For those looking for their perfect Torridon Itinerary, we have spoken to the experts behind the scenes to give a unique insight into what a perfect Torridon escape could entail, providing hints and tips to make each stay an unforgettable experience.
Dan Rose-Bristow, Owner and Managing Director of The Torridon
Dan has had the pleasure of living and breathing everything Torridon since he took over the running of the hotel in 1999. Dan’s perfect trip would begin by checking into Room 14 – or the Liathach Room, which is located in the hotel’s clock tower and has the bath in the bedroom to allow for a soak with a view. Settling down with an afternoon cup of tea, he would relax, sit back and take in the surroundings of the majestic Loch Torridon to prepare for a full-on weekend ahead.
The first afternoon would start with an informal whisky tasting with the team in the bar, sampling some of the 365 different malts available, followed by a fine dining experience prepared by Chef Paul Green in 1887.
The second day would begin with hiring The Torridon’s very own Morgan and driving it along the NC500 route heading towards the Isle of Skye. Dan’s road trip would include lunch at the Three Chimneys pub in Colbost, followed by an afternoon drive back along the winding Beallach na Ba that runs through the spectacular Applecross peninsula. Once back at The Torridon, he would enjoy a light supper in the hotel’s more informal brasserie, Bo & Muc, choosing one of the simple dishes cooked with seasonality, flavour and provenance at its heart.
The final day would begin with gorge scrambling through the Beinn Damh gorge, scrambling and swimming past rocks – with the highlight being the stunning waterfall at the end. The afternoon would consist of snorkelling in the clear tidal Loch waters with the vast mountain range in the backdrop, before indulging in a tasting menu at 1887, paired with wine tasting to experience some of The Torridon’s broad selection of wines from across the globe.
Ross Aitchison, Operation’s Director of The Torridon
Ross has a slightly different take on the perfect three-day break at The Torridon, starting with checking into room 16, as he loves the seating area and large glass windows that allow him to observe the breathtaking views of the Loch. Ross would spend his first afternoon strolling around the estate, exploring the abounding Kitchen Gardens that supply the hotel’s restaurants all year round, followed by tea and scones in the drawing room. An evening meal in Bo & Muc and a taste of one of the locally brewed ales at Beinn Bar would be the perfect end before settling for the night.
Ross would start his second day with a lie in and a late breakfast, before taking a leisurely drive to Red Point beach, which is about an hour away. In fact, this is the beach where Ross got engaged, and holds a very special place in his heart. After a day at the beach, exploring the surrounding countryside, it would be time to return to the hotel for sumptuous Afternoon Tea in 1887, with indulgent sandwiches, cakes and perhaps a gin and tonic, made with the hotel’s own Arcturus Gin.
Ross’ last day would be spent kayaking on Loch Torridon to explore the panoramic landscape with the mountains and 15 mile stretch of Loch as a backdrop, followed by a fine dining experience in 1887 created by Chef Paul Green, offering a seasonal menu to reflect the produce grown in the hotel’s Kitchen Garden.
Rohaise Rose-Bristow, Owner and People Director at The Torridon
Rohaise is part of the family who have run the hotel for generations, and she probably knows the hotel and area better than most! Her ideal stay would mean checking into Room 1, the romantic master bedroom on the first floor with a wooden four poster bed and glorious views of the dramatic scenery surrounding the hotel.
Switching off the phone is the first step for Rohaise, followed by a 5k run to explore the estate and breathe in the fresh Highland air. Glad rags on, Rohaise would start her evening with a glass of champagne in the drawing room, followed by a sumptuous dinner in 1887.
The second day would start with snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Loch in the morning, followed by a hearty lunch at Bo & Muc and an afternoon snooze in front of the warm log fire, accompanied by a good book.
The third day would be an active one – Rohaise would ’bag a munro’ by climbing to the top of Beinn Alligin, enjoying a packed lunch overlooking the breathtaking views of the Loch below. This would be followed by a relaxing afternoon to recover from the walk, soaking deep into the beautiful bathtub Room 1 has to offer.
To conclude her stay, Rohaise would enjoy some Arcturus Gin in Beinn Bar followed by a well-deserved burger in Bo & Muc.
The Torridon truly is a place like no other! With so many different activities to enjoy, experiences to try and places to just ‘be’, it is a place to do as much or as little as you want.
Our lovely staff are always happy to help with recommendations on how to spend your time and give you top tips for which activities are best suited for each occasion throughout your stay, so please just ask!