Loch Torridon

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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.

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