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.