Scotober is coming. Climb hills ablaze with colour. Watch rutting stags battle. Dine in time with the season on just-picked vegetables, fresh fish and succulent game. Disconnect from devices and explore the big outdoors.

Head to the Highlands this autumn for a local festival celebrating the wilderness, Scottish produce and local music. Go foraging with down to earth chef Ross Stovold or book a new stargazing experience packaged with the best of luxurious Scottish hospitality.

The Torridon Resort in Wester Ross beckons you to enjoy Scotober and all this golden season has to offer.

The Torridon Mountain & Sea Festival – is back for its third year on 27-30 September.

Amidst a palette of autumn colours sweeping across the hills and heaths, try sea kayaking, munro bagging, mountain biking or landscape photography with experts; sample Scottish ales from the Isle of Skye Brewery, An Teallach Ale Company and Cairngorm; dance to the messed-up music of the Mystic Shoes, listen to the texture-rich rhythms of Ho-Ro, and rock to the fiery and passionate Schiehallion. Recharge throughout with hearty Scottish fare at The Torridon Inn.

The Torridon Mountain & Sea Festival package costs £187.50pp (two sharing) and includes minimum two nights’ accommodation at The Torridon Inn, daily breakfast, packed lunches and one wilderness activity. #TorridonMSF

The Down to Earth Chef Ross Stovold

“To have the natural larder of Scotland on your doorstep is humbling” says Ross Stovold, head chef at 3 acclaimed 1887, The Torridon. It is this respect for local ingredients that brings out his unique talent for producing dishes that are incredibly fresh and simple, yet utterly intense in flavour.

Ross strives to deliver dining experiences with minimal manipulation. A natural dining experience that is in rhythm with the changeable climate in the North West Highlands. Daily-changing menus led by farmers, growers, hunters and fisherman. There are no set recipes, dishes or menus at The Torridon, just exquisite plates of nature.

Autumnal innovative dishes can include ‘baked carrot, oyster, nasturtium, pickled strawberries’, ‘hake, celeriac, soused turnip and buttermilk hollandaise’ or ‘goosenargh duck, butternut squash, oyster mushroom, capers’. Desserts can include ‘ginger sponge, whipped custard, rhubarb, yoghurt sorbet’ or ‘brown butter cake, grilled plum, nutmeg, oats.’

Celestial luxury – a new two-night astronomy experience, 9 & 10 November, with local astronomer Stephen Mackintosh.

Suitable for beginners, amateurs and aficionados, Stephen will share a wealth of knowledge about the night sky during a stargazing lecture in The Torridon Hotel, two stargazing excursions and post-excursion Q&As.

Combine this eye-opening experience with world-class seven-course tasting menus in 1887, The Torridon Hotel’s highly-acclaimed restaurant.

Treat your palette further with a tipple of Arcturus, The Torridon’s new gin distilled with foraged local botanicals from the surrounding land, sea and mountains. Arcturus takes its name from a giant red star that is around 3 billion years old. According to mythology, hinds are only able to conceive with the rising of Arcturus. Read more about the star Arcturus in a blog written by Stephen Mackintosh.

Costs £1,511 total, £755.50 per person (two sharing) including dinner on both nights, stargazing lecture, two excursions, Q&As, daily breakfast, opulent accommodation with spectacular views, gin afternoon tea, complimentary images and a bottle of Arcturus gin. Minimum three couples, book by 26 October.


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