Activities at Ben Damph
Ben Damph Estate has a lot to offer those who enjoy the outdoors. With 14,500 acres of land, it contains an awe-inspiring mixture of magnificent mountains and glens, sea lochs and inland lochs, with views constantly changing colour and mood.
Walking & Climbing on the Estate
There are endless opportunities for walking at Ben Damph, from a pleasant leisurely stroll to an arduous all-day hike, or challenging climbs needing good equipment and mountaineering skills.
The Estate contains extensive footpaths laid down in the 19th century for the deer ponies. They pass through the pine forest (source of the huge timbers from which the Log House was built), via waterfalls to inland lochans and the Torridon sandstone interior.
Walking on the estate is enough to fill the most vigorous walker's week. The proximity to mountains such as Liathach, Ben Alligin and Ben Eighe provide 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) and is the only munro. In the foreground is Lochan Eoin, the haunt of both black-throated and red-throated divers. To climb Maol Chean Dearg by an easy route would take most of a day.
Ben Damph itself is also a spectacular and challenging climb, rising to 2,960 feet, just a few feet off munro height. Once at the top, there's a two-mile ridge walk comparable to all the more frequently visited munros.
For river walks there is the river Thrail (estate water), which runs through the estate into the river Torridon (the Thrail House is situated next to the river). There is also the river Balgy (not estate water) that runs from Loch Damph to the sea just west of the estate boundary (the New Lodge is situated half a mile from the Balgy). Both these rivers are very pretty with many waterfalls.
As well as everything the estate has to offer, there are many historic sites, museums, gardens, craft and visitor centres in the surrounding Torridon area.