Scot Mountain Holidays have created a wonderful paradox. You have the comforts of home whilst stepping off your doorstep to explore somewhere cherished or new. Andy’s more extreme and challenging trips can take you decidedly out of your comfort zone. He also introduces a ‘wild side’ of Scotland and Europe that are delightfully unexpected.
Explore Torridon on foot
Torridon’s reputation is wholly justified. A landscape of towering buttresses & a primeval feel. For many this magnificent area provides the finest mountain days anywhere. I need say little more other than this holiday requires a good head for heights.
The whole area is one of our favourite places to visit. The mountains here are unique, the area is really quiet and the views are to die for. The Torridon hills look across to the Cuillin range on Skye, to the West and through to ridge after ridge of towering ridges on the mainland.
The Thrail House is a spacious and comfortable house in the most magnificent setting. It’s the perfect place to return after an exhilarating day on the hill or on the water.
The accommodation is spread over two floors and comfortably sleeps eight people. There are four bedrooms that can be set up as king or twin rooms.
We take the whole ethos with us when we run trips away from our home base of Fraoch Lodge. The whole family team journeys out with you and provides for you no matter where our base is.
We’ll book a well-appointed cottage large enough for our group and in Glen Torridon or nearby. The cottage will have wifi but may not have a TV signal. In 2016, we are staying at Thrail House on the Ben Damph estate.
Scot Mountain Holidays will be hosting, guiding and catering with the best of Scottish produce. As there will be limited opportunities to restock our supplies while over in the Hebrides we will be planning the menu in advance and would ask that you make sure to give us all your requirements in advance. If there are any Scottish specialities you definitely don’t want to try, please say.
We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.
It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener. He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!
At pick-up points by stipulated time on day before walking starts.
The narrow ridges followed by the entertaining three Horns of the Jewel Mountain, Beinn Alligin, makes a very fine introduction to the Torridon mountains.
Slioch – ‘the spear’ – rises fortress like to dominate the most beautiful of lochs, Loch Maree. A walk in mountain splendour and one of the Scotland’s classic peaks.
The view of Liathach from Glen Torridon is stupendous. It’s eastern spine appears to rise sheer in a series of fortressed buttresses. We breach the defences of this huge monolith for a traverse along its sensational crest.
Beinn Eighe’s is another of Torridon’s Giants. Its northerly flanks thrust out rocky spurs to encircle deep corries with cliff skirted headwalls, the finest of which is Coire Mhic Fhearchair & it’s 1000ft triple buttress – one of the natural wonders of Scotland.
Beinn Damh may be just short of Munro status but it doesn’t lack interest. Its dramatic east face of towering buttresses & huge cliffs makes it an equal amongst its neighbouring giants.
Day after walking finishes after breakfast.