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. Its staff are well trained and motivated, and it has a particularly fine interior. The public rooms have been lovingly restored to their former glory and the 18 gorgeous bedrooms combine the elegantly classic with an upbeat contemporary look. In the attractive sitting room, relax in a window seat perfectly positioned for the view. In the restaurant, 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 350 malts. There are various outdoor activities on the doorstep, from cycling and bird watching to kayaking and sea loch cruises. You’ll find simpler rooms at the cosy Torridon Inn and the self-catered Boat House (weekly lets only). Doubles from £245.
Do: Tour the North Coast 500, on which The Torridon is located – a scenic and rugged route around the north of Scotland.
Eat: Go all out and order the seven course tasting menu. It’s quite the feast.
Buy: If you are feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at gorge scrambling?
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