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The landscape of Wester-Ross is dominated by the spectacularly scenic Torridon Mountains area. Situated approximately 50 miles west of Inverness on the A832 Garve to Gairloch road bounded to the north by the magnificent scenery of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and Kinlochewe at the head of the beautiful Loch Maree. Follow the A896 from Kinlochewe through Glen Torridon to the townships of Annat and Fasaigh nestling at the head of Upper Loch Torridon. The road west to the townships of Alligin and Diabaig forms the southern boundary of the range, the road is one of the most spectacular in Scotland with stunning views and superb sunset watching locations.

Tiered-wall mountains with ramparts high are the hallmark of this, the Torridon Mountains area, a beauty that is unsurpassed by any other in Scotland. The natural beauty of the area was so important to our national heritage that as a result in 1951, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, the first in Britain, was formed. The reserve is home to some of the last remnants of the old Caledonian Forest which once spread across the greater part of the Highlands. In 1967 the adjoining Torridon Estate was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland. Within the Trust area are two of the finest mountains in the country, Liathach and Beinn Alligan. The Moine Thrust, one of Britains most prominent geological features runs through the centre of the area.


Glacial erosion has played a significant role in the creation of this complex landscape, carving out the corries and u-shaped glens. The bulk of the mountains Torridonian Sandstone capped with quartzite that has weathered to create mountains of a distinct and individual character. The village of Kinlochewe is overlooked by the quartz topped East ridge of Beinne Eighe to the south and the fortress like buttress's of Slioch to the north.

The area abounds with mammal, insect and birdlife, together with a rich flora; for the naturalist , botanist and photographer a general wildlife haven and of course heaven to the geologist. Some of the finest examples of glacial deposits can be seen at Achnasheen Terraces and the  drumlin swarm at the Coire of 100 Hills in Glen Torridon.

Achnasheen Terraces.  Copyright Tom Forrest 2009

Monarch of Glen Torridon               Copyright: Tom Forrest 2009  Pine Marten. Copyright Tom Forrest 2009


Golden Eagle, Glen Torridon. Copyright; Tom Forrest 2005        
Liathach from Loch Clair. Copyright; Tom Forrest 2005 

The Mountaineer and Hillwalker are not to be forgotten, this area plays an important role in Scottish and British Mountaineering circles, with some of the most demanding Summer and Winter climbing routes available in Europe and possibly the World. It also encompasses some of the last remaining near wilderness in the British Isles such as the Fisherfield and Shieldaig Forests, walks and climbs suitable for all abilities are to be found throughout the area. If Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and Donalds are your forte this area is the ideal location with an abundance of hills to satisfy your passion.