New – Scotland’s Wild Highland Light – The North West Highlands
Scotland Photo Tour – Destination summary
If you’d like to experience and capture the raw beauty and wild light of the Scottish Highlands, then this is the Scotland photo tour that will meet those expectations.
This Scotland photo tour is designed to guide you to some of the most dramatic and beautiful locations in the North West Highlands. Locations that lie well away from the well worn busy tourist trails and hot spots that get crammed with tour buses in August.
I’m from the Highlands and if I only had limited time to photograph them, then this is where I’d go – hands down. Just to mix it up a little you’ll also have a day along the Moray Coast which offers a day of contrasts from the west, packed with drama and cultural interest.
This Scotland photo tour starts of north west of the Highland capital Inverness. The dramatic Torridon mountains are one of the most beautiful and lesser visited parts of Scotland. The peaks of Ben Eighe, Liathach and Ben Alligin all rise high above the tumbling rivers and glittering lochs below. Pockets of native Scots Pine give this area an ancient feel. So with my local knowledge, I’ll guide you to some of the most photogenic and out of the way places in the Highlands.
The Moray Coast
A total contrast to your day of photography in the Torridon mountains, we’ll focus our attention on the villages, sea stacks and hidden beaches that lie along the Moray coast. You’ll spend the day exploring seascape compositions and experimenting with long exposure. You’ll also get a sense of why this coastline was listed by National Geographic as “one of the worlds top coastlines”.
Inverpolly, Assynt and Coigach
After two nights in the village of Beauly you’ll head north to the fishing village of Ullapool. From here we are in easy reach of one of the Highlands best kept secrets with some of the finest scenery and mountains in the Highlands.
The mountainous regions of Inverpolly and Assynt have been described as “Scotland for the connoisseur” and the land where Viking gods practiced making mountains. Dotted with lochs and fringed by clean sandy beaches its my top pick for places to photograph in Scotland.
It’s also quieter than some of Scotland’s better known locations. This gives it a sense of peace and wide open spaces. This region is often a highlight for landscape photographers that I’ve guided around Scotland. I’m delighted to be able to share some of its hidden treasures with my guests.
North West Sutherland
From Ullapool we continue North until we run out of land. Tucked away in the most northerly corner of the British Isles lie some of its most evocative landscapes.
After passing the mighty Quinag and crossing over the fantastic Kylesku bridge we head into the far North West Highlands. A land of empty golden sands and shimmery seascapes, charismatic peaks surrounded by remote, empty Glen’s home to herds of roaming wild stags.
We have lots of options here and the light will play a part on which locations we make our priority. Sandwoood Bay is an easy hike over flat terrain and said to be the UK’s most beautiful ( and haunted) beach.
From our base in the village of Tongue we’ll venture out into one of the empty Glen’s to photograph one of the most beautiful mountains, the Queen of the Highlands, Ben Loyal.
Other highlights include The Kyle of Durness, Loch Eriboll, the coastal villages and the Kyle of Tongue.
After our final night in Tongue we’ll explore a few more locations before returning to Inverness via Lairg and Bonar Bridge.
Based in Inverness I’ve been guiding workshops and photo tours in the Scottish Highlands for over 10 years. In that time I’ve guided hundreds of satisfied clients from around the world. In the few days they’ve been with me they have improved their photography, mastered the basics and created some stunning images. You can read testimonials from previous Lightstalker clients here
Pick up at 10:30am on the 11th August in Inverness at your chosen Hotel or the Railway station – drop off in Inverness on the 15th August early evening around 6pm.
Inverness has flight connections with London, Dublin, Amsterdam and other regional UK airports. It’s 3hrs north by bus or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Your accommodation – All single occupancy with ensuite and full Scottish breakfast.
11th – 12th The Lovat Arms Hotel Beauly – A family owned hotel in an historical Highland village with ancient priory – 2 nights,
13th – The Arch Inn, Ullapool – cleverly converted from and old fish store in a picturesque fishing town surrounded by mountains – 1 night
14th- The Ben Loyal Hotel, Tongue. A traditional small Highland hotel with big views – 1 night
What to expect
This Highland photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day (if you need it or are a little rusty). This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms.
Your sessions will start mid morning and continue until dusk which can be late into the evening at this time of year and being so far North.
This allows us to pack as much into the day as possible, visiting and photographing a range of locations. Plus we’ll have plenty of time at each location to make sure we do them justice.
There will be time for breaks for lunch on location, and dinner in local pub or restaurant featuring local produce each evening prior to our final dusk session.
All of this will be managed by your guide Glen with help and suggestions available at any time.
A photo adventure’s main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should ideally be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand and advice freely given.
Participants will be invited to share 6 of their final images with Glen and fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.
August can be great , warm and pleasant but it can also be unpredictable with showers through the day. Along the coast it can also be breezy so we need to keep rainwear and outdoor clothing the van as well as waterproof boots/ hiking shoes. So be prepared for showers and wind, and sun.
Locations and fitness.
Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on slippy rocky surfaces. This can involve short walks up hills, along riversides and over uneven terrain. Walking times to Sandwood Bay can be just over an hour each way but there is plenty time and all locations are weather dependant.
All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.
5 days 11th - 15th August 2020
Places available: yes
Trip fee: £1495.00
Booking deposit: £250
- 4 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast
- Detailed 5 day itinerary
- Pick and drop of in Inverness
- Day and dusk location sessions
- Transport to all locations
- Practical field tuition and guidance
- Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie
- Any flights
- Airport transfers
- Lunches or evening meals*
- Alcoholic beverages
- Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance
- Classic Highlands landscapes
- Torridon Mountains and Lochs
- Inverpolly and Assynt
- Ardvreck Castle
- Seascapes and villages along the Moray coast
- The far North West Highlands
- Sandwood bay
- Ben Loyal