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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.

Accommodation

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.

Food

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.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

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:

www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

Customer Kudos

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.

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by Robert Burke 26/11/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Theresa Murphy 08/11/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All went smoothly.
Trip Comments
The pre-trip material described a green hike as - mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. - Now that we have been there and back I can say they were mostly muddy, wet and rough but if we knew that before we went we would never have booked. We were wet and tired and as happy as two people could be. Justin insisted on carrying my pack on one hike and I will forever be eternally grateful. Also, the van we rode around in was extremely comfortable.
Accommodation and Food
Our room was large with a view of the Loch Broome. The long shelf in the bathroom held everything you needed for easy quick prep for the day. Breakfast was very good as were the packed lunches and dinners in town.
Your Guide
Colin and Justin knew all there was to know about the locations we visited. They considered the weather and any factors to make sure everyone was comfortable. I will always consider Justin my very own guardian angel.
The Bottom Line
We had never gone on a trip like this and have to say it was an excellent experience. When we met on Wednesday morning we were strangers and by our departure on Sunday we were truly friends. We can say we had a fabulous time surrounded by the Scottish Highlands and our like-minded companions even if we were dog tired and our socks were wet.

by Richard Purchase 25/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Ive travelled twice with WS and both trips have been well organised and extremely enjoyable.

by Enrique Gatmaitan 13/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Booking over the site was easy. Email communication on confirmation and details of the tour was very informative. Questions I had were answered quickly.
Trip Comments
Colin and Bob were excellent leading the group. Colin made sure to spend time with each of us and provided great tips and feedback. His insight on landscape photography were truly valuable. The different locations were breathtaking as well. The group also got along very well and it was great to see everyone's take on photography in the image sharing/critique session.
Accommodation and Food
The hotel in Ullapool was a great place for a base. Everyone having their own room was also appreciated as a nice touch that not a lot of tour groups offer without a surcharge. Dinner was at a great place, with a decent selection of food that was very good. Packed lunches during our time out and about is also the way to go, rather than returning back to town. Definitely like the all-inclusive (accommodations and food) package.
Your Guide
Colin and Bob were great guiding the group to stunning locations. Both were very approachable and accomodating. Colin made sure to spend time with each person out in the field and gave great feedback. The image sharing/critique session was also a great way to see some of the different ways he looked at a landscape image and I learned things I'll definitely use going forward.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland runs a great photography tour, and having the caliber of photography guides like Colin Prior is invaluable. The locations we visited were incredible! The pre- and post-booking communication with the company is top-notch, with all the detail you need to prepare for your tour. I researched quite a few different tour companies, and I'm very happy I chose Wilderness Scotland!

by Andrew Milne 11/11/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great service
Trip Comments
Great experience
Accommodation and Food
Very comfortable, catering excellent
Your Guide
Excellent
The Bottom Line
Excellent, well organised, great value for money, would recommend to anyone

by Samantha Park 02/11/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Andrew Milne 28/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I initially did not have a place, I requested being put on a waiting list, immediately there was a cancellation I was informed. Excellent service.
Trip Comments
The weather was unusually good that week, the photographic opportunities were fantastic, The accommodation and food excellent, The sunrise from Stac Pollaidh was a clear winner as a highlight, with the company a close second.
Accommodation and Food
Superb, servicing of the rooms, prepared meals and packed lunches were varied well presented and tasted great.
Your Guide
Fantastic, I need say no more.
The Bottom Line
Would recommend it to anyone, a great holiday experience in a most beautiful part of the country and it included photography.

by Sue Langford 11/05/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I had a couple of questions over the time between booking and departure, and each one was dealt with very efficiently and in a really friendly manner.
Trip Comments
I'd never been to Coigach / Assynt or Ullapool before, but I'll definitely be going again. What a great choice of location for a photography trip :-)
Accommodation and Food
The welcome and service at Ardvreck was fabulous, and the restaurant we ate at each night was good too - it even had an integrated book shop!
Your Guide
Colin is a great tutor; his advice was given without judgement and he exudes such a passion for photography. It must be quite hard to be on it 100% throughout the trip, but he really was. Very good host.
The Bottom Line
I'd been planning to spend a little money on my hobby (photography) this year, and am delighted that I chose to spend 3/4 of my budget on this workshop holiday (and only 1/4 on a more modest new camera) because I learnt such a lot, and have been introduced to some new locations that I was previously unaware of. I got some great pics too :-)

by Tamasin Dale 02/11/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Efficient but friendly administration and prompt responses to emails.
Trip Comments
Sitting on a soggy river bank with rain dripping off your hood whilst trying to hold a plastic bag over your camera, or alternatively trying to avoid your equipment being blown off a cliff may not be everyone's idea of fun, but despite all of that an excellent trip with a great bunch of people in a lovely part of the country!
Accommodation and Food
Ardvreck House provides very comfortable accommodation, with fantastic views of Loch Broom and - importantly - very effective heating for those days when the weather is at its most 'Scottish'. Food there and at The Ceilidh Place was tasty and plentiful and staff at both efficient and very friendly.
Your Guide
Colin was an excellent guide, generously sharing his years of experience and always ready to offer help and advice where needed. He took us to some beautiful locations, adjusting plans as necessary to get the best of the changeable weather.
The Bottom Line
Another brilliant trip with WS. A wonderful opportunity to get out and photograph the beautiful Highlands, with expert tuition from one of the best landscape photographers around.

by Alan Brownlee 26/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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The Bottom Line
Brilliant!

Prices and Departures

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17th Oct - 21st Oct 2018
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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.

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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£1,395
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Robert Burke
26/11/2017

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We had never gone on a trip like this and have to say it was an excellent experience. When we met on Wednesday morning we were strangers and by our departure on Sunday we were truly friends. We can say we had a fabulous time surrounded by the Scottish Highlands and our like-minded companions even if we were dog tired and our socks were wet.

Theresa Murphy
08/11/2017

4

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