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Great Wilderness Escape

24 Aug 2020 - 29 Aug 2020  |  £680

What to Expect

EDIT: One spot has recently become available due to a cancellation.

Jeeeeeez Coronavirus sucks! It's been months now since any of us have really had a proper escape and the restrictions of lockdown have only made getting away more appealing. My photography business has been totally hammered but more than that I'm missing stretching my legs - it seems like its about time that I planned another adventure! Of course I won't be the first to have that idea so this trip is planned to visit the most remote area in the British Isles.

The Great Wilderness is one of my favourite areas to photograph in Scotland.  Our route takes us past the point that is furthest from a road in the whole UK!  But this is not remoteness for remoteness sake. The summit view from A'Mhaighdean is widely regarded as the most spectacular vista in all of Scotland, yet it ia rarely photographed. The other mountains on the trip also offer spectuacular views over wild land. If the weather allows we'll tackle Beinn Airigh Charr, A'Mhaighdean, Beinn Tarsuinn and Beinn A Chaisgean Mor So if you'd like to join one of the greatest adventures Scotland has to offer, this trip is for you!


Group SizeFour Clients
Duration6 days


Please pay the deposit to reserve your spot.

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The itinerary below is hypothetical based on a mix of weather.

Monday – Meet at Poolewe at 1.30pm. You will have to find your own way there which probably means driving! Start hiking up Beinn Airigh Charr in the afternoon. Arrive in time for sunset.

Tuesday – Descend Beinn Airigh Charr and continue on up A'Mhaighdean (this is a very challenging day!). Summit Camp with astounding views within meters.

The view from Beinn Tarsuinn - can't wait to shoot this in good light!

Wednesday – Continue on to Beinn Tarsuinn. This is a short day, only a few kilometers and should give us a bit of a rest. We'll camp part way up the mountain and ascend for sunset.

Thursday – Hike back to Beinn A Chaisgean Mor with fantastic views across to to A Mhaighdean.

Friday –  Return to Poolewe. We should get back by mid-afternoon. At this point you can either leave or stay on for another evening - we'll probably camp somewhere that's fairly easy to get to.

Saturday - Workshop concludes in the morning. Drive home!


I will be on hand at all times to help you with your images should you wish. With a tiny group size of just three (the smallest group I've had in many years) there will be plenty of opportunity for 1-to-1 time. The level of independence and tuition is entirely flexible, depending on individual interests and needs.

Fitness And Experience

You do not need prior mountain experience for this trip however you must be mountain fit! You will need to be able to carry a 18kg backpack up a 1000m mountain and then repeat it. We will be taking our time and your ability to complete the hike is really about having decent baseline fitness and the right attitude - I've done this hike with clients in their 50s before.


A complete PDF kitlist is provided upon booking so you can be confident you have everything you need. I can provide high-end lightweight camping equipment perfectly suited for the trip. This includes Terra Nova Quasar tents, Rab Neutrino 400 sleeping bags and NeoAir Xtherm sleeping mats. If however you would prefer to use your own sleeping kit, or bring your own tent then you are welcome to. Aside from camping equipment which is provided, you will need suitable outdoor clothing, walking boots a rucksack and a number of other items.

Obviously tents will be single occupancy due to coronavirus restrictions. I have one lightweight 1-man tent to lend out otherwise you will either have to carry one of my two man mountain tents (3.5kg) or provide your own lightweight tent.

One year I ran this trip in early May and we found ourselves camped in the snow. It should be warmer this time!


Additional Expenses

The trip does not include transport, food or insurance. 

Cancellations due to Coronavirus

This trip has been planned within the anticipated restrictions post July 15th. Obviously there are many ways in which the restrictions could change. In the event that the workshop cannot take place you will be refunded in full.

Price And Booking

This workshop is priced at £680 with a £300 deposit required to book your place. The remaining £380 is due 1 month before the workshop starts.

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