Shieldaig Peninsula, Torridon

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This is a splendid family walk in Wester Ross, on the south shore of Loch Torridon, giving beautiful views all around. It's a circular walk, beginning in the charming little village of Shieldaig and exploring the Shieldaig Peninsula. The paths are mostly on heather moor, with short sections in little copses of birch in sheltered hollows. Features seen on the west coast of the peninsula include cliffs, cliff caves and fossil cliffs cut at a former sea level; the east is more sheltered and has shingle beaches and a fish farm. The whole is dominated by the ring of Torridon Mountains: Ben Alligin, Ben Dearg, Liathach, Ben Shieldaig and Ben Damph. There are great views.

There are sheep on the peninsula so you will know what to do re your dog. Boots are advised, since the paths have rough bits. Worth noting is, wherever you see a faint track leaving the main path and leading to a nearby knoll, it's a guarantee of a great view; this applies especially on the west coast.

Refreshments, toilets and picnic sites are in Shieldaig, where there is also a small, basic caravan and campsite.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Wester Ross


Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Moor, Pub, Restaurant, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
6/27/2011 - Ann Ball

I did this walk end June 2011 with some of family. Although a lovely walk with outstanding views there are several sections which are quite tough and involve a bit of scrambling, particularly the way down the cliff at point 10/11. In fact the path identified in the walk guide (11) seems to have been replaced with one to the right not the left. It is marked with white paint arrows, but is a very steep path and a bit of a struggle for anyone not so nimble or young. There are a couple of other areas that are also a bit tricky, although fine if you are young and fit!