Landscapes of Scotland - Torridon area
The Torridon area of the Western Highlands (consisting of Loch Torridon and the smaller Loch Shieldaig) is situated on the west coast of Scotland, in Wester Ross. The area is well known to climbers, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, and countless visitors from around the world, for what is considered to be some of the finest scenery in Europe.
The mountains (Liathach, Beinn Alligin, Sgorr Ruadh, Maol Chean-deargare) are very nearly the highest in Britain, rising in places almost vertically to 3500 feet from the deep sea lochs. Many visitors to the area remark upon the unusual atmosphere - it is truly one of the world's rarest and special places.
Torridon is 110 miles north of Fort William and 80 miles west of Inverness. The climate on the coast is surprisingly mild (given its northerly position) due to the influence of the Gulf stream. This has a huge effect on the area. Pampas grass and palm trees grow in an area that is as northerly as Oslo.
Being so remote, due to an ever declining population, and due to a climate that is, shall we say, often rather wet, the area is one of the finest to view rare wildlife, and to find some solitude whilst walking in the hills. It is still possible to walk all day without meeting another human - quite a feat on this crowded isle.
As for the weather, well, as a confirmed walker once said: 'There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing'