Day 1 – Inverness, Torridon, Ullapool
Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 0830 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 1500, allowing clients to connect with the rail services south.
After the group has met, we will head for Torridon where we will spend the morning 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 1530 for Ullapool following the coast road via Gairloch and Poolewe, arriving at our Ardvrek House around 1730.
Day 2 – Clachtoll, Lochinver, Point of Stoer
Today we will drive north to Clachtoll where the white sandy bay gives way to a rocky foreshore. The beach is partially composed of beautiful boulders composed of Torridonian sandstone and Lewisian 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. If weather permits, we will continue on to the Old Man of Stoer. On our return we will stop at a high-point which overlooks the mountains of Assynt and Coigach – Canisp, Suilven, Cul Mor, Cul Beag, Stac Pollaidh and Ben Mor Coigach can all be seen linearly on the horizon.
Day 3 – Stac Pollaidh
An early rise for the pre-dawn climb of Stac Pollaidh. A well-maintained footpath winds its way up and takes around one hour to reach our location on the north slope. Views from the top, over Loch Sionascaig, to Suilven and Cul Mor are spectacular and it is, without doubt, one of the best locations in Scotland, to witness a sunrise. We will return to Ardvreck House for breakfast at 1030 and in the afternoon will depart for a moorland walk which takes us to a secluded beach overlooking Suilven.
Day 4 – Achnahaird Bay, Garvie Bay
After breakfast, we depart for Achnahaird Bay where we will follow a path along the cliff-tops overlooking Enard Bay. Here the views across the sea towards the Assynt mountains create a spectacular backdrop – Suilven, Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh and Ben Mor Coigach punctuate the horizon with their enigmatic shapes. After lunch, we will take a moorland walk to Garvie Bay where a variety of photographic opportunities await.
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 1300 departure will facilitate an arrival at Inverness Station around 1500 where the workshop will conclude.