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Photography – Assynt and Coigach

  • 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
  • 4 nights accommodation in a charming guesthouse in the small fishing village of Ullapool. Each client will have their own single room, unless a twin or double room is requested.
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transport throughout the trip, in a spacious people carrier, starting and finishing in Inverness
  • The services of Colin Prior, who will work closely with each group member throughout the holiday, helping you develop your photographic skills.

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.


In Assynt, we will stay at a locally owned 4-star guest house located at the edge of the picturesque village of Ullapool. All clients are allocated a single, en-suite, room unless a double or twin room is requested.


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.


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.

For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website:

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.

What’s Included in this photography holiday:

  • 4 nights accommodation in a comfortable small hotel
  • Most meals
  • The services of a Wilderness Scotland walking guide throughout
  • All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness
  • If you don’t think that this is the right walking holiday for you, you can view our trip trips on this link: Walking Holidays in Scotland

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Photographing Assynt
We meet at Inverness Railway Station at 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. Later 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 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 0730, 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 1030 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 on the torrent of water that plunges 46m (150ft) over the Falls of Measach from the gently swaying suspension bridge. Continuing our journey south, we will work around the River Glascarnoch where the lichen covered boulders create great photographic opportunities. A 1400 departure will permit an arrival at Inverness Station around 1530 where the trip will conclude. (B, L)

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