A former and still very grand shooting lodge, The Torridon has one of the Highlands’ most stunning locations. It stands on a beautiful sea loch in 58 acres of parkland, with breathtaking views all around. The staff are charming and its interiors particularly fine – the public rooms have been meticulously restored to their former glory and the 18 lovely bedrooms combine the elegantly classic with an upbeat contemporary look. In the pretty sitting room, relax in a window seat perfectly positioned for that view. In the 3 AA Rosette restaurant, head chef David Barnett combines Scottish ingredients with French flair; his stand-out dishes include venison, grouse, razor clams and John Dory. After dinner, head for the whisky bar, stocked with more than 365 malts. There are various outdoor activities on the doorstep, from cycling and bird watching to kayaking and sea loch cruises. You’ll find 12 simple rooms at the cosy Torridon Inn, or for a spoiling and private experience try the two-bedroom Boat House (weekly lets). Doubles from £255.
Name to Know: Head chef David Barnett. Ask him about his cured Parma ham, sourced from the Torridon Farm.
See: Enjoy the views from a different perspective while sea kayaking on Loch Torridon. Under the guidance of one of our amazing instructors, explore this beautiful area – you may even see a dolphin or two.
Eat: Head to the three rosette restaurant and go all out with the seven course tasting menu. With fresh ingredients from their own farm and a menu that changes daily – you will be spoilt for choice!
Buy: The Torridon Farm has its own fold of Highland cattle who you will fall in love with. Sadly you cannot take the real thing home with you, so head to reception and pick up ‘Bho’ – the smaller, but no less adorable cuddly toy. A perfect keepsake for a perfect stay.
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