Workshops: Torridon Masterclass
Course Duration: 5 days ----- £1095 (Autumn)
(Half Board single occupancy of twin/double rooms).
* Maximum group size FOUR
* Dawn - dusk field tuition
* Evening lectures / review
* All transport at location included.
* Pick up/drop off to/from Inverness accommodation bus and train Station.
Although Glencoe is deservedly regarded as one of Scotland's premier photographic locations, Torridon to my mind exceeds it. During the Autumn the birch that fringe the lochs turn to gold and the entire glen is rich with fall colour, the balance is fragile, wind can easily shred the trees of their leaves but the deer grass offer firm compensation by turning a fiery red. Winter is entirely another affair, Torridon can get very very cold and during January and February and with the onset of freezing weather it offers quite simply the most remarkably beautiful scenery anywhere in Scotland; yet Torridon remains comparatively little known outside Scotland, not that that stops it featuring at the top of every hillwalkers list. A drive along the Torridon valley sees the mountains rise from the roadside with an immediacy that is bordering on claustrophobic.
Whilst desirable, it isn’t essential to climb the mountains, there is plenty on offer at much lower levels. Loch Maree is a glittering sapphire dotted with pine tree islands, twisted Scots pine adorn its edges, cascades and waterfalls tumble down into the loch fed by the Torridonian giants and presiding over it all, the awesome bulk of brooding Slioch. There are no shortage of stunning coastal areas to explore too with picturesque Badachro, Gairloch and further afield the red sands of Applecross not to mention the remote and inaccessible Rua Reidh lighthouse.
During your stay you will find yourself wrapped in the warm hospitality of the Old Mill Lodge. Cradled in the woodland that surrounds Loch Maree, wildlife is seemingly everywhere, last year I saw otters at Gairloch, red deer were quite literally eating carrots from folks hands in the front garden, with red squirrel around the back. Most extraordinary of all were the nightly visits made by a family of pine martens that would sneak through the kitchen window and steal an egg or two from the window ledge. The Old Mill Lodge has cosy rooms and a log fire in the lounge completes the ambience, the meals are excellent, home cooked with seasonal produce. Pauline and Paul are wonderful hosts who open the Old Mill Lodge exclusively for our benefit. I urge you all to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Wherever possible we will spend our time in the field, so with the exception of meals which are organised around the key times of sunrise and sunset you will be out from pre-dawn to post sunset. The course will start around 1300 hours on the commencement date so you should try to be at the hotel at this time for an introductory meet up. It is my intention to continue right through until around 1700 hours on the final day of the course. I make pick ups from Inverness accommodation and/or the train station around 10am on the commencement date for those that need a lift and I return folk to pre-booked overnight accommodation and / or the train station around 19.30 hours on the last day of the course.
WiFi and mobile phone connections are difficult, but The Old Mill Lodge now has a Wifi connection albeit not a rapid one.
Grade: Moderate Mostly short duration walks on relatively flat ground but occasional short hill climbs of 200 / 300m Terms and Conditions apply.
A £200.00 Deposit is required to reserve a place on this course.