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      Assynt and Coigach

      18 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 16th Oct | 28th Apr Duration: 4 night(s)

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      Trip created by David Russell
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      Region: North West Highlands
      Trip Type: Photography
      Comfort: Classic
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From £362.50


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      Trip Details

      The landscape of the Assynt and Coigach is unique. Its defining quality could be described as ‘ancient’ with the underlying rocks billions of years old.

      The light found in the north-west Highlands is amongst the finest in the world and combined with the superb graphics offered by the mountains, photographers have the potential to capture rare moments which will never repeat themselves exactly. Colin Prior’s photographic knowledge of the Highlands and Islands is second to none – and this region is one of his absolute favourites.

      Trip Highlights

      • Spend five days in the Highlands developing your photography with Colin Prior.
      • Photograph the colours of the autumnal landscape at their very best.
      • Shoot in some of the finest photographic locations in Assynt and Coigach.
      • Discover new ways of finding photographs in the landscape.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – Photographing Assynt

      We meet at Inverness railway station at 8:30am and transfer north through spectacular Highland scenery. We will assess weather conditions, and if suitable, we will drive to Torridon to photograph Liathach from Loch Clair. From there we will head over to Loch Maree where Slioch rises from behind stands of Scots pine. Stopping in Poolewe and Laide, we will arrive at our accommodation in Ullapool at around 4:00pm where there will be time to settle in before dinner. (D)

      Day 2 – Clachtoll and the Old Man of Stoer

      Today we will drive north to Clachtoll where the combination of white sandy beaches and beautifully marked boulders of Torridonian sandstone and Lewisian Gneiss co-exist. These are the building blocks of the north-west Highlands. After lunch, we will head for the lighthouse at the Point of Stoer and will make a short moorland walk out 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. (B, L, D)

      Day 3 – Stac Pollaidh and the Assynt Wilderness

      A pre-dawn departure to climb to the summit of Stac Pollaidh. The ascent up the excellent path takes approximately one hour and the views from the top over Loch Sionascaig to Suilven and Cul Mor are spectacular. With sunrise at around 7:30am, this is one of the best times of the year to shoot from the summit of Stac Pollaidh where the colours are often spectacular. We will return for breakfast at 10:30am and in the afternoon depart for a moorland walk to a secluded beach where a variety of photographic subjects can be found. (B, L, D)

      Day 4 – Achnhaird Bay and Achiltibuie

      After breakfast, we depart for Achnahaird Bay where we will follow a path along the cliff-tops which overlooks Enard Bay. Here the views across the sea towards the mountains of Inverpolly create an unusual juxtaposition. After lunch, we will head to Achiltibuie where we can shoot the late evening sun over the Summer Isles before retiring to the Summer Isles Hotel for refreshments. (B, L, D)

      Day 5 – Corrieshalloch Gorge and depart

      On our final morning, we will explore the area around Corrieshalloch Gorge where the river has carved a spectacular mile-long box canyon through hard metamorphic rock. It is an exhilarating experience looking down from the gently swaying suspension bridge to the torrent of water that plunges 46m (150ft) over the Falls of Measach. Continuing our journey south, we will work around the River Glascarnoch where the lichen covered boulders create great photographic opportunities. A 2:00pm departure will permit an arrival at Inverness Station around 3:30pm where the trip will conclude.

      (B, L)

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      Assynt and Coigach

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      What's Included

      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      Our accommodation for this holiday is a 4-star guest house located on a hillside just outside the fishing village of Ullapool. The house enjoys fantastic views over Loch Broom and the hills beyond.

      Freshly prepared, locally sourced meals are taken in a range of local restaurants. Meals are a real highlight of this trip, with freshly caught seafood a particular specialty. Naturally any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

      Each client will have a single room (unless a double or twin is requested) and all of the rooms are en-suite.


      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      Freshly prepared, locally sourced meals are taken in a range of local restaurants. Meals are a real highlight of this trip, with freshly caught seafood a particular specialty. Naturally, any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

      Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

      You will be met by Colin Prior at the fixed seating area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 08:30 on Day 1 of your trip. The London Sleeper arrives at 0830 and if you are on this please let us know in advance. Inverness is a small railway station so it will be easy to identify Colin. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Recommended Travel.

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      Colin Prior is one of Britain’s leading landscape photographers. His spectacular panoramic images capture the beauty and eternal quality of the world’s wild places, especially those of his own native Scotland.

      He brings to his work a strong personal vision combined with supreme technical mastery of his chosen medium. Each photograph uniquely captures fleeting moments of nature that will never repeat themselves.

      Colin is also a patient and skilled photography coach and enjoys helping clients improve their skills on these trips.

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2019 Availability Status Price Book
      16th Oct - 20th Oct 2019 7 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,450 Book Now
      Trip Dates for 2020 Availability Status Price Book
      28th Apr - 2nd May 2020 10 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,550 Book Now
      14th Oct - 18th Oct 2020 7 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,550 Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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      David loves the lure of wild places. He’s regularly seen heading off with his canoe, camera and tent for a night under the stars. David spent 5 years as an outdoor guide and instructor with qualifications from the Mountain Training Association and British Canoe Association. He’s passionate about photography and has been commended for his striking images of Scotland’s wild places.

      - David Russell

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Green Graded Photography Holidays 1-3

      Our Green graded photography trips are suitable for people who enjoy outdoor photography and easy hiking, and have a reasonable level of fitness. We will be accessing wild locations to photograph so you should be comfortable hiking for up to 3 hours at a time. Our Knoydart trip utilises a private launch and dinghy to access some remote locations so for this trip you must be also be comfortable getting in and out of the dinghy.

      The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. The days are fairly leisurely and we spend about 6-8 hours outdoors. Out timetable will be flexible however, so we may head out early for a few hours before taking a break and going out again in the evening to take advantage of the best light.

      Our photography trips are not graded by your degree of photography skill – a small group size means you will have lots of time for one-to-one tuition regardless of your starting level.

      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.78 out of 5 based on 18 review(s) of Photography – Assynt and Coigach



      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


      Susan Carlyle

      Reviewed on 24/10/2018

      Age: 80 - 90
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 17/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 3

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Except for the dinner restaurant, everything else was brilliant.


      Katharine Ronald

      Reviewed on 24/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 17/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line


      Philip O'Loughlin

      Reviewed on 16/05/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Good but a little pricey

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