Knoydart is a peninsula on the west coast of Scotland and is known as ‘Britain’s Last Wilderness’. Cut off from the road network the region is only accessible by boat or by foot. It is a truly unspoiled corner of Scotland. It is also home to Ladhar Bheinn, the most westerly and one of the remotest munros on the Scottish mainland. Its wild beauty is Knoydart's real attraction. Although a fair amount of effort is required to make the most of it, the views are worth every single step.
This 6 day workshop will take you around some of the regions most picturesque routes and you'll wild camp on top of one of Scotland's most treasured mountains with an unrivalled view across a true wilderness. The trip will allow you to immerse yourself in the landscape and we'll have plenty of time for photography. Tents will also be provided.
How To Book
A deposit of £200 is required to secure your place, the remaining £445 will be required 4 weeks before the start of the workshop.
Day 2 - Meet in Fort William
Meeting in Fort William at 12pm where we'll pick up food/supplies. We'll then drive deep into the Scottish Wilderness to Kinloch Hourn where we'll take a short hike to a mid level camp for sunset.
Day 2 - Kinloch Hourn - Barrisdale
After sunrise we'll begin our hike along one of the most stunning stretches of the UK coastline to Barrisdale where there is a small campsite and privately run bothy with basic bunk beds, toilets and running water. After dropping off our bags we'll ascend a hill for a good vantage for sunset.
Day 3 - Barrisdale - Ladar Bheinn
After capturing a low level sunrise we'll begin our acscent of Ladar Bheinn. The hike has plenty of photographic opportunities en route including the final climb, which includes a walk along a stunning ridge to the summit. Finding a suitable camp spot we'll spend the night on top of one of Britain's most remote mountain.
Day 4 - Ladar Bheinn - Luinne Bheinn
If the weather is kind we'll make our way from one of Knoydart's mountains to the next. Luinne Bheinn. The walk will be less strenuous than the previous day's hikes and will give us more time to enjoy the scenery.
Day 5 - Luinne Bheinn - Kinloch Hourn
Making our way back down to Barrisdale where we'll stop for lunch, we'll then make our way back along the shores of Loch Hourn back to the car. We'll either camp overnight or find a bunkhouse/B&B to stay in.
Day 6 - Fort William
After photographing sunrise we'll then make our way back to Fort William for the conclusion of the workshop.
Whether you need artistic or technical support, I will be on hand every step of the way to help you achieve the images you want to capture. The workshop group is kept small to maximize 1-2-1 tuition and allow us flexibility to move around locations.
Equipment and Fitness
You don't require any previous mountain skills for this trip but you must be hill walking fit and able to carry a backpack of 15-20kg for multiple days. The entire trip will see us climb at least 3000m in ascent and cover over 20 miles. If you have any queries about your fitness or experience then please don't hesitate to contact me.
As you may well know Scotland is renowned for uncertain weather conditions. With this in mind, warm and waterproof clothing and a decent pair of walking boots are essential. I have some camping gear available for the trip but if you have your own equipment then your welcome to bring it along. I will provide a full kit list upon booking. You will need to provide all your own food suitable for the trip. We will have the opportunity to pick this all up when we meet in Fort William at the start of the trip.
Travel to and from Fort William is not included but I can assist with travel arrangements. Please allow up to £80-£100 for a B&B/bunk house if the weather forces us inside. We may also stay in a B&B/bunk house at the end of the workshop which is not included. You will have to provide your own food and drink and you may also require personal insurance for the trip.
We'll be meeting at Fort William train station at 12pm. If you have any travel requirements please contact me before booking as I can help arrange transport from other locations. We will return to Fort William around a similar time for people to catch transport home.
We will be wild camping for the duration of the workshop with the exception of the bothy at Barrisdale and/or a B&B/bunk house the last night of the workshop. So you will not have to book any accommodation until we finish on the Sunday