Dundonnell and Coigach
After the group has assembled at Inverness Station, we’ll will head north for Dundonnell where we’ll spend the morning. A path leads to a high point which overlooks the An Teallach massif and creates one of the most dramatic viewpoints of the mountain. We’ll then head to Ullapool for lunch and continue north, stopping at a variety of locations in the Coigach and Assynt landscape, arriving at the Eddrachillies Hotel around 1700.
Oldshoremore and Cape Wrath (ferry crossing and minibus included)
Lying between moorland and sea, Oldshoremore has one of the largest and least disturbed areas of machair on the mainland. Rich in lime, the shell-sand grassland supports a wide variety of wildflowers, which include heath harebells, bluebells and spotted orchids whilst providing ideal habitat of birds such as the skylark, twite and oystercatcher. Following Oldshoremore, we will head north to visit Cape Wrath, where the Lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson in 1828, stands on the most north-westerly tip of the Scottish mainland. We cross the Kyle of Durness by ferry boat and then travel twelve miles by minibus along a track to the lighthouse.
Sandwood Bay and Am Bauchaille
Lying at the foot of an amphitheatre backed by Torridonian sandstone cliffs, the colour and clarity of the sea is reflected by the pristine sand beaches. In the south-west stands the eroded sea stack of Am Buachaille, which rises fifty metres and becomes a citadel for nesting fulmars, kittiwakes and guillemots from May through to July. A four-mile walk over flat moorland will take us from the car park at Blairmore to the beach.
Loch Arkle, Loch Loyal and Kyle of Tongue
Today we drive south-east from Laxford Bridge where Foinaven and Arkle dominate the Reay Forest. We’ll explore around the lochs on their lower slopes then continue along Loch Shin to Lairg where we will head north to Loch Loyal and Ben loyal – considered by many to be the perfect Scottish mountain. From the village of Tongue, we will return following the coastal road back to our hotel.
Handa Island and Assynt (ferry included)
A short boat trip from Scourie will take us to the Handa Island where during the summer months over 100,000 seabirds breed on the Torridonian sandstone sea cliffs. We’ll explore the island during the morning and in the afternoon head south to Lochinver and take the coastal route through the Assynt landscape stopping to photograph Suilven, Cul Mor and Stac Pollaidh before arriving at Achnahaird Bay where we’ll follow the coastal path along the cliffs tops where we can enjoy the superb views across Enard Bay back to the mountains.
Point of Stoer
Having checked out from our Hotel, we will drive to the Stoer Head Lighthouse which is another of Stevenson’s constructions. Built in 1870, it stands high on a promontory overlooking the Minch. We’ll follow the high ground which affords some superb views back across the sea to isolate the lighthouse on the cliff top. We’ll then head out across the moorland path to photograph Am Buachaille which stands at the south-east of Sandwood Bay. We’ll depart at 1230 to arrive at Inverness around 1445 where the workshop will conclude.