2nd - 7th November 2012: Autumn colours
Feb 2013 TBC: Lochaber's Winter Wonderland
For 2012, Nevispix have teamed up with Michelin recommended guest house Distant Hills in Spean Bridge to offer guided photography tours. Spean Bridge, “The crossroads of the Highlands” is the perfect location from which to photograph the iconic views of Lochaber and the Great Glen.
Whether you are a novice, just getting to grips with your first SLR or intermediate photographer wanting to improve your technique, Nevispix tours are ideal. More experienced photographers will enjoy the variety of locations available in this unique corner of the Scottish highlands.
Your accommodation will be at Distant Hills, a modern four star guest house set in its own grounds on the edge of Spean Bridge. Owners Peter and Lesley McIntosh aim to combine delicious breakfasts and comfortable rooms with a friendly atmosphere. All rooms are ensuite, there is wi-fi throughout the building and a large private car park.
Most evening meals will be taken at the nearby Old Station restaurant where, after a satisfying meal made from fresh local ingredients we can adjourn to the cosy snug bar to enjoy a real ale or a few of the fine malts that hosts Ben & Vanessa keep in the well stocked bar. Informal music sessions are a regular feature at the Old Station and if nothing is happening you can pick up one of the "house" guitars and start one! Transport to and from the restaurant is available though you may prefer to enjoy the 10 minute walk through the village on a fine evening.
The following is a typical itinerary. The actual itinerary will depend on group preferences and prevailing weather conditions. A moderate level of fitness is required and walking boots/stout shoes are recommended, as is warm, waterproof clothing.
Day 1: Spean Bridge
Meet at Distant Hills guest house in Spean Bridge from 4.00pm. Guests travelling by train can be collected from Spean Bridge station. We'll meet in the guest lounge at 6.00pm for a welcome drink and introductory chat where you can get to know your fellow photographers and find out what we've got planned for you for the next four days.
Day 2: Glen Spean, Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis
We'll start off at historic Cille Choirille church with fabulous views over the Grey Corries, then on to Glen Roy to photograph the famous parallel roads, a unique glacial feature carved out in the ice age. In Glen Nevis the focus will be on waterfalls, where we will take a walk up the Nevis gorge to Steall valley to discover one of Lochaber's real hidden gems. Then across to Corpach to catch last light on Ben Nevis and the Caledonian Canal
Day 3: Loch Lochy and Loch Arkaig:
Today we start off by taking in a Ben Nevis sunrise, with the golden early morning light illuminating the north face of The Ben. We'll head back to Distant Hills for breakfast, then on to the Cia-aig waterfall made famous in the movie Rob Roy. From here we'll head to the West end of Loch Arkaig for stunning images of the Glen Pean hills. Whilst here we'll also spend some time photographing the magnificent wild stags that congregate close to the road. Back at Distant Hills we'll review the first two days results, with tips on editing available before going to the Old Station restaurant for dinner.
Day 4: Glencoe
An early start sees us in place to catch the early morning light on the Buachaille Etive Mor. Then we'll move on to Rannoch moor with Loch Ba and loch – na – h – Achlaise providing endless photographic opportunities. Then back through Glencoe to photograph such icons as The pap, three sisters, loch Achtriochtan and the Glencoe lochan.
Day 5: Road to the isles
For our last day of photography we'll head for Glenfinnan with its viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter films. Glenfinnan is also famous for the monument commemorating the raising of the Jacobite standard. Then it's off along the Road to the Isles with numerous lochs, waterfalls and seascapes along the way. A derelict barn and an abandoned fishing boat give charismatic alternative subjects to capture. We'll finish the day with a sunset over the sound of Arisaig, the isle of Eigg with it's iconic "Sgurr" providing the backdrop.
Cost: £790.00 per person, based on single occupancy.
The package includes:
A £60.00 per person discount is available for photographers sharing a twin or double room.
Please make bookings directly with Nevispix on telephone number 01809 501355 (+44 1809 501355 if calling from abroad) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and conditions
Deposit: A deposit of 20% (£158) is payable on booking. This is only refundable if the tour is cancelled by us. The balance of £632 is payable in full 14 days prior to the date of commencement
Methods of payment
• We prefer payment by cheque or bank transfer (account details available on request)
• We can also accept payment by Paypal but please note that these payments will incur a premium of 4% which represents the processing cost of the transaction.
We strongly recommend that you arrange holiday cancellation insurance.
Ailsa Cottage, South Laggan, Spean Bridge Inverness-Shire PH34 4EA
Tel 01809 501355