20 year anniversary trip to Scotland

Old Aug 29th, 2017, 08:50 AM
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Last leg - of the trip and report.
The drive to Torridon was about 1.5 hours after all the frequent photo op stops. We passed the Applecross pass and I very much would have liked to drive that road but we were running short on time.

The scenery along the way was lovely. Lochs, mountains and little villages. The hotel Torridon itself is quite impressive upon approach. its set on 58 acres of parkland with spectacular views of Loch Torridon surrounded by awe inspiring mountains. The dining every night was superb with very attentive but discreet service. The hotel has a private garden where they grow many of the vegetables and herbs used in the cooking. Every individual we encountered at the Torridon made a positive impression. I was impressed with the consistent high quality service all around. The feeling is a bit old world and some might consider it a tad stuffy but we were happy to be spoilt on this last leg of our trip. The whisky bar if out of this world. They boast a collection of over 350 whiskeys. While I am not a whisky drinker I also decided to indulge in the tasting (offered in library) and learnt more about whiskeys than I'll need to know. Needless to say my husband was thrilled with the whole experience. We learnt about several local top notch whiskeys we would otherwise not have known about or appreciated because they are not available internationally. The breakfast each morning was a wonderful sit down gracious affair. In terms of outdoor activities we limited ourselves to exploring trails recommended by the guide at the hotel. Since the property is immense there are quite a few hiking trails of varying lengths/difficulty. While I would have liked to go back and drive the Applecross my husband after having driven all these miles nixed the idea. And I agreed...the last two days were all about relaxing. We explored the adjacent village and café one day. Friendly service, cozy atmosphere, great views of the beach, excellent sandwiches, pastries and yummy cappuccino.
Sadly we checked out after two nights. The drive to Edingurgh was on major highways and not difficult. We returned the car and ended up staying at the Premium inn right across from our car rental in Sighthill. The inn is very well connected to city center by rail. Easy commute into the city for dinner and last minute shopping. The next morning we took the train in to the airport which was all very convenient.

Overall as mentioned before we had a memorable 20yr anniversary in Scotland. We were lucky with the weather for the most part and enjoyed the sights, hiking, history, dining, fantastic inns/hotels and breathtaking views particularly in the highlands.
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Old Aug 29th, 2017, 09:35 AM
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Sounds just lovely. I've always wanted to stay at the Torridon - haven't (yet)

years ago my ex and I ate there en route up to Poolewe from Skye -- back then it was a 'draughty old fashioned Victorian pile' but fell in love with it and put it on our 'wish list' anyway. Didn't make it back before we moved back to the States.

I've been back to the area since but just never had the opportunity to stay there. Adding to my wish list.

It certainly wasn't the posh place it is now.
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Old Aug 30th, 2017, 04:07 AM
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Janisj - I would recommend it. I didn't mention it before but our room was lovely as well. We didn't have much of a view but it didn't matter. It was very tastefully decorated, came with high quality bath products, nightly turndown service where they 'surprised' us with chocolates and/or some sort of relaxing facial/eye cream. Nice touch.
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Nice report! Thanks for sharing. Gives me some good ideas for next time.
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