Recently voted best independent hotel in Scotland 2016, the Torridon, situated in Wester Ross in the stunning Scottish highlands, is the perfect weekend getaway. Offering spectacular views over the loch and towards Beinn Alligin, this 1880s hunting lodge is steeped in history with its baronial entrance hall emblazoned with original Latin dedications to Queen Victoria.
As you might expect in the Scottish highlands, there is much to do outside to enjoy the incredible scenery – mountain biking, hiking, climbing, kayaking, shooting and archery are all available on the doorstep.
The hotel itself is beautifully appointing and comfortable with a welcoming sitting room, cosy library with open fire and a whisky bar stocked with over 350 varieties.
There are 18 rooms and suites in the lodge itself and 12 simpler rooms in Torridon Inn, a two-minute wander past some of the hotel’s own highland cattle herd. The secluded, self-catering Boat House sits right at the water edges of the loch. Back in the main hotel,
Dining at the Torridon is led by David Barnett who concentrates on Scotland’s natural produce – pushed to name a local favourite, he will tell you about the wonderful consistency of the venison and fantastic grouse from the Highland moors.
As well as the kitchen garden, the estate also has its own chickens, pigs and cattle.
To visit the Torridon, the nearest airport is Inverness and then it’s a 90 minute car journey – no hardship with this scenery to enjoy en route.
The Torridon, by Achnasheen, Wester Ross, Scotland – telephone +44 1445 700300 or visit www.thetorridon.com for reservations and further information.
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