Beinn Eighe             Copyright: Tom Forrest 2006©


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.


Liathach from Loch Clair. Copyright; Tom Forrest 2005©                                   Monarch of Glen Torridon               Copyright: Tom Forrest 2006 ©


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.


Pine Marten. Copyright Tom Forrest 2005©                                               Golden Eagle, Glen Torridon. Copyright; Tom Forrest 2005©


The Mountaineer and Hillwalker are not to be forgotten, this area plays an important role in Scottish Mountaineering circles, with some of the most demanding Summer and Winter climbing routes available possibly in the World. It also encompasses some of the last remaining near wilderness areas in the British Isles with walks and climbs suitable for all abilities. The village of Kinlochewe is one of the main stopover and re supply points on the Cape Wrath Trail  long distance walking route from Fort William to Cape Wrath.


Coulin Lodge. Copyright; Tom Forrest 2005©                                       Sunset Isle Maree   Copyright Tom Forrest©


The area is well serviced with various good homely accommodation and eating establishments, fresh seafood, game and home produce are a speciality of the area. We pride ourselves in our excellent "Highland Hospitality" which is second to none.

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