Dates: 4th-8th May 2016
Duration: 4 nights / 5 days
- Spend five days developing your photography skills with Colin Prior
- Private en-suite accommodation at a four-star guest house in Ullapool
- Enjoy fresh local cuisine at the Ceilidh Place in Ullapool
- Climb StacPollaidh to capture dawn over Suilven and CulMor
- Tutorials and critique sessions with individual feedback on each participants work
- Workshop restricted to nine clients plus Colin and assistant
Easy straightforward hiking generally over good trails with no major ascents. The days are fairly leisurely and we spend about 6-8 hours outdoors. Terrain is mainly on paths or hill trails which may be muddy underfoot in places. Daily walks are mainly glens or coastal hikes with some ascents up to 450m (1500ft).
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD
Ardvreck Guest House is modern, spacious property with a large lounge area and which commands great views across Loch Broom to An Teallach. Bedrooms are located on the upper level and each guest will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities. Dinner is at The Ceilidh Place where the best seasonal produce from the Highlands is served. The restaurant has a ‘Fairtrade’ status and a policy of buying the best of local produce too. The restaurant offers an excellent choice of wines, beers and whiskies.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP:
- Four nights accommodation in a four-star guest house.
- Each client will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities.
- Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are included throughout.
- Personal tuition, critique sessions and tutorials.
- All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness.
Our base at Arvrek Guest House on the outskirts of Ullapool is perfectly situated for easy access to the Coigach and Assynt landscape.During the workshop there will be opportunities to shoot at dusk and dawn if conditions are suitable. Otherwise, we set off after breakfast for our chosen location – a journey that normally takes around one hour where we photograph throughout the morning, breaking for packed lunches.
In the afternoon we drive to another location where we can re-position for sunset, arriving back at our guest house around 5.30 p.m. If time permits there may be opportunities to critique some of the day’s images before heading out for dinner.During the course of the workshop there will be tutorials and a group critique session.
Below is a typical itinerary, which inevitably will change to take advantage of the optimum weather conditions on the day. The decision about the following days location is usually made the evening before when the most up-to-date weather forecasts have been studied.
Day 1 – Pickup and Torridon
Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 8.30a.m. on Wednesday morning. Inverness is a small station so it will be easy to identify Colin. On the final day of the workshop we will return you to Inverness Railway Station at 3.00p.m. allowing clients to connect with the rail services south.
After the group has met and subject to weather, we will head for Torridon where we will spend our first day, stopping to photograph Liathach and Loch Clair in Glen Torridon. After lunch we will drive to Loch Maree where we will have the opportunity to photograph Slioch from a variety of locations. We will depart around 3.30 p.m. for Ullapool following the coast road via Gairloch and Poolewe arriving at our guest house around 5.00 p.m.
Day 2 – Clachtoll and Point of Stoer
Today we will drive north to Clachtollwhere the white sandy bay gives way to a rocky foreshore. Beautifully rounded boulders composed of Torridonian sandstone are punctuated with those ofLewisian gneiss – the building block of the north-west Highlands. After lunch we will head for Stoer Head lighthouse and take a short walk across the moorland, which gives superb aspects back towards the lighthouse and the cliffs. On our return we will stop at a high-point which overlooks the mountains of Assynt and Coigach – Canisp, Suilven, CulMor, CulBeag, StacPollaidh and Ben MorCoigach can all be seen linearly on the horizon.
Day 3- StacPollaidh
An early rise for thepre-dawn climb of StacPollaidh. A well-maintained footpath winds its way up and takes around one hour to reach our location. Views from the top over Loch Sionascaig to Suilven and CulMor are spectacular and it is without doubt one of the best locations to witness a sunrise in Scotland. We will return for breakfast at 10.30a.m. and in the afternoon we depart for a moorland walk to a secluded beach where a variety of photographic subjects can be found.
Day 4 – Achnahaird Bay
After breakfast we depart for Achnahaird Bay where we will follow a path along the cliff-tops overlookingEnard Bay. Here the views across the sea towards the Assyntmountains create a spectacular backdrop – Suilven, CulMor, StacPollaidh and Ben MorCoigach punctuate the horizon with their enigmatic shapes. After lunch we will head to Achiltibuie where we can shoot the late evening sun over the Summer Isles before retiring to the Summer Isles Hotel for refreshments.
