view to rival the finest this Earth has to offer, it is easy to feel it is ours alone. The room’s splendour, belied by piles of boardgames in the corner and a steady stream of scones and home-made jam so delicious that guests are often caught licking it off the spoon, is trumped only by the grandeur outside.
To be honest, guests are not so much ‘caught’ licking jam off their spoon at afternoon tea as encouraged. It’s your holiday, after all.
The article is part of the Times Best of Britain series and the writer makes great use of the hotel as a base for exploring the Highlands.
fuelled by a breakfast of smoked salmon, kipper and eggs, and with pockets loaded with Tunnock’s tea cakes, we head west along the south bank of the loch, where mountains give way to pine forests and jagged peninsulas make for happy rambling. The sun is out and the winter snow is melting, filling the streams and turning everything green and sublime.
Of course, you don’t need to go far afield to make the most of this spectacular part of the world. For those who only want to stray as far as the top of the nearest mountain, a guided walk round the loch or a bit of sea kayaking, it’s probably good to know guests at the hotel can enjoy a complimentary programme of activities.
The Torridon is Scottish Hotel of the Year 2013.