Upper Loch Torridon, Wester Ross, Scotland

Loch Torridon (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Thoirbheartan) is a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland in the Northwest Highlands. The loch was created by glacial processes and is in total around 15 miles (25 km) long. It has two sections: Upper Loch Torridon to landward, east of Rubha na h-Airde Ghlaise, at which point it joins Loch Sheildaig; and the main western section of Loch Torridon proper. Loch a’ Chracaich and Loch Beag are small inlets on the southern shores of the outer Loch, which joins the Inner Sound between the headlands of Rubha na Fearna to the south and Red Point to the north.

Wester Ross (Scottish Gaelic: Taobh Siar Rois) is a loosely defined area in the North West Highlands of Scotland and a part of Ross and Cromarty. It contains a number of villages on its west coast, including:

Lochcarron
Applecross
Shieldaig
Torridon
Kinlochewe (inland)
Gairloch
Poolewe
Aultbea
Laide
Ullapool
Achiltibuie

Wester Ross is geographically regarded as the western watershed of Ross-shire, but administrative and political boundaries diverge from this and have been subject to several changes and inconsistencies.

Wester Ross is a popular scenic tourism destination, although the level of this has declined considerably since the 1970s. Tourism still forms a major part of the economic activity of the area, particularly with the dramatic declines in fishing over the same period.

Wester Ross is home to a number of scenic spots including Loch Maree, Inverewe Garden, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Glen Docherty and Bealach na Ba. It is also known for various mountains in the area.

Upper Loch Torridon, Wester Ross, Scotland

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