Experience The Torridon Hills this National Walking Month

By Charlotte Winterbourne

During National Walking Month in May, climb rocky peaks and amble along coastal paths in the remote landscape of The Torridon Hills, the location for great films such as King Arthur and Stardust.

Be guided by new Torridon Outdoors guide Ben Sharp, who hiked in the Peak District as a 3.5 yr old child in his wellies until his parents could find walking boots small enough to fit him! Passionate about flora and fauna and its uses over the centuries, and with a keen interest in the history of the Ordnance Survey, Ben will bring a deeper understanding and perspective to any hike in the Highlands. Not sure where to start? Here are The Torridon’s top three recommendations in order of increasing challenge:

  • Ben Shieldaig (530m) offers stunning views over Shieldaig Village and Loch Torridon, and can take between 4-6 hours to climb. This hill is perfect for beginner climbers and walkers who are looking to try something new.
  • Beinn na h-Eaglaise (736m), also known as ‘Hill of the Church’, sits on the south-east edge of Upper Loch Torridon is one of 224 Grahams. This hill can be accessed easily by a hill track through Coire Roill which starts from the rear of the hotel and is great to climb on a crisp, sunny morning.
  • The Torridon area has some of those most stunning Munros including Liathach, also known as ‘the grey one’. Rated by many mountaineers as Scotland’s finest mountain, Liathach has two Munro peaks – Spidean a’Choire Leith (1055m) and Mullach an Rathain (1023m) – and can take 8-10 hours to climb.