Winter in Glencoe and the surrounding area
6-11 December 2017
Glencoe is one of Scotlands most beautiful and dramatic areas, with high rugged mountain peaks flanking the A82 road on both sides as it winds its way toward the highlands. Words cannot do justice to the rugged beauty of the Glen and surrounding area, which is one of the few wilderness areas left in the UK.
During this 5-day workshop we will explore Glencoe at its most beautiful time of year - winter. In December we have the opportunity to capture beautiful light at dawn, dusk and throughout the day as the elevation of the sun remains low. The mountains may be snow-capped, and at this time of year there is a fair chance of ice and snow at ground level. We will have ample opportunity to photograph the mountains of the area, including the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor and the three sisters of Glencoe, from a number of different compositional perspectives. We will also explore Rannoch moor, a world-class landscape photography location, using the Lochans and islands as foreground interest to the backdrop of the mountains in the distance. Neighbouring Glen Etive with waterfalls and trees clinging to the valley sides and Loch Tulla will also be on our doorstep. Other locations relatively close by include Castle Stalker on loch Linnhe, and Kilchurn Castle overlooking loch Awe. At night, conditions permitting, there may also be an opportunity for astrophotography to capture the stars over a winter landscape. There is also the possibility, if we are very fortunate, to capture the aurora which is sometimes observed down to this latitude.
Our base for this workshop will be the very comfortable Clachaig Inn (www.clachaig.com) towards the north end of Glencoe . Rooms have been booked on a double for single occupancy basis and breakfast is included. We will base meal times around the light to try to ensure we maximize the best photographic opportunities.
This tour is led by Antony Spencer and Mark McColl. Participants can be met at Glasgow airport for the short 1.5 hr drive to Glencoe, or alternatively participants can travel to Glencoe and we will meet at our hotel.
• 5 nights accommodation at the Clachaig inn on a double / twin room for single occupancy basis
• All transportation during the workshop
• Tuition from Antony Spencer and Mark McColl
• Meals / drinks not specified
• 5 nights
Advised to bring…
• Camera body, lenses (wide angle, telephoto, fast wide angle f2.8 if possible for astrophotography)
• Filters / batteries / memory cards / laptop / cleaning equipment
• Warm waterproof clothing (layering advised – base, fleece, outer waterproof layer, waterproof trousers and thermals, gloves, hat)
• Waterproof walking boots and wellingtons (most of the locations are accessible from the road, but note that some areas have rough boggy terrain and a reasonable fitness level is required)
Accommodation, tuition and transportation, breakfasts
travel to and from Glasgow, meals not mentioned, insurance