Spending the night in a snow hole or a day climbing a sheer ice face are just two of the activities which feature in the Torridon Winter Walking Festival in March. Walkers will be able to join some of the most highly qualified mountaineering guides in the UK in some of the most stunning snowy winter wilderness in the country to take part in one of Scotland’s ultimate winter adventures. The three day Torridon Winter Walking Festival is organised by Torridon Activities, and runs from Saturday, 3rd – Monday, 5th March, 2012, when ice axe arrest, walking in crampons and avalanche awareness are a given; there is a Winter Skills Day for those not already confident and in the know.
The mountains featuring in the Torridon Winter Walking Festival’s programme contribute to some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe – Beinn Eighe, Liathach, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Beinn Alligin and Beinn na h-Eaglaise – and require not only stamina and fitness to conquer in both summer and winter conditions, but also an introductory lesson in Gaelic pronunciation at the very least (included).
As the high level walks are aimed at people who are used to the mountain environment, they require a reasonable level of fitness. The walks take in wild places, don’t necessarily follow footpaths, and conditions underfoot coupled with the terrain dictate that the walks are of a medium to strenuous nature. The rewards, on the other hand, are of spectacular uninterrupted views over a stunning Highland landscape bathed in a winter freeze. Low level walks also feature on the Festival programme, and follow estate roads and footpaths passing through frozen glens and past frozen lochans without the commitment of a hill climb.
There are plenty of accommodation options in the area – many listed on the Festival’s website – ranging from youth hostels, B&Bs and guest houses to self-catering, inns and hotels.
For further information on the Torridon Winter Walking Festival, to book a place on one of the walks, to find out more about the guides, the routes and the accommodation, check out www.thetorridon.com/activities/walking-festival.