November 2018. Ullapool to Lochinver. STUNNING NORTHWEST SCOTLAND

When I moved up to Scotland in 2004 one of the first areas I wanted to photograph was the spectacular landscapes just North of the town of Ullapool. Living in Argyll this meant for a substantial journey up the coast, through Fort William, all the way up the Great Glen to Inverness and then out West to Loch Broom. A journey of 180 miles when there was a wealth of amazing mountain and coastal scenery right on my doorstep! But there was something about the landscape of the far Northwest that captured my imagination. The wide open, bleak, rugged moorland studded with iconic hills and mountains, the interplay of light and shadow, the fast changing weather and a sense of very little recent human activity. Ullapool is the largest settlement in the area providing safe harbour for fishing vessels and a embarking point for those heading out to Lewis and Harris. Between Ullapool and Lochinver, some 55 mins away by car there are just a few small settlements ( Elphin, Inchnadamph) with a typical mix of newer, white cottages and dark stone barns/blackhouses. This road forms the Eastern border of an area of sensational hills and coastline where norse names abound following centuries of Viking occupation.

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Passage of Light, Loch Broom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The West of this land area is bordered by superb coastline with wide sand or shingle beaches, sheltered bays flanked by rocky headlands and tremendous views both out across the sea lochs to Torridon and inland to the superb mountain horizon of the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve. Major peaks include Stac Pollaidh, Cul Mor and Cul Beag with Suilven, Canisp and Quinag lying to the North of the area.

Balls, Polbain

Balls, Polbain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our visit we shall visit two or three locations per day with repeat visit to some of our favourites to make images in a variety of conditions. These will include Achnahaird Bay, Knockan Crag, Lochs Lurgainn, Assynt, Sionasgaig ( Boat Bay), Ardmair Bay, Inverkirkaig, Rhue, Lael Woodlands, Falls of Measach to name but a few.

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Ardmair Bay, Ullapool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This tour will not involve much in the way of strenuous walking but we will be crossing wet and uneven ground so stout footwear will be essential ( wellies useful for our coastal visits). We will be visiting in March and this could mean anything from +20  to -10 degrees the way the weather has been behaving in recent years. In my experience there is a better chance of seeing snow on the hills in March than in December in Scotland which could make for some wonderful photography looking back from the beaches. Please bring warm, waterproof, layered clothing to cope with whatever the weather decides to throw at us.

Dead wood, Loch Droma

Dead wood, Loch Droma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dawn light, Loch Assynt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loch Broom from Culnacraig

Loch Broom from Culnacraig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunstripe, Stac Polaidh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour cost £945.00 which includes five nights full board accommodation, five full days of guiding and tuition starting on  the Monday morning and all transport for the duration of the tour. This workshop will begin with a relaxed get together on the Sunday evening and will see us ready to head out for our first dawn shoot on the Monday morning.

Maximum group size 8. Fully Booked.

 

 

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Assynt