The Stables at The Torridon
The Stables offers informal luxury in a spectacular environment.Once known as the Torridon Inn, The Stables is the more informal option at the plush Torridon Hotel, which enjoys a spectacular location on the shores of Loch Torridon on Scotland's west coast, about 40 miles north of Fort William. The main building is a turreted baronial castle which describes itself as a 'boutique resort', and without doubt makes for a thoroughly indulgent place to stay, with 18 individually designed contemporary guest rooms, two restaurants and its own farm and kitchen garden. But The Stables, a two-minute walk away across the lawn, provides a more relaxed alternative that's perhaps more appropriate for walkers and the muddy boot brigade – and more affordable too. That said, you have access to the grander offerings at the hotel if you want them, and the scenery of course is the same for everyone!
The Stables is a perfectly self-contained entity, with a selection of double, twin and family options among its 12 guest rooms and suites. Grouped around a courtyard in the former stable block of the main house, the rooms in this old stone bolthole have been given a bright recent makeover; think tartan throws and thoughtfully curated paintings depicting the spectacular local landscapes. They are well-equipped, stylish and cosy but they don't have the stunning loch and mountain views of the hotel. What they do have is a variety, with plenty of room for families or groups of friends to muck in together; bathrooms are recently refurbished and well equipped with bath/showers and Cowshed toiletries, and dogs are welcome in ground-floor bedrooms.
The same building is also home to the hearty Beinn Bar, where you can sup guest Scottish ales and compare walking stories before moving on to posh comfort food at Bo and Muc, a restaurant with such delights as Isle of Harris smoked salmon and ‘Hairy Coo burgers’. You can see the local herd of these beautiful horned beasts out the window. Finish off with a seriously decadent Tunnocks Teacake ice cream sundae (yes, seriously!). Herbs and vegetables from The Torridon’s kitchen garden find their way into the dishes too. If you’re staying for a few nights consider sauntering across to the more refined, fine-dining alternative, 1887, where they serves tempting seasonal and tasting menus. Or just take the weight off in the Whisky Bar while working your way through their collection of 365 whiskies and 120 gins!
Finally there's the location, which is about as good as its gets if you're keen to get outdoors. You can get right in amongst those hiking - Beinn Damh rises right behind the inn, or tackle the even tougher Munros of the Liathach Ridge across the loch. The hotel's partners, Torridon Outdoors, can arrange everything from archery lessons to sea kayaking and gorge scrambling, while there are any number of hikes you can undertake from the hotel, perhaps along Loch Torridon or up nearby Beinn Alligin. They have guides on hand should you prefer to explore with an expert, but otherwise, as long as you are properly equipped and sensible, there's nothing to stop you setting off with your own map. The only problem you will find is that you can't possibly experience all the area has to offer on a single visit. You will have to come back!
OpenOpen all year.
PricingDouble rooms from £155 a night, Family rooms from £235 a night. Rates include breakfast.
RoomsDouble, twin, family rooms with bunk beds for families of four and six people are available.
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