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stoates
17th January 2012, 10:47 AM
You are no doubt all aware that IainMacD and I have had a few 'day trips' around the Highlands recently. We are wishing to get a bit more adventurous and are planning for a 2 day event, based around Torridon, over the weekend 10/11 Mar 12.

Having really enjoyed our meet in Skye last year, we are hoping we can turn this into another e-Group meet. This link http://www.stevecarter.com/latest/latesttorridon.htm will hopefully give you a taste of the potential photo opportunities in the area.

Iain and I are hoping to stay in the SYHA at Torridon on the Saturday night. http://www.syha.org.uk/hostels/highlands/torridon.aspx There are vacancies showing but the manager is away until 23 Jan so I am unable to confirm at the moment how many beds are available. It is fairly basic accomodation but conveniently located and there is a pub a short drive away which does great evening meals. Our initial thoughts are to arrive at 'gentleman's hours' on the saturday, grab a few hours shooting and hopefully a sunset then have an early sunrise start on the sunday. Neither of us have any real 'local knowledge' of the best photo locations so will need to do some internet research unless forum members, or even better, attendees are able to provide some 'top tips'. From a personal point, and having climbed some of the Torridon Munros a couple of years ago, I expect to keep the 'climbing' to a bare minimum if at all (and take most of my photos looking up not down!) so this hopefully shouldn't be an arduous event.

May I ask one of the admin staff to make this a sticky until after the event - thanks.

Zuiko
17th January 2012, 11:02 AM
Steve, a great initiative and I hope you get a good turnout. I'd love to come, but it's way too far from where I live. I've "stuck" this thread for you. :)

stoates
17th January 2012, 11:57 AM
Many thanks John - shame you can't make it.

Kiwi Paul
17th January 2012, 03:11 PM
I'm interested Steve, can't see any reason I won't be able to make it.

Paul

wanderer
17th January 2012, 03:25 PM
I'm interested too.
I've got a couple of other things on in March but I'll try and keep this clear.

First thoughts are visit Diabaig and Sheildaig. The Pine forests on the slopes of Beinn Eighe. Loch Maree side and views to Slioch. I also know of a wee bothy up above Loch Coulin, the Tree House. Walk up behind the Ling hut to one of the several 'valley of a thousand hills'.
I'll stick some other tasters up later but here for starters;

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/906/1305553.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21096)

Beinn Alligin

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/906/1295533.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21099)

Slioch and Loch Maree

stoates
17th January 2012, 04:33 PM
I'm interested Steve, can't see any reason I won't be able to make it.

Paul

I'm interested too.
I've got a couple of other things on in March but I'll try and keep this clear.




Paul/Duncan that's great - be good to meet up with you both again. A couple of excellent images of what we can hopefully expect Duncan. Beinn Alligin was actually one of the mountains we walked up last time I was there and I can't say I really enjoyed it. Far too much exposure for me and it wasn't even as treacherous as it looks in your image.
If you are happy to come up with some locations for the weekend I'm sure we would all be very grateful. *chr

Ulfric M Douglas
17th January 2012, 07:01 PM
Good luck you guys!
Take them survival blankets and a big thermos of soup.

stoates
17th January 2012, 11:33 PM
Good luck you guys!
Take them survival blankets and a big thermos of soup.

Don't know what you're on about Ulfric, it's always gorgeous up here! :D

I am pleased to say that I have received an email from Seonnaidh (until fairly recently a very prolific e-group member) stating that he hopes to join us on this meet. Unfortunately he has suffered a period of ill health in recent months but thankfully now reports he is 'almost fully fighting fit and looking forward to getting to do some more serious photography'. He also said that due to commercial reasons he has left the Oly fold - but I'm sure we won't hold that against him ;) ! He asked me to pass on his best wishes to all on the forum; for those of us able to make the Torridon event it will be a pleasure to meet up with him again.

Benedict
18th January 2012, 10:41 AM
Duncan's ( Wanderer) makes me wish I could be with you in what appears to show some fanatstic scenery from a landscape photographers point of view.

sadly it is way too far from south Wales and the due to ongoing effects of a major operation the only mountains I can now climd is if there is a chait lift !

As I drive around our own Bracon Beacons I break into a sweat looking at what could turn into some fabulaous shots.:( Two years ago it would have been rucksack on and away climbing - but sadly those days are gone forever,so now I have to be content to look at pixs such as Duncans.

Good luck with the trip and lets hope the weather plays its part for you all.

stoates
23rd January 2012, 08:59 PM
Hi all.

I made an online booking last week at the Torridon SYHA for 3 confirmed attendees, IainMacD, myself and a local photographer friend.

I have today received an email from the Hostel Manager, Mat Webster who has provisionally booked me a further 3 beds for the night of 10 Mar. The price per person is 18.25 (including a 2 SYHA temporary membership - not required for current members). This is on a bed only basis though there is an option for a continental breakfast and/or pack lunch. If Duncan, Paul, Jon or any other member wishes to take up these beds (no obligation of course but if not interested could you let me know so I can pass this on to Mat - thanks :))the booking reference is 1270466 and can be paid for on 01445 791284.

