Torridon is the archetypal west coast range, and if you like your scenery on an epic scale it's unequalled. Rising over tidal Loch Torridon and the lochan-pitted hinterland beyond, each mountain stands proud of its neighbours, unique and individual. Each takes the form of a massif, with multiple summits and sharp-chiselled ridges, gouged out by great corries and walled with huge terraces. Liathach is the best and beastliest of them, a dark satanic cathedral of ragged crests and bristling crags, dominating its surroundings and offering few lines of easy access. The full traverse rates as one of the great ridge routes of Scotland, a challenging and exciting walk with options to indulge in some top quality mid-grade scrambling.
Meall a' Ghiubhais
14 - 557 m | 5.7 km
Rising from the forested shores of Loch Maree, arguably Scotland's best loch, this interesting and accessible Corbett offers stunning views of the nearby Torridon and Fisherfield hills. Start in Coille na Glas-leitire, a thriving Scots pine wood and a showpiece of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (established in 1951 - Britain's first). Running from the loch up through the woods to a rocky shoulder at about half height, the circular 'Mountain Trail' gives the most logical access route. Though it's billed as one of the only waymarked mountain paths in the country this doesn't amount to much more than the occasional 'interpretive' cairn, and the route is as rough underfoot as any other in the area. From the lochan-studded moonscape at the trail's high point it's a more or less path-free slog to the mountain's twin summits. Descend via the other half of the Mountain Trail loop for the sake of variety.
Beinn Alligin Traverse
39 - 983 m | 10.6 km
One of the true jewels of the north west, Beinn Alligin gives a stunning scrambly horseshoe that takes in two Munros and some exciting ground on the famous Horns of Na Rathanan. The day proves less tricky than the traverse of nearby Liathach, but it's equal in quality and perhaps even better for views. With Torridon's incomparable mountains rising all around you, there can't be many better hill walks in Scotland.
The Mighty Slioch
10 - 978 m | 12.9 km
Seen from across Loch Maree Slioch is one of the great spectacles of the Northwest Highlands, a lone sandstone molar set in a jawbone of gneiss. Fissured crags ring three sides of the monolith, rising to a striking sawn-off summit plateau; only the southeast flank offers a hands-free line of weakness. With a long approach through pretty woods, and arguably some of the best summit views in Scotland at the end of it, this route is a real gem.