Arriving in Glen Torridon for the first time is an unforgettable experience. As you round the bend at the head of the glen you are struck by the sight of Liathach rising over a kilometre in height above the sea with it’s steep rocky flanks and jagged summit ridges. These mountains look more like what you would expect to find in the Rockies or Alps than Scotland. At first the idea of running in this terrain seems foolish, but what you then discover is the incredible network of trails that span the high mountains like a web, weaving around the high ground and linking together the cols and glens in a network that is crying out to be explored. The rocky nature of the ground means that for the most part, these narrow single track trails give a perfect running surface and in places include large areas of exposed sandstone slabs.
This range of trails mean that we can adapt our itinerary to suit the group and weather conditions, so no two Torridon Explorer courses will ever be the same. As a guide here is a sample weekend course, but if you want more or less distance then just let us know.
Day 1 Coulin forest and Coire Lair to Annat
24km 830m ascent
Highest point 650m
Leaving Glen Torridon we head south into the Coulin estate on a well made road for a couple of kilometres before taking the single track path along the side of Loch Coulin. Leaving the estate we head west, gently climbing on a delightful winding trail aiming for the heart of the mountains. We will stop in Core Lair to wonder at the forces of nature that have crated huge wave patterns in the rock walls before arriving at our high point for the day.
From here the fun really begins, with 7km of the best flowing trail you will find anywhere in the mountains. A gentle descent angle, never too steep, allows you to open up and play with the many twists turns, steps and rock slabs as we drop down to the sea.
Day 2 Beinn Damh circuit
23km 630m ascent
Highest point 440 meters
A circular route that has a little bit of everything. This route starts in ancient pine forest with easy running on estate tracks along the loch shore. Once we are warmed up we head inland, joining the rough path that is squeezed between Loch Damh and the steep mountainside. This might mean wet feet in places but it is worth it as we rise gently on a grassy path to the head of Coire Roill. Another superb descent, this one is slightly more of a technical challenge. Not steep but with a bit more care needed to negotiate the rocky path and small drops. We will need to take a break here and enjoy the view around us, with high mountains on either side and the sea ahead. Saving the best for last we drop down a rollercoaster trail of perfect forest to pop out back at the start.
This two day package can be extended on demand and does not include accommodation or meals, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own. All guiding is included as is in course transport as the nature of trails in Torridon means that we are likely to do point-to point runs.
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If these dates don’t suit you please get in touch to arrange a bespoke course.
This trip is all about the adventure and we will find a pace that keeps the team together and allows time to enjoy our surroundings. The weekend will be two journeys through the mountains, with some nice running mixed with short steeper walking sections. A good level of mountain walking fitness along with a base of off road running experience up to steady 15km runs will help you to get the most out of the weekend.
We will be aiming for 2 full days ion trail running so we will have to be prepared to deal with everything that the mountains and the Scottish weather can throw us. Whilst we don’t want to be over burdened it is essential that every member of the team is carrying the correct equipment to deal with the unexpected. To ensure your safety the following kit list is therefore compulsory for each individual. Additional safety equipment will be carried by the guides.
2 tops - 2 thin thermal top and a long sleeved warmer layer
Long trousers - Running tights to be carried if running in shorts
Adequate footwear - Fell shoes or trail shoes only
Waterproofs - Jacket with long sleeves and hood and waterproof or pertex overtrousers
Head torch - light weight e.g Petzl e-lite
Survival bag - lightweight survival bag, Blizzard blanket recommended
Maps will be provided
Food - Enough lunch and snacks to fuel a full day in the mountains
First aid kit – the guides will be carrying emergency first aid supplies but if you can have a small personal kit with blister pack/compeed and any personal medication.
If you have any questions or need advice about any of the equipment please just ask.
We will meet at the Torridon Inn on Saturday morning.
Torridon is not well served by public transport, so if you are struggling to arrange something please get in touch to discuss options.
Torridon has a wide variety of accommodation options. This local website has all the information stevecarter.com