I have also emailed Steve Carter, the photographer whose images I linked to in the original post, asking if he could give us some advice on locations and timings. He kindly provided some suggestions with associated photos and this map:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/torridon_trip.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/42242)

We will hopefully be able to devise a suitable 'itinerary' between us before the day with this and Duncan's knowledge.

stoates
15th February 2012, 01:45 PM
Hi all.

With just over 4 weeks to go I thought a little reminder of this trip would be of benefit and have added a proposed itinerary for your approval (or suggested alternatives! :)):

Saturday 10 Mar - Time TBD (see below). Meet in the layby on the A896 (opposite the turn to Coulin Lodge) at Loch Coulin and Loch Clair. Position North 57,34' 9.12" West 005,20' 31.2". Short 1Km walk to SE tip of Loch Clair which should give good views across the water to Beinn Eighe and Liathach. From here there is a further walk around Loch Coulin but this could be too far in time and distance.

Move on to the Sheidaig Peninsular, about a 12 mile drive. There is a car park at North 57,31' 32.16" West 005,38' 57.48 and hopefully should give the best opportunity for some sunset shots ( bearing 264deg at 1815) as well as some good light on the mountains to the north and east.

Dinner and refreshments at the Torridon Inn to discuss the following day but my starting suggestion is:

An early start to make sunrise (bearing 095deg at 0648) at the northern end of Loch a' Mhullaich close to Diabaig (West along the north shore of Loch Torridon). There is a car park at Lower Diabaig/Sgeir Gulas but I think there is a large layby (from sattelite imagery) at the top of Loch a' Mhullaich which would be more convenient. This should give a good aspect across both Loch a' Mhullaich and Loch Diabaigas with the backdrop of Beinn Allign and Liathach.

From here I thought we could move to the south shore of Loch Torridon to try Annat, Balgy and the viewpoint at Creag an Eirich.

As far as timing for saturday goes it depends on how early people wish to set off and meet up. I know Paul (Woofmix) could be coming from as far as Aberdeen so I was thinking maybe an 11-1200 start might be reasonable? IainMacD and myself are both keen to have a look at Loch a'Chroisg on the way over but there may be some issues with parking up. If anybody else is interested in this we could specify a time for meeting here along with the arranged meet time at Loch Clair.

Now we just have to cross fingers for the weather - I can think of no real bad weather fall back plan!

Kiwi Paul
15th February 2012, 02:21 PM
Sounds good to me Steve, we are hardened photographers a bit of torrential rain and strong gales are nothing to worry about ;)

Paul

stoates
15th February 2012, 02:48 PM
Be nice to at least see those snow capped mountains though :)

Kiwi Paul
15th February 2012, 02:55 PM
Take an infra red camera then lol ;-)

wanderer
15th February 2012, 08:24 PM
I intend to be there. I'll book tomorrow (Thurs). I'll stay the Friday as well.

Loch a Chroisg isn't too bad for parking but there is a fence between it and the road.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/906/1315602.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21105)

Loch Coulin is fine but I wouldn't leave it much later as the sun will go of the east side of the summit of Liathach and Sgurr Dubh will be black. The forest is worth photographing and if you go about 5 miles up there is Easan Dorcha the Teahouse which is gorgeous.
http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothy-details.asp?bothy_id=23

Loch a' Mhullaich and Loch Diabaigas are worthwhile if its calm but it is the dull side of Beinn Alligin. Diabaig village is nice and down by the pier is a nice mix of neat and dishevelled.
If you go NW from Diabaig there is Craig
http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothy-details.asp?bothy_id=22

Opposite Sheldaig on the Fearnmore road is a possibility and round to the beaches at Sand and Applecross.

The rest is fine. As ever we can play by ear.
Bad weather fallback;
http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Inverewe-Garden-Estate/About/
or a pub, any pub.

Closer to the time I'll find out high tide times as the loch looks rather miserable with acres of pebbles.

stoates
15th February 2012, 09:32 PM
I intend to be there. I'll book tomorrow (Thurs). I'll stay the Friday as well.

Loch a Chroisg isn't too bad for parking but there is a fence between it and the road.

Loch Coulin is fine but I wouldn't leave it much later as the sun will go of the east side of the summit of Liathach and Sgurr Dubh will be black. The forest is worth photographing and if you go about 5 miles up there is Easan Dorcha the Teahouse which is gorgeous.
http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothy-details.asp?bothy_id=23

Loch a' Mhullaich and Loch Diabaigas are worthwhile if its calm but it is the dull side of Beinn Alligin. Diabaig village is nice and down by the pier is a nice mix of neat and dishevelled.
If you go NW from Diabaig there is Craig
http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothy-details.asp?bothy_id=22

Opposite Sheldaig on the Fearnmore road is a possibility and round to the beaches at Sand and Applecross.

