Torridon  Ross and Cromarty


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Torridon like this:

Torridon, Loch, a large sea-loch of Applecross parish, W Ross-shire, striking 75/8miles south-eastward -to the entrance of Loch Shieldaig, and then 6 miles eastward to the foot of Glen Torridon. It measures 4½ miles across the entrance, contracts near Shieldaig to 3 furlongs, and afterwards, in Upper Loch Torridon, attains a maximum width of17/8mile. ...

- Of the bold steep mountains surrounding it, the loftiest are Liathach (3456 feet), 23/8miles NE of the head of the Upper Loch, and Beinn Alligin (3232), 2½ miles from its northern shore. The Queen drove over from Loch Maree on 15 Sept. 1877, and Upper Loch Torridon she describes as ` almost landlocked and very pretty.. To the W are the hills of Skye, rising above the lower purple ones which close in the loch. To the S are Applecross and the high mountain of Beinn Damh (2958 feet), with, in the distance north-eastward, the white peaks of Liathach.. An old man, very tottery, passed where I was sketching, and I asked the Duchess of Roxburghe to speak to him; he seemed strange, said he had come from America and was going to England, and thought Torridon very ugly! ' (More Leaves, 1884). At the head of the Loch, 10 miles WSW of Kinlochewe, is the tiny hamlet of Torridon, where are a small inn, a post office, with money order and savings' bank departments, and a new public school. Torridon House, 2 miles WNW, on the northern shore of the Upper Loch, is a fine mansion, built by Duncan Darroch, Esq. of Gourock, who purchased the estate in 1872 for £63,000. It had been sold in 1767 for £1727 (i.e., for little more than 1s. an acre), and in 1836 for £12,150; and its increased value was due to the change from sheep to deer.—Ord. Sur., shs. 81, 91, 82, 1881-82.

Torridon through time

Torridon is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Torridon itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Torridon, in Highland and Ross and Cromarty | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th June 2021

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