A Highlands Sanctuary for the Soul

By Mika Bishop

The Torridon is a remote retreat in northwest Scotland. With design that mixes glamour and homeliness, it stands proudly at the head of a vast loch, surrounded by mountains and forest. Featured on BBC 2’s Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, presented by Monica Galetti and Giles Coren, last night, it is a place like no other.

The Torridon is a microcosm of a sustainable world. Biomass energy provides heating for the resort and water comes from a natural spring. The Torridon Farm, Kitchen Garden and surrounding landscape produce 60% of ingredients used to create dishes in the fine dining restaurant 1887 and the more casual Bo & Muc. From Highland beef to grapes to wasabi to seaweed, the abundance of ingredients that can be nurtured and found on The Torridon’s doorstep is incredible.

The approach to self-sufficiency continues internally, with staff trained on bespoke programmes to offer the very best of Scottish hospitality, without stuffiness. Tom the gardener, who also looks after the Highland cows, Shane the barman, with a wealth of whisky knowledge, and Alan the sous chef who loves waking up every morning in the mountainous wilderness, are some of the personalities who appeared on last night’s episode of Amazing Hotels. The Torridon Team is talented, passionate and have a genuine emotional connection with the Scottish surroundings.

Glorious for mind and body is the vast, natural playground in which The Torridon is located, where gorge scrambling, kayaking, hiking and wildlife spotting can be arranged by the qualified guides at Torridon Outdoors. Last night saw Giles Coren go for an exhilarating swim in a loch with some of the team.

Hills ablaze with colour herald autumn, bringing with it the magnificent deer rut and amazing stargazing opportunities. After a day of adventurous experiences, look forward to log fires in cosy lounges, a tipple of The Torridon’s own gin Arcturus or a dram or two in the Whisky Bar and a deep slumber in an elegant bedroom, your sanctuary for the soul.

Book an autumn break at The Torridon, where Hotel bedrooms start at £295 per room and The Stables rooms start at £150 per room (family rooms available), including breakfast. For further information, please go to www.thetorridon.com