Torridon Boathouse Walk.

Start. Torridon Inn.

Route. Torridon Inn - Rubh an t-Salainn - Torridon Inn.

Notes. If there's one place in Scotland that makes shivers run up and down the spine and the hairs on the back of the neck stand proud, for me it's Torridon, a hill walkers Mecca, for years a place I've longed to visit, a slice of wonderland without the white rabbit. Take a look at the map sheet, contours crammed into such a small area, evocative names such as Beinn Alligin, Beinn Eighe and Liathach. Unfortunately I'd promised Sue no mountain walking this week, actually we'd no intention of walking anywhere this day, a planned short visit, scope the place out for a later date.

Lunch in the Torridon Inn presented me with an excuse to don the walking boots for a short walk, a chance to track down the illusive otter before driving on to Shieldaig. A way-marked path starts behind the Torridon Inn, you're welcome to use the inn car park. After crossing the bridge blue markers guided us to the loch side, a short walk with wonderful views to the mountain giants of Torridon followed, far too soon we reached Rubh an t-Salainn, a sign forbid us to proceed any further, how disappointing no more loch shore walking and no otters. We ascended into a dense rhododendron thicket before stepping onto a forest track to start the short walk back.

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Typical mountain burn.

Stunning views across Loch Torridon, the many summits of Beinn Alligin.

Looking to Rubh an t-Salainn, the small finger of land graced by two small trees.

Dwarfed by the landscape, Torridon village rests in the shadow of Liathach.

Views into Glen Torridon with Liathach rising to the left and the lower Seana Mheallan the right.

Our route through the rhododendron thicket.

Forest tracks guide us back to the Torridon Inn.

Well off route, Shieldaig is about six miles away, it is possible to walk here from Torridon but you'll need transport to convey you back.

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