Torridon: Shieldaig and Kinlochewe

Torridon: Shieldaig and Kinlochewe

The very name of Torridon is a clarion call, and the area is a mecca for all hillwalkers and lovers of wild places. The magnificent sandstone mountains that give this district its reputation are huge, brooding monoliths whose pinnacled crests give memorable expeditions.

The impressively gouged glacial trench Glen Torridon runs between these magnificent peaks from Kinlochewe down to the coast. Here, the landscape changes completely as the great fjord of Loch Torridon is bordered by pinewoods and beautiful vistas. Picturesque Shieldaig and Diabaig on either side of the loch are quiet refuges with great coastal walks. North of Kinlochewe is Loch Maree, and its beautiful pinewoods - presided over by the castellated rock fortress of Slioch - have helped it gain the reputation of being Scotland's finest freshwater loch.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Loch Torridon boathouse walk grade1.5km 45 min - 1 hour
Buzzard Path, Beinn Eighe visitor centre grade1.5km 30 mins - 1 hour
Woodland Trail, Beinn Eighe NNR grade1.5km 1 hour
Torridon village walks, Torridon grade6km 2 hours
Diabaig to Craig grade8km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Shieldaig peninsula gradegrade4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Aird Mhor and the Falls of Balgy gradegrade7.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Loch Coulin and Loch Clair gradegrade9km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Triple Buttress of Coire Mhic Fhearchair gradegrade14km 3.5 - 5 hours
Mountain Trail, Beinn Eighe NNR gradegradegrade6.5km 3 - 4 hours
Diabaig to Inveralligin gradegradegrade8km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Beinn Damh (or Ben Damph) gradegradegrade12km 5 - 6 hours
Diabaig Coastal Circuit gradegradegrade12km 4 - 5 hours
Behind Liathach - Coire Mhic Nobuil and Coire Dubh gradegradegrade12km 3.5 - 5 hours
Meall a'Ghiubhais, Loch Maree gradegradegradegrade9km 4 - 6 hours
Beinn a' Chearcaill, from Loch Maree gradegradegradegrade12.5km 5 - 6 hours
Beinn Dearg, Torridon gradegradegradegrade14km 7 - 7.5 hours
Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine and Sgurr Dubh gradegradegradegrade14.25km 7.5 - 9 hours
Ruadh-stac Beag gradegradegradegrade14.5km 6.5 - 7.5 hours
Beinn Eighe (western summits) gradegradegradegrade18km 7 - 9 hours
Slioch, near Kinlochewe gradegradegradegrade19km 8 - 9 hours
Beinn Alligin gradegradegradegradegrade10km 6 - 7 hours
Liathach, Glen Torridon gradegradegradegradegrade11.5km 8 - 10 hours
Cape Wrath Trail376km2-3 weeks
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks

FEATURE: A remarkable walk: Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail

FEATURE: A remarkable walk: Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail

David Lintern is woo’ed by the Beinn Eighe woodlands.

"This visit to Coille na Glas Letire – ‘the wood of the grey slope’ – was something of a pilgrimage for me; it’s where British Conservation stopped being theoretical and became physical. In 1951, Beinn Eighe and its surrounds became the UK’s first National Nature Reserve..."

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FEATURE: Discovering Torridon

FEATURE: Discovering Torridon

Fiona Russell provides an introduction to the wonders of Torridon.

"In my opinion, there are few glens in Scotland as dramatic as Torridon and a drive along the road that winds through the base of the glacier-eroded valley is always breath-taking. No matter the season or the weather..."

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FEATURE: Meet the Pine Marten

FEATURE: Meet the Pine Marten

Ben Dolphin enjoys the company of a furry visitor on his holiday in Kinlochewe.

"Oh wow! A pine marten visits the cottage" I exclaimed, uber-excitedly, as I turned a page in the cottage guest book.

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