Day 5 – Dundonnell
On our final morning we will ascend a high point, which gives unbroken views towards An Teallach. The well-wooded area has stands of mature trees, which eventually give way, and the An Teallach Massif is revealed in its entirety. A 1.30 p.m. departure will facilitate an arrival at Inverness Station 3.00p.m. where the workshop will conclude.
This trip starts and finishes in Inverness. For train time-tables, costs and reservations follow these links:
Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrivals hall at Inverness Railway Station at 8.30a.m. on Wednesday.
At the end of the workshop on Sunday, we will return you to Inverness Railway Station at 3.00p.m.
The trip price is £1295 per person. Group size up to nine clients and this ensures that Colin can give a one-to-one tuition and a critique session.
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Transport to and from the workshop start/end points
- Travel insurance and personal equipment
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Alcohol and soft drinks, laundry
- Any other items not mentioned as included
RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
The ability to respond to Scotland’s changeable weather with appropriate clothing will enhance your enjoyment. The key is to bring comfortable clothing, which will maintain your body temperature under a variety of weather conditions.
If you are at all susceptible to the cold, a down jacket or windproof fleece is the most effective way to keep warm and can quickly change your mental outlook.
- Lightweight boots
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Hat for sun protection or warmth
- Casual clothes for evening wear
- Personal wash kit
- Head torch
- Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip salve
Carrying equipment for every eventuality is also counter-intuitive and you should avoid your experience outdoors being overshadowed by the weight of your bag – at the end of the day you are here to enjoy and not endure.
Cameras – Camera equipment is very much a personal choice and is dependant on individual preference, budget and experience. Whetheryou shoot with a 35mm DSLR or a mirror-less system is unimportant. What is important however is that you are familiar with your camera’s layout and menu structure and understand the differences between the shooting modes.
Camera bag – bring a camera bag that allows you to comfortably carry your equipment over rugged terrain. Backpacksdistribute the weight between your shoulders and hips making walking much easier than a bag with a shoulder strap and are normally protected against wind and rain.
Tripod – the ideal tripod needs to be light enough to carry but heavy enough to perform in winds. A tripod is essential for landscape photographyallowing camera settings to be used that would otherwise be impossible. A wide range of models are available from Manfrotto and Gitzo and for more advanced photographers, carbon fibre tripods offer a lighter weight solution but essentially do the same job as those made from aluminium.
Remote release– an indispensible accessory, which eradicatesvibrations when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
Lenses – again, lenses are dependant on personal choice, budget and also the subjects pursued by each photographer. For travel photography an excellent solution is to have two zoom lenses such as a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. With two lenses, a range of 24-200mm can be covered, which will account for 95% of your images. If you are interested in more intimate landscapes, a 100mm Macro lens opens up a wider range of possibilities.
Backup and storage – ensure that you have adequate memory cards and a means of backing up your work, either on a laptop, iPad or supplementary storage drive. Bringing your own laptop will allow you to see what you have shot each day and will facilitate critique sessions.
Spare batteries – batteries can be re-charged daily if necessary, however it makes sense to bring a spare battery to maximise your opportunities of taking photographs.
Lens cloth – a lens cloth is useful for removing rain or sea spray if it finds its way onto a lens.
HOW TO BOOK
We accept bookings online, by phone and post. Booking online is straight forward and enables us to confirm your reservation immediately. Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant Trip Dossier and our Booking Terms and Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for a trip, please contact us.
To book online, simply click the relevant link from the trip page on our website. You will then be asked to complete the online booking form and proceed to payment. All payments made are directly through Worldpay in a totally secure environment.
For online bookings we accept payment by Maestro, Visa Electron, Visa Debit and Solo debit cards or Visa/Mastercard/American Express credit cards. Please note that there is no charge for payment by debit card but a 2% surcharge for payment by credit card. A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 56 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required.
Should you prefer, you can call us with your reservation and card payment. This will enable us to confirm your place although, in all cases, we require a completed booking form (either online or by post) with details of all persons travelling. If booking by post, we accept all of the above payment methods plus cheque or bank transfer. If booking online we will confirm your booking immediately, including a copy of the Trip Dossier and an invoice for payment of the balance. If booking by any other method, we will confirm your booking within seven days of receipt.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation and curtailment and baggage cover. We work with and recommend Campbell Irvine Insurance whose policies are specially designed for adventure holidays and are underwritten by AXA Insurance.
Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.
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