Photography by Ian Cameron

Torridon / Inverpolly Masterclass

Duration of Course: 7 days ------ £1695
(accommodation, Single Occupancy, B&B).

* Maximum group size FOUR

* Dawn - Dusk field tuition

* Evening critique

* All transport at location included.

* Pick up/drop off to/from Inverness airport bus and train Station.

Torridon and Inverpolly are two of my absolute favourite west coast regions and offer undeniably the largest variety of premier mainland photographic locations in Scotland. 

A powerful statement especially when you consider what Scotland has on offer, but I stand by that remark and I can assure you it is backed up by a wealth of personal experience.  The mountains of Inverpolly are distinctive in their shape, the autumn scenery generates sapphire lochans in a copper cloak of deer grass and the sandy beaches backed by wispy dunes and that famous Inverpolly skyline are simply sublime. 

Though most of the birch trees will have shed their leaves they do so around the perimeters of the lochs and add a splash of gold to enhance the autumn palette, throw in a few castle ruins, pine islands a lighthouse and a 100 foot waterfall and it simply oozes class.  How can Torridon possibly compete?  Well it does, by adding twisted Scots pine groves, half sunken trees, a sublime pine island, a lofty mountain view without the usual effort required to get there, some gorgeous salt marshes, beaches to die for and mountains that loom out of the glen with overbearing immediacy.  It really is a tantalising combination.

The area is far too large to explore from just one base so for this course I have split it between two hotels the first at the Kinlochewe Hotel near the Torridon peaks at one end of the sapphire waters of Loch Maree.  It is in an excellent location and has been upgraded since last year's takeover by the new owners.  You will be staying there for three nights on a dinner bed and breakfast basis in twin /double ensuite rooms with the usual tea / coffee making facilities.  Stage two of our trip will see a coastal drive North of approximately two hours to Ullapool at the edge of the Inverpolly reserve, though doubtless with the many scenic delights on offer it will take a lot longer.  Here you will be staying for three more nights, dinner, bed and breakfast at the charming and quirky Ceilidh Place hotel, a personal favourite of mine, it does excellent meals, has an upstairs lounge with a view and has a commual tearoom with honesty bar in lieu of the usual room based tea/coffee making facilities.   Needless to say photography takes priority and being out pre-dawn and post sunset is de-riguer, only the near certainty of rain in combination with wind will delay our early morning start and temper our plans.

Neither of these locations require you to walk large distances, in the main they are accessed with less than a fifteen minute walk though some do require an uphill or downhill traverse which could potentially be problematical if you are less sure on your feet.

I can't commend this trip to you highly enough and I anticipate it should fill quite rapidly.  There are just four places available on a first come first served basis. 

Grade: Easy/Moderate Sandy beaches some dune climbing / short walks mostly less than 15 minutes average fitness required.

A £300.00 deposit is required to reserve a place on this course.