Let's be honest,
you don't have to actually do anything while here.
We're sure just quietly absorbing the scenery, the ambience, the power of the place is more than an acceptable and rewarding pastime.
For those who do need to do a little more then there are some world class facilities to aid your enjoyment of this most unique place - whatever you do, just remember to set your watches to Highland time, walk a little slower, .....and breathe!
Driving - ok, not so "green" but some of the most exciting driving on the planet!
Miles and miles of empty wilderness roads, mostly single track, and two challenging mountain passes that really need to be tried. The Bealach Na Bá (Pass of the Cattle) to Applecross rises over 2000' from sea level in just six miles through a series of hair-raising hairpin bends, while the less well known Bealach na Gaoithe (Pass of the Winds) is nearly 900' on the way to the charming village of Diabaig with views over The Minch to Skye, the Small Isles and the outer Hebrides. The views on both drives are breathtaking and not to be missed!
Stunning walks - straight from the door - from high level Munros to estate tracks to secret coastal paths - and we can help with guide books and maps. Or look at the WalkHighlands site
Painting - awesome scenery, flora, fauna, and wildlife
Photography - be inspired with these local shots from Steve Carter
Sailing - launch your trailer-sailer from a nearby slipway and enjoy an unforgettable sailing area as if it were your very own
Diving - we have plenty of space for you to park the rib and trailer ashore - Loch Torridon is deep and gin-clear.
Cycling - on The Estate and neighbouring estates - many miles of track
Shieldaig Fete and Regatta - 8 Aug 20
Lots of stuff to do for all and the classic Skiff racing
Bealach Challenge May and Sep
2 mad cycle races, Beag & Mor, over Britain's highest mountain pass
Screen Machine - a cinema that comes to us with the latest movies
Celtman - an extreme triathlon for only the toughest to participate but very rewarding to observe
Torridon Mountain and Sea Festival - Two weeks of activities on the hill and on the water and includes a Real Ale Festival!
No matter how much you'll enjoy our well-equipped cottage kitchens, you must take time to eat in our fabulous local eateries where you'll be overwhelmed by the freshness and quality of local food. From lobster and langoustines, brown crab, squat lobster, mussels, salmon and hand dived scallops from the loch, venison and lamb from the hill, beef from the field to locally grown fruit and veg.
An important point to remember is to book ahead for dinner! Covid-19 update - all establishments need to be pre-booked.
The Torridon Hotel's 1887 Restaurant, boasting three AA Rosettes, is in a beautiful setting for a fine dining dinner experience between the wooded slopes of Ben Damph and the head of Loch Torridon. The Hotel’s own herd of Highland cattle roam the grounds outside the restaurant. It has one of the Highlands' finest Whisky Bars for you to try or simply drop in and spoil yourself with Afternoon Tea on a rainy day. If it's more pub grub you’re after then the Bo&Muc and Beinn Bar is just a short walk from the hotel. It's possible to walk to the Torridon from Badan Mhugaidh along the loch shore path, and not go anywhere near a public road.
You’ll get a very warm welcome from Jo and her staff at the Torridon Stores and Cafe which you’ll find in the main village of Torridon and offers homemade lunches and yummy baking. It's one of our local shops too, so you can also stock up on groceries, clothing, posters and books about the local area. Jo also offers a provisioning service for the cottages.
The Wee Whistle Stop cafe can now be found in the Torridon Centre.
The award-winning Gille Brighde Café and Restaurant can be found at the ‘end-of-the-road’ in pretty Diabaig over the Bealach na Gaoithe – both the trip and the destination are worth it!
The Gorse Bush Cafe in Kinlochewe is a new venture with award winning chef Rupert Shakespeare.
Applecross is reached either by the coast road or via the uniquely stunning Bealach na Bá – one of Britain’s highest road passes. You’ll be unsurprised to learn that National Geographic magazine listed this circular route as one of the top ten scenic drives in the world, and is now a key part of the very popular North Coast 500 route.
Applecross has some outstanding eateries including the multi-award winning Applecross Inn with its stunning views across the Inner Sound to Raasay and Skye, and the very beautiful Potting Shed Cafe and Restaurant which is to be found in the charming and relaxing walled garden of Applecross House.
If you return over the Bealach na Bá, The Bealach Café, with its home baking and gallery of local arts and crafts is the perfect place to unwind and get your breath back! A short drive south from there takes you to the Kishorn Seafood Bar. Listed as one of the top 10 places to eat by the sea, it is renowned for fresh, locally sourced shellfish.
Please book ahead for dinner wherever you wish to go, and have a great time.
If you'd rather Eat In but don't want to cook, Kishorn Kitchen fine dining and catering service will deliver beautifully prepared meals, special occasion hampers and picnics, and also are available for on-site catering. The answer to your culinary prayers after a day on the hill or sightseeing.
Shieldaig, Highland IV54 8XP
+44 (0) 1445 791444
We will have an online booking and payment page very soon. In the meantime, please call or email to make a reservation.
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