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      Assynt Photography: Incredible Images from the North West Highlands

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      By Rupert Shanks, Chief Storyteller
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      Assynt photography surely showcases some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes of Scotland.

      This dramatic and ancient land in the North West Highlands is a place of jagged peaks, a myriad of lochs and ancient rock. It’s one of our favourite wilderness areas and photos from our trips here never disappoint. We’ve put together a selection of our most beautiful Assynt images.

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      Cul Beag, Ben More Coigach and Stac Pollaidh, Assynt, North West Highlands

      We love this beautiful panorama shot by landscape photographer, Colin Prior. The green and blue hues brought out by the morning light seem to give the view even more of a primeval feeling. Colin Prior has shot many great Assynt images but for me, this is the most striking.

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      Achnahaird Bay. Shot by Colin Prior.

      The crescent shaped beach at Achnahaird bay must be one of Scotland’s prettiest. Dreamy, soft white sand contrasts with its rugged, rocky surroundings. Easily accessed from Achiltibuie, Achnahaird is a real wee gem on the Assynt coast. Backed by impressive views of the peaks of Stac Pollaidh, Cul Mor and Cul Beag, this bay is home to a variety of wildlife such as Lapwings, nesting in the dune grasslands.

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      Looking back towards Stac Pollaidh from near the summit of Cul Mor.

      The scenery in Assynt only becomes more impressive as you gain a bit of altitude. Walking in this area must be some of the most rewarding in Scotland! The steep-sided peaks of many of the hills here make for a challenging hike. But the views from the summits more than make up for it.

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      Looking north towards Suilven from the top of Cul Mor.

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      Traversing the spinal ridge of Suilven.

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      Catching the last of the light on Cul Beag while wild camping and canoeing on Loch Scionascaig.

      The intricate network of lochs throughout the area make travel by canoe a great way to move around. Canoeing and camping also offers a much deeper experience of the place. Watching the sun set from your own lochside campsite can be hard to beat!

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      Meet the Author: Rupert Shanks

      “After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.”

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