The itinerary will be adjusted to suit the weather. With numerous weeks walking around and photographing the area I know of a host of locations suitable for different lighting directions and weather conditions.
We will meet on Monday at 9am at Inverness train station (if you are travelling with me) or otherwise at 10.45am in Ullapool. The trip will conclude on Friday at 6pm back at Inverness.
Most of the trip will be spent exploring mountain and coastal locations around Assynt and Coigach with a particular focus on autumn colour which should be peaking during the week. In fact all of the images shown here were taken in the last week of October on previous years and show locations that I plan to visit on the trip. There are other spots which require a bit more walking and I plan to spend at least one day exploring the woodland around Dunndonnel with outstanding views across to An Teallach. I am only planning one mountain hike on this trip, up Stac Pollaidh, one of the easiest mountains in the UK but with expansive views.
The general pattern of each day will involve going out potentially very early when sunrise looks likely, staying out all day, perhaps visiting a cafe for a break, and only returning to our accommodation if the weather is particularly inclement. We will go out for dinner every evening.
Stac Pollaidh and autumnal birch trees.
Cul Mor and some exposed birch desperately hanging onto their last leaves. Unstable weather seems to work particularly well in the autumn.
I will be on hand at all times to help you with your images should you wish. With a small group size (maximum 5) there will be plenty of opportunity for 1-to-1 time. The level of independence and tuition is entirely flexible, depending on the individual. In particular, if you would like to work on your composition I will be on hand to provide feedback.
This area offers distant views of the mountains of Assynt and Coigach as well wonderful foreground opportunities, particularly when it is wet!
This trip should be well within the capability of anyone who is walking fit. However, we will be walking up to 5 miles a day (most days less than this), we may walk up Stac Pollaidh, and we may walk off path on steep or wet ground at times. It is important that you are confident on your feet. There will also be some easy roadside locations.
A view to An Teallach
You will need suitable outdoor clothing for potentially wet and cold weather. Good waterproofs (jacket and trousers) and good walking boots (preferably waterproof) are required. It can occasionally get down to freezing in autumn, so winter clothing, hat and gloves, are a good idea.
Aside from that you will also require all the usuals for a trip away and of course your camera equipment! In terms of lens selection something like a 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 would probably be ideal. I think there will be fewer opportunities to shoot wider than 24mm though, so if you are choosing between a 24-70/24-105 and an ultrawide like a 16-35 then the former would be more useful.
A roadside view over birch woodland towards Stac Pollaidh
The trip includes 4 nights accomodation in the comfort of Harbour House in Ullapool, just a short walk from restaurants in town. Everyone will have their own ensuite room with pricing dependent on the room booked. There is a comfortable lounge area where I can offer image reviews and processing lessons when the weather is against us.
Breakfast is included but we may miss breakfast if sunrise looks promising. You will have to provide your own lunches for the day (there is a supermarket in Ullapool and we may occasionally go to a cafe for lunch). We will eat dinner in Ullapool (not included).
Our accommodation at Harbour House.
With still some uncertaintly around travel rules when sharing I will not be renting a larger vehicle and instead using my estate car as transport for 3 clients with the other two hopefully able to drive themselves. This does help to keep the cost of the trip down as well.
Salt marsh. We will visit a number of coastal locations.
The trip does not include flights, insurance, food (except breakfasts) and drink. It does include transport from Inverness for the first three clients to request it.
A spot that other tours don't seem to visit, a short but slightly awkward walk!
This trip has been planned on June 29th 2020 with the anticipated total relaxation of rules over the summer. Obviously the restrictions could change although I am by now optimistic that they won't change in a way that will negatively impact the trip. In the event that the workshop cannot take place you will be refunded in full. If however you are forced to cancel for covid reasons that do not affect the group as a whole (ie local lockdown) then I will not be able to refund your deposit.
Cul Beag and a passing shower.
PRICE AND BOOKING
This workshop is priced variably depending on the room you book. Double room £1300, single room £1140. A £400 deposit is required to reserve your spot with the remainder due two months before the trip starts.
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