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from the many natural wonders to be seen, there
are also many interesting places to visit if you are staying in the
Torridon area. Below, a list of some that may interest - all on the
west coast, none of which are more that 90 minutes' drive away. (90
mins is not a lot by Highland standards - and the drive is often half
of the pleasure!)
mins drive - 90 mins round trip via the circular route)
circular drive to Applecross from Shieldaig is one of the finest
drives in Europe. The road rises 2,300 feet from sea level in
just a few miles (Britain's highest mountain pass) and has spectacular
views over the Minch to the Isle of Skye, and stunning empty beaches.
So although it's only 40 miles, leave a few hours, and try really
hard to make the trip when the weather is clear or you'll be in
the clouds (see below how dark it can get!)
pub in Applecross is very friendly with good seafood, and tables
outside situated next to the sea. The 'Potting Shed' cafe (website
is ... "one of the best kept culinary secrets in the British
Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle)
recommended with a caravan or a car with rubbish brakes!
is a very pretty National Trust conservation village about 25
miles south of Shieldaig, in the direction of the Skye bridge.
a good selection of craft shops, galleries, pubs and the lovely
cafe 'Off the Rails' which is found on the station platform, it
is a popular destination for quiet holidays or day trips.
may well recognise the village as it was the setting for the hit
TV series 'Hamish Macbeth'.
DONAN CASTLE (50
the most photographed castle in the Highlands, Eileen Donan has
a visitor centre, cafe, gift shop and entrance to the castle and
exhibitions from April 1st to Oct 31st. It can get very busy at
weekends in August, but is well worth a trip.
has been a castle on the site for over 800 years with plenty of
clan in-fighting as well as a key role in the Jacobite rebellion
in the early 18th century.
South of Eileen
Donan Castle, the Glenelg peninsula is the isolated and little-known
crofting area featured in Gavin Maxwell's otter novel, Ring of
Bright Water. Glenelg village, is situated on a pebbly bay on
the Sound of Sleat. A row of whitewashed houses surrounded by
trees, the village is dominated by the rambling, ruins of Fort
Bernera, an eighteenth-century garrison for English government
Inn is a wonderful spot to discover at the end of so remote a
road, with food served all day and a good chance of live music
from any local musicians who happen to be in the pub.
EIGHE NATURE RESERVE (20
Eighe nature reserve is the largest in Britain, covering over
10,000 acres, and includes several big hills - Beinn Eighe itself,
Sgurr Ban and Ruadh-stac Mor and Sail Mhor - these last two peaks
are on either side of Coire Mhic Fhearchair with its loch and
the renowned climbing area of the Triple Buttress.
Centre (Open Easter to October) with picnic site, viewpoint, interpretive
panels, campsite, woodland and mountain trails is found on the
Kinlochewe - Gairloch road.
LOCH MAREE (45 mins drive)
up to Gairloch takes you the length of Loch Maree with its imposing
hills and deep waters. In Gairloch, which is a reasonable sized
settlement with shops, a decent pub serving food, and a bank,
sea fishing trips go out daily in the season from the pier. Also,
sea life tours venture out on the loch to look for porpoises,
seals, dolphins, whales and sea birds.
Museum is housed in a restored farm and has many fascinating displays
North of Gairloch
are Inverewe gardens - often described as one of Britain's most
beautiful botanical attractions. Open all year.
situated on the shores of Lochbroom. It is a bustling town with
supermarkets, restaurants, shops, cafes, bars, live entertainment,
Museum & Library, sea fishing, loch fishing, deer stalking, car
hire & cycle hire, a ferry to Stornoway and boat cruises.
an ideal base from which to explore the Hebrides.
OF SKYE (45 mins drive to the bridge)
bridge to Skye, just 45 minutes from the Torridon area of the Highlands
is now free of charge to cross - on the Island the Cullin mountains
are a popular destination as is the town of Portree (a further hour
from the bridge). Uig (on the west coast) is another port from which
to discover the Outer Hebrides.