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The Torridon
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

The Torridon was the first step on our Honeymoon trip, and it provided just the post-wedding relaxation we needed.

The drive to the hotel is amazing, and arriving at the front door of the Torridon we were in awe at the beauty of the surrounding landscape, and the impressive building in front of us.

Our room carried on the theme, with views across the Loch and the ground of the hotel. The room itself was very comfortable, and decorated to a high standard. Our bathroom was circular, part of a turret, and we had a roll top bath in the middle of the room. It was beautiful and very unique.

The highlight of our stay was most certainly the restaurant. Torridon serve a 5-course tasting menu which includes a pre-starter, starter, main course (choice of two options), pre-dessert and dessert course (choice of sweet dessert or cheeseboard) The staff are all wonderfully attentive, and bring you each course with pride and purpose, carefully explaining what it is, where it was sourced from, and how it was cooked. They are all friendly and talkative, ask you how your day was, and suggest itineraries for the next. The food itself is of an exceptional standard. Possibly the best food I have ever eaten. I am doubtful that we will ever experiencing a dining experience quite like it again. I recommend thoroughly choosing the cheeseboard – it’s magnificent and changes daily. Also – although you are taking a 5-course tasting menu, in fact you are provided with canapés before and petit fours & coffee afterwards too!

Another highlight is the Whisky bar which stocks 300 whiskies. The cabinet is so large they have a ladder to reach the top. I was able to taste most of the malts I had on my agenda, some that are difficult to find – especially in London. The bar is very well decorated, and relaxing.

The hotel staff were also very professional and attentive, although perhaps a little defensive at times when questioned about potential issues. My wife is not Scottish, and needed reassurance that the water was safe to drink, being quite peaty and discoloured. While the gentleman behind the reception succeeded in reassuring her, he did seem to misunderstand her intent, assuming she was complaining, rather than enquiring. We had a similar experience when following up on a request to have an item dried by the staff. The young lady (who was very good throughout our stay I should add), responded a little defensively when we asked for an update.
Neither of these encounters detracted from our enjoyment however.

The activities provided are a fantastic addition. We took advantage of the Kayaking, Gorge Scrambling and Archery. All were very professionally organised and great fun.
We were told pre-booking was not required, but frustratingly were told on arrival that due to lack of demand, the kayaking had been cancelled. This was top of my list, so we opted, begrudgingly, to book the kayaking as a paid activity. Another family then booked kayaking for the same time, and the hotel kindly removed the charge from our bill.

In short we had a wonderful stay, and will most certainly remember the Torridon when we are next in the North of Scotland.

Room Tip: Inquire in advance if there are activities you want to take part in.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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DanRB, Owner at The Torridon, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you ever so much for the kind review and we are so pleased hat we managed to start your honeymoon in such a positive way. We take your comments on board and I have reminded that team that they need not be defensive. While it is not essential to book activities we do send all our guests a prior booking form so that you can book the restaurant, amenities for the room and activities before you arrive. Bruno and his team work tirelessly to provide excellent cuisine and it is always great when it is appreciated so much. Good luck for the future and we hope that you may visit us again, maybe even an anniversary! Regards Dan & Rohaise

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had a wonderful time at the Torridon earlier this summer. The staff, especially Cameron in the restaurant, were amazing. We felt very at comfortable here and enjoyed the room, the meals and the scenery. We can not wait to return! We drove from Loch Ness, over Applecross and the scenery was spectacular. Did lots of local hiking and had a great meal at the Inn and the main hotel; both were excellent.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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DanRB, Owner at The Torridon, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2012

Thank you for your review. We pleased that you enjoyed staying with us an dining at the hotel and Inn. Cameron has being doing such a good job that he was recently promoted. We look forward to welcoming you back. Regards, Dan & Rohaise

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

You get what you pay for! Gorgeous hotel with very good food and service. Future Scotland vacations would feel incomplete without another stay at the Torridon, Even 'though the weather was horrible ...

We ate at the Inn (couldn't manage another 6-course set menu) and the food there was very good. Also liked the pub atmosphere of the Inn before settling for the Whisky bar (more than 350 to chose from) at the luxurious hotel.

Breakfast was excellent. Nice and helpful staff.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DanRB, Owner at The Torridon, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2012

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed both staying at the hotel and dining at the Inn. We look forward to welcoming you back. Regards, Dan & Rohaise

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

My husband is a regular visitor to The Boathouse, part of the Torridon Hotel estate. This year he persuaded me to join him - but as luck would have it we only stayed one of the seven nights booked, because of a medical problem, but I can't wait to go back. The house itself is very secluded, on the edge of the loch, down its own private road and with a jetty. There's a large seating area, with fantastic views, a wood-burning stove, satellite tv, dvd and cd player; a really well equipped and spacious kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, and wine fridge. Upstairs are two tastefully furnished double bedrooms, the master bedroom with glorious views, and the elegant bathroom. From the terrace outside you can feed the pine martens at night (they snapped up the raisins we left out!), and otters can be sighted. A generous welcome pack is provided, with all the essentials like olive oil, condiments, sugar, preserves. But make sure you bring any food you need for the week, as it isn't a stroll to the local shops and their stock is obviously limited. Wouldn't like to go there later than May, because of the midges - make sure you pack insect repellant, even in the spring. But this is truly a magical destination for couples or families, perfect for walking and wildlife, or just relaxing and soaking up the wonderful scenery and the luxury of this beautiful boathouse.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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DanRB, Owner at The Torridon, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2012

Thank you for your review. It is such a shame that you managed only to stay 1 day but you managed to take a number of good photos even still. The Boat House is a great gem of a location and this year we have seen 48 out of 52 weeks sold and we are already nearly full Mar-Aug 2013. We look forward to welcoming you and your husband back on another occasion when hopefully you will be able to experience he full benefit. Regards, Dan & Rohaise

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We first stayed here in 2008 and have extremely fond memories of our stay so he had not hesitation in booking a stay here again on a recent trip to the west coast.

The idyllic loch-side setting and the historic character of the building has been mentioned in numerous reviews on here so I won't go into too much detail here.

Two improvements (not that they were bad first time around!) we noticed were the quality of service and food. We were really impressed with the staff here who were attentive, friendly and were formal without being stuffy.

We dined in the restaurant for both dinner and breakfast and found the quality of both meals excellent. Both featured locally sourced produce cooked in imaginative ways, something of which we always approve of!

I would highly recommend this hotel. Yes, it is expensive, but you do get good value for your money.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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DanRB, Owner at The Torridon, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2012

Thank you for your review. It is very pleasing when guest return and find we have made improvements and enjoy their stay more than the last time. Regards, Dan & Rohaise

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