The itinerary may be subject to change to suit weather conditions on the day.
Day 1 – Pickup and Glen Nevis
Colin will meet you within Glasgow Central Station at 0900. After the group has met, we will drive to the Holly Tree Hotel and check in. After lunch, we will head north into Glen Nevis where we will spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding River Nevis and the adjacent woodland which covers the lower slopes of the Mamore Range. If the weather permits, we will reposition for sunset.
Day 2 – Adrnamurchan peninsula
After an early breakfast we cross Loch Linnhe, by way of the Corran Ferry, onto the Ardnamurchan peninsula and head to the first of two Atlantic oakwood locations. Under the forest canopy, vibrant green mosses carpet the forest floor and the tree trunks which are sustained by a high level of ‘oceanicity’ – a combination of high humidity and cloud cover which comes from the proximity to the Gulf Stream.
Day 3 – Ardnamuruchan peninsula
We will retrace yesterday’s journey via the Corran Ferry and drive to Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the British mainland where the lighthouse, built in 1849 by Alan Stevenson, is located. From there we will travel to Sanna Bay, renowned for its remoteness, white shell sand dunes, clear aquamarine seas and its views to the Inner Hebrides.
Day 4 – Morvern peninsula
After an early breakfast we will make our final crossing to Ardgour and drive to the Morvern peninsula. Here we will visit a location, where hazel, ash, rowan and birch, intermingle with oak to form an autumnal mosaic, which if conditions permit is reflected on the surface of the loch. Our second location takes us to a more open forest where a blend on younger oaks are punctuated with a few old matriarchs, some 350 years old, which stand in the landscape like a monument to time. We will return to the Holly Tree and prepare for a group critique.
Day 5 – Sutherland’s Grove
After breakfast we will check out of the Holly Tree and drive south to Sutherland’s Grove where a wooded beech gorge has been carved out by the Abhainn Teithil burn in a dramatic series of waterfalls. After lunch at 1300, we will arrive back at Glasgow Central at 1500 where the workshop will conclude.