"Scotland is packed full of beautiful places but Torridon is the absolute jewel in the crown."
Our Conservation Week program will be returning to the beautiful 14,500 acre Ben Damph Estate. Situated in Torridon in the north west of Scotland, this area of outstanding natural beauty is glittered with breathtaking sea lochs and majestic mountains. Its combination of rock and water, changing seasons and moods, make this an awe-inspiring place to visit and a paradise for walkers.
The privately owned Estate has a large area of woodland and land that has been overgrown by invasive non-native rhododendron. The group's task will be to rescue the choked trees and restore the natural habitat by cutting down and removing as much of the rhododendron as possible. This can be hard work, with plenty of sawing and lopping, so a decent level of fitness is required. Other tasks may include erecting tree guards to protect broadleaves from overgrazing.
The Ben Damph Log House is a handcrafted construction made entirely of 100 year-old Scots pine, Douglas fir and European larch, sourced from the Estate. The spacious accommodation is spread over two floors and comfortably sleeps 12 people. It has a terrace overlooking the entire sweep of Loch Torridon, with Ben Alligin behind.
The house has a biomass boiler installed, fed with rhododendron wood, which makes the house toasty warm. It also heats up water for the wooden hot tub, which is handmade and is located on the verandah.
Sleeping bag not required.
Ben Damph Estate has a lot to offer those who enjoy the outdoors. There are endless opportunities for walking, from a pleasant leisurely stroll by the river to an arduous all-day hike. The proximity to mountains such as Liathach, Ben Alligin and Ben Eighe provides an additional supply of Scotland's most famous climbs. Maol Chean Dearg is the highest peak on the Estate and at 933 metres (3,060 feet) is the only Munro.
Only a few hundred yards from the Log House, a resident family of otters can be seen. Seals and porpoises are commonly spied in Upper Loch Torridon, golden eagles are frequently observed soaring high overhead and occasionally the visitor is privileged by a glimpse of a white-tailed eagle.
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