Myself and James made this. It took a year, a lot if sweat and a load of effort. Hope you can take the time to enjoy this peace of film that we made of one of the most incredible places in scotland.
When you first catch sight of Suilven, normally from the small village of Elphin on your way up through Assynt to Lochinver, you can’t help feel a little unsettled. Its monolithic, shark-like structure sits looking out to sea, quite alone from the surrounding mountains, giving it a brooding sense of lonely solitude. Its as if nothing else in the area wanted to go near it for fear of being devoured. Suilven perpetually generates some foreboding cloud systems as the winds sweep in from the Atlantic, adding to its visual ferocity. For these reasons we were amazed that nobody had really made a film about it before, it demands to be photographed as soon as you see it.
On hindsight however, it is now obvious as to why this is the case. The logistics of this project have been challenging to say the least. Its remoteness, steepness, changeable weather and surrounding boggy terrain all make Suilven a difficult fortress to penetrate. For these reasons we embarked on the project by climbing Suiven’s surrounding mountains so that we could film and survey it from all angles and work out the best way to attack it when the time came. It turned out all the surrounding mountains came with their own unique challenges, especially in the heart of the Scottish winter. Despite all this, it has all been worth every twisted ankle, broken bit of equipment, frugal amount of sleep and excruciatingly heavy backpack. Without a doubt Suilven is one of the most amazing objects Scotland has to offer and we hope that our short film will inspire others to venture out to experience the grand splendour of the environment for themselves.
James Anderson and Niall Walker
A small collaboration between myself, Ben Cowie and Alan Cameron! We are all quite happy with how it’s turned out from a concept that came about after a few pints!