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Highland winter; a week in Assynt

Event info

The area of Assynt is located North of Ullapool in one of the most beautiful mountainous areas of the Scottish Highlands. Its rugged landscape and many lochs create a fascinating foreground to the many iconic mountain peaks such as Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Cul Beag and Cul Mor.  This week-long workshop will find us enveloped in this dramatic landscape at the most dynamic time of year.

Workshop leader Mark Banks will be on hand throughout each day offering advice, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this incredible location.  During the week Mark will also give informal demonstrations of image processing and offer image review sessions for participants.

We will be based at the Royal Hotel in Ullapool where dinner, bed and breakfast and packed lunches are included in the price. Transport to all locations will be provided throughout the duration of the workshop. Mark Banks will be assisted by Mark Reeves for logistical and safety reasons during this workshop.

No mountains will be scaled on this workshop but a moderate level of fitness is required due to some locations being elevated with short inclines. However, all locations have been carefully selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access.  Most locations to be visited will feature uneven rocky terrain and so this workshop is unlikely to suit most people with limited mobility. However, please contact Mark Banks to discuss further if you would be interested in attending.

Assynt is a very sparsely populated region and so facilities such as toilets are very few and far between, particularly in January.  Whilst proper toilets will be visited when possible, in most locations large boulders will represent the best option.

Please bring / wear:

  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card
  • Tripod
  • 6- and 10-stop neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Graduated neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Warm and waterproof clothing suitable for the weather, location and time of year
  • Walking boots
  • Wellies
  • Grippers / microspikes for wellies (wet rocks can be very slippery)
  • Umbrella
  • Torch / headtorch


This will be a category C event for up to 7 people.  Category C means events that focus on a particular skill or technique (such as long exposures, composition or night photography) and/or on getting the best from a particular location. The event leader will have good location knowledge to ensure that the best is made of the prevailing conditions and will be a skilled landscape photographer able to offer tuition at all levels. These events are usually led by professionals but sometimes by volunteer members of the landscape group.  

This event will be subject to public health advice and, as such, is liable to potential postponement or cancellation. If it is cancelled, full refunds will be made.  Please see our cancellation policy below for further details.


Your data

Please note: your personal data (name, email address and telephone number) that you supply when booking an event will be passed to the event / workshop leader in order to enable them to:

  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

By booking this event you are deemed to consent to this transfer of your data.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


Royal Hotel

Garve Road


IV26 2SY