The third annual Torridon Mountain & Sea Festival comes to the small village in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland September 27-29 for a 3-day immersive event full of food, drink, and fun activities on both land and sea. Aimed to give visitors the chance to explore all that the idyllic village has to offer, the event schedule is absolutely packed with things to do and see, with something for everyone.
If you’re an adventure-fiend who wants to physically explore the wondrous surrounding of the Scottish Highlands, take part in one of the festival’s many immersive experience offerings. Torridon is renowned for its vast mountain biking terrain – if you’re a beginner, get acquainted with your new favourite sport by riding around Gairloch and Flowerdale Estate on Friday 29th, where experienced guides will be on hand to share expert knowledge of the trails and divulge how to explore the forests, rivers and waterfalls in the best possible way. For confident and experienced bikers, explore the Letterewe Estate on Sunday 29th, one of the most remote parts of the UK. Ride along the well-kept paths and stop for lunch to refuel at a smart Bothy overlooking Loch Torridon.
If you prefer sea excursions rather than land, take advantage of the sea kayaking activities the event offers, where you’ll get to immerse yourself in some of the UK’s best coastlines. Book Torridon by Sea Kayak on the Friday for a fun introduction to the sport, exploring two different coastlines on Upper Loch Torridon, and delve deeper on the Saturday with the full day trip between The Torridon and Shieldaig where you’ll come face to flippers and fins with local wildlife including seals and porpoises.
As well as physical activities, the festival will host a Scottish ale sampling at the Isle of Sky Brewery, hearty Scottish cuisine at The Torridon Inn and live music from the talented likes of Hò-rò armed with bagpipes, Scottish Folk/Ceilidh band Schiehallion and the upbeat and energetic Mystic Shoes. In addition to this exciting and varied schedule of events, there will also be a seven-course tasting menu at 1887, The Torridon Hotel’s highly acclaimed restaurant where delectable dishes such as Highland beef tartare with foraged ransom and locally-sourced monkfish will be perfectly paired with Scottish gin, whisky and homemade juices. Finally, visitors can take part in a gin tasting with Persie Distillery and a single malt sampling with The Torridon’s very own whisky connoisseur, Piotr.
The Torridon, Wester Ross, Scotland
The Torridon Mountain & Sea Festival package costs £187.50pp (two sharing), £375 total for two people and includes two nights’ accommodation at The Torridon Inn, daily breakfast, packed lunches and one wilderness activity.