Canisp and Suilven – Assynt


The photo above (Canisp to the left and Suilven to the right) was made from Loch Druim Suardalain and the one of Suilven below from the River Kirkaig. Visible from throughout the Assynt region Suilven dominates the landscape and is striking in appearance. One of the oldest rocks in the world, Gneiss, is visible on Canisp’s surface.


These photos are from a recent two week visit to Assynt. Based in the lovely town of Ullapool I photographed the mountains Suilven, Canisp, Quinag and Sàil Gharbh. I also photographed Loch Druim Suardalain, the River Kirkaig, Stoer Head Lighthouse and The Old Man of Stoer sea stack. Will be kept busy editing the results!

© Simon Howlett 2014. All rights reserved

20 thoughts on “Canisp and Suilven – Assynt

  1. Fabulous images Simon, as always.
    I’ve just been given a 1930’s Agfa Billy Recorder. It takes 120 film and I’m keen to give it a try. I was told by the person that gave it to me that it’s been checked for light leakage and it’s fine. I don’t know if you know this camera but I know you like old cameras and do use them. I wondered if you have any advice you could give? I’ve bought some film. I can’t process it myself although I’d love to learn how to do that. I’ve been thinking of buying one of those grow tents and using it as a darkroom. I’d have a fan to take away the chemical fumes but that’s down the line. The first few films I’d have to rely on someone else developing them…

    • Thanks Adrian.

      I’m not familiar with the Agfa camera you have. Had a look on the internet and it looks a lovely camera. 120 film is good to work with, there are videos on You Tube which I’ve found very helpful. A good place to source 120 film is at Silverprint. I use a Paterson developing tank to process b&w film at home and a Paterson changing bag to load the exposed film into the tank. Details can be found at:

      Rodinal film developer along with Ilford stop bath, fixer and wetting agent produces great results. This can be sourced from:

      Digital Truth has a video demonstrating how to develop film. They also have an excellent film development chart, guides and much more at:

      I also use the local Fuji lab to develop my film and then scan the negatives to a computer back home. Have fun with the 1930s Agfa, looking forward to seeing the results!

    • Thank you for your lovely comments 🙂 It was a pleasure to photograph the mountains and explore the area.

      The weather held good during my first week but the remnants of Gonzalo swept in during the second week. Yes, I see the rain is still with you but it’s heading down to me now!

  2. Again love the light on the water in that first photo. I’m going to be spending another week up at Ullapool sometime summer 2015 – mainly Munro Top bagging but hoping to get decent weather and photos. It’s a superb area, especially north of there isn’t it?

    • You’re right, it’s a magnificent place to explore. I’ll be heading up in the winter when I next visit. Spent two weeks in Holly Cottage, Pulteney Street, Ullapool this year and had a nice time.

      • We usually get a cottage – ours was on the main road through the town last time but not sure what that street is called. It was pretty quiet though. Lovely place Ullapool 🙂

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