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Torridon Explorer

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 its 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 soon 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.

If you’re looking for an exciting trail running adventure in one of Scotland’s most magical places, the Torridon Explorer is the one for you!

“Fantastic, fun weekend on the trails in Torridon. Perfect routes for the weather and the group. Knowledgeable and caring guides who made sure that everyone was enjoying the experience and the challenge.” - Avril


What to expect

This range of trails in the Torridon area means that we can adapt our itinerary to suit the group and weather conditions, so no two Torridon Explorer courses will ever be the same, but we will usually run a longer route on the Saturday and a slightly shorter course on the Sunday. 

As a guide here is a sample weekend course;

Day 1 Coulin forest and Coire Lair to Annat 

27km 900m 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. IMG_2633

This two day package does not include accommodation or meals, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own. All guiding is included. The nature of trails in Torridon means that we are likely to do point-to point runs so we may share transport within the group. 

2024 dates

Date Price Spaces Booking Your guide
10&11 August £115 Places available Book now Jamie

Accommodation package option. Add two nights accommodation (Friday & Saturday) at the Torridon Hostel to your booking for just £80. This will be in a shared, single sex, 4 bed room with other members of the Torridon Explorer team. 

If you can't wait please get in touch to arrange a bespoke course.

Experience and fitness

The terrain in Torridon is spectacular but rough so some experience of off-road running on rocky ground is essential.

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 will help you to get the most out of the weekend. You should be comfortable running a steady 25km. 


If you have any questions about your fitness please get in touch to discuss your options. 


Kit you will need

Please refer to our guidance on Essential kit for trail running safely.

We will be aiming for 2 full days of 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.

Waterproof jacket (with taped or welded seams and a hood)

We recommend:

Montane Spine Waterproof Jacket (for men)
Montane Spine Waterproof Jacket (for women)

Waterproof trousers (with taped or welded seams)

We recommend:

Montane Minimus Waterproof Pants (for men)
Montane Minimus Waterproof Pants (for women)

Running vest

We recommend:

Montane Gecko VP 5+ (unisex)

Spare* synthetic insulated upper layer

*We recommend carrying approximately 300g of synthetically insulated upper layers.

We recommend:
Montane Men's Fireball Lite 360g
Montane Women's Fireball Lite 320g

Hat and gloves suitable for the weather conditions
For cold conditions, we recommend:

Montane Prism Mitt
Montane Via Stretch Beanie

For mild/warm conditions, we recommend: 

Montane VIA Trail Gloves

Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra Waterproof Cap (unisex)


We recommend:

Black Diamond SPOT 400-R  

Survival bag 

We recommend:

Lifesystems Light And Dry Thermal Bivi Bag


Adequate footwear - Fell trail shoes only

We recommend:

Inov8 TRAILFLY G 270 V2
Inov8 Roclite G 275   

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.

Midge net.

If you have any questions or need advice about any of the equipment please just ask.

Getting here & Timings

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.


We will meet on both mornings at 10am. Depending on the route we would expect to finish around 2 or 3 pm.


Accommodation package available 

Two nights (Friday and Saturday) accommodation in a shared room at the Torridon Hostel for just £80.

This will be a single sex room shared with up to 4 other members of our Torridon Explorer team. This can be added online when making your booking. 

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