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- The Torridon Mountains, with several peaks over 3000 feet, are nearby. Both houses are well supplied with maps and walking guides and these can be obtained locally.
Peter Barton's book - "Torridon - A Walker's Guide" ISBN - 13: 9781852940228 is particularly useful.
The Torridon Ranger Service take guided walks in July and August and there are several local guides including Jim Sutherland, Martin Moran and Shieldaig Outdoor Adventures.
Other useful links are :
Mountain Forecast
The weather can change suddenly in the mountains and it is essential that you are properly equipped.

Several operators do boat trips from Gairloch harbour.

Boats can be launched from the pier on The Corran. Our end of the loch is well suited to canoeing. Sea kayaking courses are run by The Torridon, Shieldaig Outdoor Adventure or from Mountain and Sea Guides in Applecross
Shieldaig Tide Table

There are nine hole golf courses at Lochcarron and Gairloch

There is an all weather sports court in Shieldaig which can be hired by the hour. Bring your tennis rackets.

The beach at Shieldaig is stony so plastic shoes are useful.
There are lovely sandy beaches at :
Gairloch - the main beach is easily reached from the car park near the Golf Club. The excellent beach at Big Sand is accessed through the campsite there for payment of a small parking fee.
Sand - on the Applecross coast road
Cuaig - beautiful secluded beach also off the Applecross coast road  down a muddy path. Wellies advised.

Wildlife is all around - Red Deer, Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, Seals and Otters are often seen. Pine Martens are fairly common but shy creatures and the Red squirrel has recently been re-introduced.
The Torridon Countryside Centre has a lot of local information and is attached to the Deer Museum and Deer Enclosure.
The Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve has a visitor centre just outside Kinlochewe on the Gairloch road.
The Shieldaig Sea Trout Project visitor centre is a short walk from The Corran.

These are usually advertised on the noticeboard near the shop and on the Visit Torridon website
Concerts, quizzes and ceilidh are held regularly and visitors are always welcome. Many events are held at Loch Torridon Community Centre.
Events in other parts of Wester Ross can be found on the Visit Wester Ross site.

APPLECROSS - Go on a clear day to enjoy the wonderful views - we prefer to go over the Bealach and back along the coast. There are lots of easy walks on the Applecross Estate and the Applecross Heritage Centre is worth a visit

GAIRLOCH has the Gairloch Heritage Museum. A little further on at Poolewe are the famous Inverewe Gardens (NTS) - free entry with English National Trust cards. There is also a swimming pool at Poolewe

DIABAIG - Pretty fishing village along the cast from Torridon with lovely view

LOCHCARRON - Lochcarron Weavers has a shop on the road to Ardaneshkan. To the east of the village is the Smithy Heritage Centre and Attadale Gardens are worth visiting

KYLE OF LOCHALSH AREAEilean Donan Castle, Balmacara and Lochalsh Woodland Garden (NTS), the West Highland Dairy and the pretty village of Plockton. There is a swimming pool at Kyle

SKYE highlights include Dunvegan Castle, Talisker Distillery, Clan Donald Centre and Raasay.

FURTHER AFIELD - Strathpeffer, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield (NTS), Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Findhorn Community.
The House of Bruar is a good place to have a break if travelling along the A9.

Maybe you just want to take in the majestic surroundings or get inspiration for artistic or photographic protects.
The following circular routes make enjoyable trips.
APPLECROSS - Chose a clear day. Drive out of the village in the direction of Lochcarron. At Tornapress turn Right and take the spectacular Bealach Na Ba  Pass road. The view from the summit is marvelous in all directions with wonderful vistas towards the Cuillins on Skye. Descend down to Applecross and then take the Applecross coast road back to Shieldaig. The late afternoon sun on the Torridon Mountains is a memorable experience.  About 45 miles
ULLAPOOL - Drive up Glen Torridon to Kinlochewe. Turn Left towards Gairloch. Follow the A832 around the coast going through Poolewe, Aultbea, Laide, Gruinard and eventually Dundonald. Continue on this road, now travelling inland. Just before you eventually join the A835 you will pass Collieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve (NTS). At Breamore Junction turn Left and it is about 10 miles to Ullapool.
Turning right at Braemore Junction takes you down the A835 to Gorstan where you then turn Right onto the A832. From here continue home via Achnasheen and Kinlochewe.   About 150 miles
GLENELG - Drive to and through Lochcarron, Turn Right onto the A890 to Strathcarron and continue on this road until it joins the A87. Turn Left towards Eilean Donan Castle and continue on to Shiel Bridge. Then turn Right to Ratagan and over the pass to Glenelg. The Glenelg Inn is a good stop for lunch.  A little further on the road you can explore the 2000 year old Glenelg Brochs. In summer a small ferry crosses from Glenelg to Kylearhea on Skye. Take this, and you can return to the mainline by the Skye Bridge and Kyle of Lochalsh.   About 100 miles


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