I’m not really an early riser so unlike many landscape photographers I can’t seem to drag myself out of bed in the early hours to catch that much sought after golden light of sunrise. However, on this occasion I decided to make the effort and planned to camp out overnight on location. I wanted to choose somewhere not too far from the road and Druim Bad a’ Ghaill in Inverpolly just north of Ullapool seemed to fit the bill. This is one of the most scenic areas in Scotland and contains lots of my favourite kind of terrain, which is wild moorland scattered with lochans and erratic boulders. I am obviously not alone, as a quick Google image search reveals that this is a popular location with many photographers. The following map shows the approximate location of where the photograph was made:
We arrived (my wife and I) in the evening, unfortunately just too late to catch some nice light on Beinn an Eoin and the hills on the other side of Loch Lurgainn. There is parking for cars on the right hand side just after the road from Badagyle to Lochinver crosses the crest of the ridge and begins to descend. After a short walk we set up camp near the highest point of the ridge west of the road, just above some lochans.