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      Assynt and Coigach

      19 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 30th Apr | 20th Oct Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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      Trip created by Colin Prior
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      Region: North West Highlands
      Trip Type: Photography
      Comfort: Classic
      Max Group Size: 10
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From N/A £387.50


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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 – Torridon and Loch Maree

      Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 8.30a.m. on Wednesday morning. Inverness is a small station so it will be easy to identify Colin. After the group has met and subject to weather, we will head for Torridon where we will spend our first day, stopping to photograph Liathach and Loch Clair in Glen Torridon. After lunch we will drive to Loch Maree where we will have the opportunity to photograph Slioch from a variety of locations. We will depart around 3.30 p.m. for Ullapool following the coast road via Gairloch and Poolewe arriving at our guest house around 5.00 p.m. (D)

      Day 2 – Clachtoll and the Point of Stoer

      Today we will drive north to Clachtoll where the white sandy bay gives way to a rocky foreshore. Beautifully rounded boulders composed of Torridonian sandstone are punctuated with those of Lewisian gneiss – the building block of the north-west Highlands. After lunch, we will head for Stoer Head lighthouse and take a short walk across the moorland, which gives superb aspects back towards the lighthouse and the cliffs. 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

      Today we will hike up Stac Pollaidh following a well-maintained footpath which winds its way up the east side of the mountains and retuns by a path on its west side. A one hour walk will take us to the top where views over Loch Sionascaig, Quinag, Suilven and Cul Mor are amongst the finest in Scotland. On the October trip, we will have an early start so we can be at the summit for dawn. On the May trip it will be a post-dawn walk in the morning as sunrise is so early at this time of year. We will spend the afternoon exploring the headlands and coral sands of Achnahaird Bay. (B, L, D)

      Day 4 – Achnhaird Bay and Garvie Bay

      After breakfast, we depart for Garvie Bay – a 45-minute walk across the moorland takes us to a secluded beach where Suilven creates the perfect backdrop to the foreshore. After lunch, we will head back to Achnahiard follow the path along the cliff-tops overlooking Enard Bay. Here the views across the sea towards the Assynt mountains create a spectacular backdrop – Suilven, Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh and Ben Mor Coigach punctuate the horizon with their enigmatic shapes. (B, L, D)

      Day 5 – Dundonnell

      After checking out, we will drive to Dundonnell and ascend a high point, which gives unbroken views towards An Teallach. The well-wooded area has stands of mature trees, which eventually give way and the An Teallach Massif is revealed in its entirety. A 1300 departure will facilitate arrival at Inverness Station around 1500 where the workshop 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. You will be returned to Inverness Railway Station for 15:00 on the final day. 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 2021 Availability Status Price Book
      30th Apr - 4th May 2021 7 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,550 Book Now
      20th Oct - 24th Oct 2021 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.

      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 4.79 out of 5 based on 19 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.


      Jeff Cox

      Reviewed on 30/10/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 16/10/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Can’t wait for our next trip!


      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

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