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Torridon and beyond
August 07, 2019, 05:05:14 pm
Thinking about taking the 8-year-old up to Torridon later in the month - itís there or north wales depending on the weather.

Any advice about must do things for keen kids - boulders / walks / scrambles / low grade routes suitable for me to solo her to follow / cake vendors / revolutionary uprisings, etc. Also, any other venues that we could stop off on way there / back that might be kid friendly...?

Applecross perhaps?

Trying to figure out whether itís worth going to Skye as well, but might end up complicating things.


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#1 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 07, 2019, 07:57:22 pm
We did a really lovely walk into the back of Beinn Eighe. You start at the main carpark (on the a896) and walk around the west edge of the mountain into the corrie that faces north, with a little loch in it. Stunning scenery. A decent (ish) path and not too much up hill, but still a good distance walk.

We saw a golden eagle attacking a deer fawn. Incredibly dramatic. Obviously I can't guarantee that, but the walk was nice.  :)


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#2 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 07, 2019, 08:16:12 pm
Gairloch was a good base for us. Decent cafe(going back a bit now), great beach at Big Sand, not far from Loch Tollaidh which has a few easy access lower grade routes.

This was a decent though short walk with a fine scenery and plane wreck interest.

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/torridon/Fairylochs.shtml

Easy access into Torridon itself.

My kids were a bit younger than 8, we had a great time.



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#3 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 07, 2019, 09:33:03 pm
The Horns of Alligin are good fun and can be combined with the neighbouring peak for two munros:
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/torridon/Beinnalligin.shtml

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#4 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 07, 2019, 10:10:16 pm
Main thing about NW highlands is that driving anywhere can take a long time on slow roads that may not necessarily go in totally the right direction to start with due to the mountains and lochs. As such Iíd personally recommend choosing one area to base yourself rather than spending a lot of time driving.

If you get a good forecast the Torridon area is absolutely outstanding. Of the three main mountains Ben Aligin probably offers the most suitable round walk with some dramatic looking but very easy scrambling over the Horns.

The bouldering at Torridon is excellent although not super extensive, plenty to keep you going for several days. There are also some other outlying areas on the Bealach and Applecross which Iíve not checked out.

Applecross itself is beautiful and can be accessed over the Bealach which is the highest public road in the country so fairly interesting in its own right. Applecross inn does amazing seafood and the Torridon Inn is also pretty decent.

Skye could be another complete option, basing yourself near the  Cuillins thereíd be a tonne of mountain climbing/scrambling/easy route options. Thereís some bouldering there probably best described as 2* bouldering in a 5* location. Loads to do around the coast too.

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#5 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 08, 2019, 07:52:22 am
This crag looks suitable and close to Torridon: https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=10273#overview.

I thought Torridon bouldering was incredible, would go back in a heartbeat. If I was there again with some non climbing plans I would do some kayaking on the loch as it looked great.

The drive over the Bealach is fun, although you need something with a good clutch! I think theres a pretty steady walk to a summit from the parking at the crest from memory but it was too grim when we were there.

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#6 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 08, 2019, 08:23:52 am
Gairloch is a good base, a wee haven of civilisation. In contrast to teestub, although driving around takes a while, the drives are usually a pleasure as the scenery is so stunning (and Garve to Kinlochewe is an ace cruise / hoon). Gairloch cafe has still been good in recent years, as has the Old Gairloch Inn. Assault Slab / Raven's Edge at Loch Tollaidh are brilliant easy routes. The Falls Of Falloch on the Ullapool road are worth a visit too.

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#7 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 08, 2019, 09:42:42 am
This is all brilliant stuff - thank you.

In terms of bouldering, I thought the Torridon guidebook would be the thing, unless thereís any great advantage to having the Boulder Scotland as well / instead?

Re routes - also spotted Ardheslaig https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=3931#overview which might work too.

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#8 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 08, 2019, 11:30:37 am
The bouldering is well covered in the most recent Boulder Scotland, although not to the same level of detail as the Torridon pamphlet. Obvious benefit of the full guide for the wider area and planning for future trips or locations en route.

If my initial post seemed to sell the bouldering short, hopefully the fact that Iíve been there four times from Yorkshire balances out the picture a bit! The area is stunning and the rock is immaculate, thereís just not a huge amount of volume problem wise, maybe 100 problems across the grades.

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#9 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 08, 2019, 11:43:54 am
This is all brilliant stuff - thank you.

In terms of bouldering, I thought the Torridon guidebook would be the thing, unless thereís any great advantage to having the Boulder Scotland as well / instead?

Re routes - also spotted Ardheslaig https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=3931#overview which might work too.

This is a great little crag, we retreated there after doing Sword of Gideon up on Bealach na Ba when it was so windy we were nearly blown off the crag. It's a really short walk from car, and easy to scramble to the top to set up ropes. I think we ticked off the VSes and maybe a couple of easier ones, good quality rock throughout, but might be a bit of grass etc growing on less climbed routes. May well be a bit midgy on still day, but should be fine if sunny and / or breezy. Seem to remember potential for a bit of bouldering on the right of the crag too.

Second Gairloch as a good base, nice beach etc.

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#10 Re: Torridon and beyond
August 08, 2019, 12:09:57 pm
Torridon guidebook available in the youth hostel which is useful.

 

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