The rest is fine. As ever we can play by ear.
Bad weather fallback;
http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Inverewe-Garden-Estate/About/
or a pub, any pub.

Closer to the time I'll find out high tide times as the loch looks rather miserable with acres of pebbles.

Duncan this is great thanks. *chr I was basing the itinerary on maps, forecasts and heresay but it is no substitute for having personal experience which you have in abundance. More than happy to play things 'by ear' but if you are willing to take the lead on getting us to the best locations I'm sure that will be greatly appreciated by all attendees. Once we find out who is coming we can finalise the initial metting location and time.

Assume you staying at the Torridon SYHA?

wanderer
15th February 2012, 11:19 PM
Assume you staying at the Torridon SYHA?

Aye.
I certainly can't afford the Ben Damph.

wanderer
16th February 2012, 10:49 AM
Booked. All we need now is some nice weather.:D

Kiwi Paul
28th February 2012, 04:29 PM
Maybe those of us who are going should PM each other with our cell phone numbers so we can get in touch when we arrive or if we get lost lol.

Paul

stoates
28th February 2012, 05:25 PM
Maybe those of us who are going should PM each other with our cell phone numbers so we can get in touch when we arrive or if we get lost lol.

Paul

Good idea Paul. I was going to get a definitive list together early next week of who is going to make it. I will PM my details then.

Do you know what time you are aiming to 'arrive' on the Saturday. With Duncan travelling on the Friday it will probably be best to arrange the meet time around you and then we will be in a position to confirm both time and location of the 'rendezvous'. *chr

Kiwi Paul
29th February 2012, 11:48 AM
My sister and hubby are over from NZ so they will be tagging along, we are planning coming over on Fri night so can meet anytime Sat morn :-)

Paul

Kiwi Paul
29th February 2012, 12:27 PM
I meant to say I still haven't booked accomm as I was waiting to see what my sister and hubby were doing, anyone know of a reasonable price hotel or B&B or if there is still beds at the SYHA?

Paul

stoates
29th February 2012, 02:44 PM
I meant to say I still haven't booked accomm as I was waiting to see what my sister and hubby were doing, anyone know of a reasonable price hotel or B&B or if there is still beds at the SYHA?

Paul

Paul. As far as I am aware there are still beds in the SYHA, I have just extended our booking to include the Fri night as well (cost per night 18.25).
Just waiting to hear from Jon but so far have 5 confirmed and all now arriving Fri PM so that should make co-ordinating our meeting time and place much easier.

wanderer
29th February 2012, 09:36 PM
so far have 5 confirmed and all now arriving Fri PM

I'll have to lay in more whisky then.:D

stoates
1st March 2012, 10:14 AM
I'll have to lay in more whisky then.:D

Your whisky is safe with me Duncan; 30+ years living here and I still haven't acquired the taste. Now, a nice bottle of red........ *chr

IainMacD
1st March 2012, 07:09 PM
Your whisky is safe with me Duncan; 30+ years living here and I still haven't acquired the taste. Now, a nice bottle of red........ *chr

I'm sure we can find a home for your share Steve !
*chr

Iain

BobS
1st March 2012, 10:31 PM
I now live too far away for a weekend trip and, in any event, too old and decrepit to be skipping up mountains again. So, I'm drooling with envy.

I hope the weather's kind to you all, in which case, you'll be sorry you only made it a weekend trip. A week, at least, would have been better.*yes

Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin, Liathach, Shieldaig..........I have my memories, especially one of drinking in the pub alongside Loch Maree when the publican, a lady, suddenly realised the clock at the bar had stopped and it was an hour past drinking up time! She was afraid of losing her licence and literally threw us out! The local bobby was very strict then. Perhaps he still is.

Good luck with the trip and I look forward to seeing your many photos.
*chr

stoates
2nd March 2012, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the good wishes Bob. The weather is definitely our main concern but getting a 'lock in' at one of the local hostelries is also a worry. :)

BobS
2nd March 2012, 07:19 PM
Hope the landslide on the A890 and the problems with the Strome ferry, which was resurrected, won't affect any of you.

stoates
2nd March 2012, 09:58 PM
Hope the landslide on the A890 and the problems with the Strome ferry, which was resurrected, won't affect any of you.

Missed the news on that Bob but hopefully shouldn't be any where near the A890. Thanks for the 'heads up' though.

stoates
5th March 2012, 05:20 PM
Just a couple of days to go now - daren't look at the forecast but Iain reckons it is looking 'not too bad'!

Currently we have 5 'togs' attending (plus Paul's 'guests'); unfortunately I have not heard back from Jon (Seonnaidh) so I assume he is unable to make it. Anybody else hoping to come along?

Paul/Duncan, I have PMd you re eating fri/sat evening and have provided my mobile number.

*chr

Kiwi Paul
5th March 2012, 06:39 PM
Looking forward to it :)

Paul

wanderer
5th March 2012, 09:10 PM
Met Seonnaidh toady in Tyndrum.
Unfortunately he wont make it.
He and his good lady were heading south to see an elderly relative.