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ASSYNT, COIGACH AND TORRIDON

April 28 - May 2

£1550
  • TRIP AT A GLANCE

    • Dates: 28 April – 2 May
    • Duration: 4 nights / 5 days
    • Location: Ullapool
    • Start/Finishes: Inverness
    • Comfort: Classic
    • Grading: Green
    • Price: £1550

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Four nights accommodation in the Holly Tree Hotel.
  • Private accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals, which includes three courses from the à la carte menu.
  • Personal tuition, tutorials and critique session.
  • All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Glasgow.

GRADING: GREEN

Green graded workshops are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can often be muddy and rough in places.

ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

Ardvreck House is modern, spacious property with 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 at Ardvreck House
  • Each client will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities
  • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals, which includes three courses from the à la carte menu.
  • Personal tuition, critique session and tutorial
  • All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness

TRIP DETAILS

The particular feature about the mountains in this north-western world is their individuality. The most famous lie north, such as the jagged Quinag and the ancient mass of Ben More Assynt, with Canisp and Suilven beyond Inchnadamph. Suilven is a remarkable mountain, and anyone with a taste for geology could spend a few days here in a dream of Lewiswian gneiss, Cambrian quartzite, and Torridonian sandstone.

Overlooking An Teallach, our base at Arvreck House is perfectly situated to access the landscapes of Assynt and Coigach. Locations have been carefully chosen to provide a blend of landscapes and seascapes which often bestow ethereal beauty and provide the photographer with rare opportunities. During the course of the workshop, there will be tutorials and a group critique session.

TRIP ITINERARY

The order of the itinerary below may change to maximise photograhic opportunities and will be reviewed each evening when we have seen the latest weather forecast. 

Day 1 – Inverness, Torridon, Ullapool

Colin will meet you inside the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 08:30 on Tuesday morning. Inverness is a small station so it will be easy to identify Colin. On the Saturday, we will return to the station at 15:00.

When everyone has arrived, we will drive to Kinlochewe and spend the morning in Glen Torridon. After lunch, we will continue on to Loch Maree where we will have the opportunity to photograph Slioch from a variety of locations. We will depart at 15:30 for Ullapool following the coast road via, Gairloch and Poolewe, to arrive at Ardvrek House around 17:15.

 

Day 2 – Bay of Clachtoll and Point of Stoer

Today we will drive north along Loch Assynt to the Bay of Clachtoll where a rocky foreshore gives way to a white sandy beach. Pink boulders of Torridonian sandstone can be found jaxtaposed alongside striated greenish rocks of Lewisian gneiss – the building block of the north-west Highlands. Our second location takes us to Stoer Head Lighthouse where a short walk across the moorland, gives superb views back towards the  seacliffs and lighthouse. If weather permits, we will continue out  to the Old Man of Stoer – an impressive sandstone sea stack. On our return journey, we will stop at a high-point overlooking the mountains of Assynt – Canisp, Suilven, Cul Mor, Cul Beag, Stac Pollaidh and Ben Mor Coigach can all be seen, linearly, on the horizon.

 

Day 3 – Garvie Bay and Lochinver

After breakfast, we will watch a tutorial designed to improve your photographic skills, after which we will depart for Garvie Bay. A 45 minute moorland walk takes us to a seculded bay where Suilven creates the perfect backdrop. We will return to the vehicle and follow the coast road to Lochinver, stopping enroute, to capture the lochans and mountains of the Assynt landscape.

 

Day 4 – Achnahaird Bay

Our journery today will take us down the Achiltibuie road to Achnahiard Bay where we will follow a moorland  path north-west along the cliff-tops which overlooks Enard Bay. From an elevated perspective, the mountains of Assynt and Coigach stretch out in a panorama creating a visual summary in what is one of the most inspiring views in Scotland. We will return around 15:00 to prepare for the group critique

 

Day 5 – Dundonnell

After breakfast we will check out of Ardvreck House and drive to Dundonnell. Here, if conditions permit, there is the opportunity to climb to a high point which overlooks An Teallach. Alternatively, there are wooded areas that follow the River Dundonnell which falls in a series of waterfalls to its eastuary at Little Loch Broom. After lunch at 13:00, we will depart for Inverness Station where we will arrive at 15:00 where the workshop will conclude.

Am Buachaille, Point of Stoer, Sutherland, Scotland.
GETTING THERE

This trip starts and finishes in Inverness. For train time-tables, costs and reservations follow these links:

MEETING INSTRUCTIONS

Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrivals hall at Inverness Railway Station at 08:30 on Tuesday. On Saturday, we will return you to the station at 15:00.

TRIP PRICING

The trip price is £1550 per person

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
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

Lightweight boots or wellies

Waterproof jacket and trousers

Hat for sun protection or warmth

Casual clothes for evening wear

Personal wash kit

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Camera bag – bring a camera bag that allows you to comfortably carry your equipment over rugged terrain. Backpacks distribute the weight between your shoulders and hips making walking much easier than a bag with a shoulder strap and are protected from wind and rain.

Tripod – the ideal tripod needs to be light enough to carry comfortably but sufficiently robust to be used in winds. A tripod engenders a more contemplative approach to photography and allows the use of slower shutters speeds. 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.

Lenses – like cameras, these come down to personal choice and ultimately will be determined by the type of subject matter normally pursued. Many photographers choose two zoom lenses; a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm, which normally account for 90-95% of the images taken. Another popular combination is 24-105mm and 100-400mm. Some photographers prefer to work with prime lenses which can offer improved performance at their designated focal lengths, however, the penalty is increased weight.

If macro or photographing details within the landscape appeals to you then a 90 or 100mm Macro lens is ideal.

Filters – The most commonly used filters in digital photography are graduated neutral density filters. These differ from neutral density filters in that they allow you to control contrast locally. They come in a variety of  gradations and in my experience, the most useful is a 0.6 soft and 0.6 hard. There are now many brands of graduated filters available, however, those manufactured by Lee Filters exhibit excellent neutrality. They also offer a professional filter holder which allows the gradation to be moved within the holder, relative to the horizon.

Backup and storage – Ensure that you have adequate memory cards and ideally a means of backing up your work, either to a laptop or iPad. This will also allow you to see what you have shot each day and will facilitate feedback on your images.

Remote release – essential to eradicate camera shake when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

Lens cloth – a lens cloth is useful for removing rain.

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.

INSURANCE

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.

Details

Start:
April 28
End:
May 2
Cost:
£1550

Venue

Ardvreck House
Ullapool
Wester Ross, Ross-shire IV26 2TH United Kingdom
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Phone:
01854 612028
Website:
www.ardvreckhouse.com

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