Even on a hillwalking holiday you might not want to make every walk a big one, and there's lots to be said for rest days and poor-weather alternatives. Of the many fantastic low-level options around Applecross and Torridon, An Aird stands out as a highlight. Jutting into Loch Torridon, this rugged little peninsula combines impressive mountain views and mostly easy walking, offering a lovely circuit from the postcard-perfect village of Shieldaig.
This is a lovely little walk, which I have done a number of times. A few observations:
At the junction marked as point 2, there is an option to follow the track right, instead of left. The two paths converge a little later, although the path that joins them is not shown on the OS map.
The house at the north end of the peninsula is lived in by a very interesting chap who has been there off-grid for over 20 years. If he's around, it's well worth stopping for a chat.
Watch out for the white-tailed eagles. There is usually a pair nesting on Shieldaig island, and the birds are often seen overhead as one walks round the peninsula. There are good viewing points a few hundred yards past the school.
It's not a very exacting walk, so one doesn't exactly earn the coffee and cake, but Nanny's, at the south end of the village, is a good place to stop for refreshments.