Have you got the urge to head for the hills this October? If so, your timing is perfect. The Torridon Mountain & Sea Festival is taking place from 3 – 13 October, and here’s what we’ve got to look forward to.
This event promises a mixture of epic adventure, tantalising treats and of course, the chance to go off the beaten tracks in some astounding landscapes, stretching from the tips of Torridon’s towering peaks to the coastal fringes of the seas.
Into the wild
An adventure or two is definitely on the cards over this action-packed fortnight.
Glide through the glistening waters in a sea kayak, with tours available at sunset or sunrise creating fantastic opportunities to watch the local wildlife. On dry land, explore the mountains with just a map and a compass and challenge yourself to navigate your way around the epic terrain.
You can get properly acquainted with the mountains by rock climbing and mountain scrambling. Unleash your inner mountaineer, with the help of an expert guide who will show you the best places to test your head for heights and hone your skills in abseiling and climbing.
Meet the locals
Unsurprisingly, Torridon’s landscape is teeming with wildlife, including soaring golden eagles and speedy mountain hares. There are several wildlife activities taking place during which you can keep a look out for the untamed residents of Torridon.
Nestled between the Isle of Skye and the Applecross peninsula, the Isle of Rona is a spectacular place to explore, with distant lighthouses, dramatic shorelines and a wealth of marine wildlife to spot as you cross the peaceful seas of the Sound of Raasay.
There are also tours of the Crowlin Islands and Loch Torridon, and you can spend an evening spotting bats with a bat expert, if you feel like embracing the spooky spirit of October.
Delicious and nutritious
The Festival is set to showcase some of the Highland’s finest produce, including the carefully brewed beers and ales at the Cairngorm Brewery, which are created using a mouthwatering mix of malted and roast barley and crystal-clear mountain water. After a day in the great outdoors, you’ll have earned it!
Foodies will be delighted by the many tasty options to choose from throughout the festival, from the the fresh tastes of Torridon’s Scottish Sea Menu and Mountain Pie and Pint Night as well as a relaxed afternoon combining beaches, barbeques and burgers.
Rolling pins at the ready! Have a bash at learning the traditional techniques of artisan breadmaking from the expert bakers at Gille Brighde and take home a wholesome handmade loaf.
Check out the full event schedule to start planning out your culinary activities.
There are plenty of chances to learn more about this glorious land and its Gaelic language roots. The Torridon area still boasts a high number of native speakers and with fascinating tours, lively folk music and Gaelic workshops you can get accustomed to its cultural traditions. Don’t miss some live music at the Torridon Inn in the evenings to top it all off.
Beautifully covered in vibrant autumnal colours at this time of year, don’t forget to dazzle your friends with stunning snaps taken on your trip. On the Loch Torridon Photography Tour, get into prime position for that perfectly-timed shot and share your pictures with us on our social media platforms, using the hashtag #brilliantmoments.