We are indebted to the Scottish YHA (photo above) for allowing to make our base in the Torridon Youth Hostel for over 40 years. However, working out of a large cupboard is clearly not appropriate for a modern mountain rescue team. In fact we probably have the smallest base of any team in Scotland.
We are fortunate that the National Trust for Scotland has made available to us an ideal site, at the foot of our most spectacular mountain, Liathach, next to the Loch Torridon Community Centre and the Torridon Medical Centre (see plan below).
Torridon Mountain Rescue Team was delighted to receive a cheque for £50,000 from energy company Innogy on 7 September 2017 at the inauguration of their Grudie hydro power scheme. Combined with the major funding already allocated to us by St John Scotland, grants from a range of bodies such as the Lochluichart Community Trust and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, and donations and sponsorships from a wide range of generous individuals (not forgetting team members’ own tremendous efforts), we are now able to proceed to construction of our new search and rescue centre.
Thank you to St John Scotland, regular supporters of Scottish Mountain Rescue, for providing the major funding to enable our new base project. Many thanks again to Innogy. And thank you to all our donors large and small, from across the local area, the UK and worldwide, for all your generosity. It is very much appreciated by all of us at Torridon Mountain Rescue Team.
Our contractor plans to start on site over the winter months. Weather permitting we hope that our much needed new rescue center will be operational by Autumn, 2018.
Artists’s impression of new base