While it is always good to get a favourable review in the national press, as happened recently in Scotland on Sunday, it is wonderful when guests compose their own songs of praise.
It is good of them to bother. Few however can have bothered as much as the guest who reviewed us this month in Tripadvisor with five stars and in no fewer than 1800 words.
That is almost a dissertation! Certainly it is a new record for us.
Our reviewer from San Francisco described her stay at The Torridon as “a magnificent experience”.
The initial reception when we arrived was a harbinger of consistently gracious, helpful, kind service throughout the rest of our time.
We always ask guests if they have particular requirements before they stay.
Bedding was extremely comfortable, and our pre-request of pillow type via the online preference form was actually filled precisely – two moderately firm foam for one of us, soft down for the other.
Great. And happily the dining experience at The Torridon came up to scratch.
Dinner menu was ever-changing (just like on a ship!), with soup, a pre-starter, at least two listed options for starter, main, and a choice of a wonderful cheese board or pudding (dessert) – oh and a pre-dessert too! All just delightful, beautiful, refined, delicious gems of plated courses. It’s impossible to remember everything but highlights from random recall: wild mushroom risotto; smoked fish chowder; disc of local smoked salmon strewn with miniature edible petals, carved fruit, microgreens; roast loin of venison; lamb two ways (loin and lamb-mint confit); accompaniments of black pudding and haggis ravioli on separate nights (thankfully small but the perfect complementary and bold flavor to the more traditional plated sauces); seared/roasted haddock; chocolate caramel mousse.
The attention to detail in this review is extraordinary. Eventually, however it was time to say farewell.
We can’t wait to return – and become one of their regulars like some of those we met who return at their favorite time of year and to their favorite room. Do stay more than one or two nights if you possibly can – it’s an entirely different experience, and worth it.
We look forward to seeing our hard-working guest again and promise to try to live up to her stellar review.