Torridon Winter Walking
Torridon is one of the most stunning mountain areas in the Scottish Highlands. Walking in the Torridon hills in winter both challenging and rewarding. This is a three day guided walking event exploring some of my favourite Torridon hills. We will be climbing Beinn Eighe and it’s two Munros Ruadh-stac Mor and Spidean Coire nan Clach. Beinn Eighe was the first National Nature Reserve in Britain and is managed by Nature Scot. Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor in the Coulin Forest on the southern side of Glen Torridon and the Corbett Beinn Damh.
Beinn Eighe is a truly magnificent mountain. It is really a mountain range in miniature with rocky ridges, pyramidal peaks and grand corries. We will be climbing the two Munros on the mountain. Firstly we will head round to the amazing Coire Mhic Fhearchair and the triple butress. This was the location of a tragic aircrash in 1951 that ultimately led to the formation of Mountain Rescue as we know it. More information and the story is available here. We will work our way through the corrie and onto Ruadh Stac Mor the highest summit on Beinn Eighe.
After enjoying the views we retrace our steps slightly before continuing along the ridge. We traverse several tops on our way to Spidean Coire nan Clach the second Munro of the day. Backtracking a short way to a trig point to begin our descent. It is a steep route down in places to reach Coire an Laoigh. Once in the corrie a good path leads us back down.
We can walk this route in either direction and will decide which based on the conditions at the time. A short car shuffle at the beginning of the day saves us the road walk at the end of the day.
Distance: 18km Ascent: 1200m Time: 8-10hrs
Sgorr Ruadh & Beinn Liath Mhor
We will approach these mountains from the northern side starting in Glen Torridon. The route passes the brilliantly located Ling Hut that is run by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. After the hut we start to climb up through the Coire a’Cheud Chnoc or Valley of a hundred hills. This is an example of hummocky moraine, which was deposited at the end of the last ice age consisting of numerous ridges and mounds. Following a lovely old path we continue up and over the hillsides to reach the impressive Coire Grannda. This is a wild location and we walk up through it to reach the beallach separating it from Coire Lair to the south.
The climb up Sgorr Ruadh picks its way through the Torridon Sandstone and Cambrian Quartzite boulder fields. Once established on the north ridge it’s a spectacular walk to one of the finest mountain summits in the Scottish Highlands. A majestic and airy viewpoint indeed. We return to the beallach and then traverse some rugged rocky terrain to reach the broken quartzite summit slopes of Beinn Liath Mhor our second Munro. From here the route weaves down through a maze of crags and boulders to rejoin our approach path. The views of the northern Torridon mountains provides a wonderful backdrop to the walk back to the car park.
Distance: 16km Ascent: 1200m Time: 7-9hrs
Beinn Damh is a lovely mountain and provides great winter walking in Torridon. Being a Corbett it is lower than it’s more famous neighbours and is a little easier than the other two walks. This gives us the option to switch days around to suit conditions if necessary. We will head up the excellent stalkers path and on to the mountain to gain the ridge. Then we enjoy a good walk over classic Torridon terrain to reach the airy summit. The views of the entire Torridon area from here are superb. We retrace our steps back the way we came enjoying views over Loch Torridon.
Distance: 12km Ascent: 1000m Time: 6-8hrs