Explore the mountainous wilderness of Scotland on this 8-day photography tour! Be prepared to witness the incredible beauty of glacial glens and lochs, volcanic crags and fossil-strewn beaches that dot the rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Wherever you are coming from, there is so much magic to be captured in this compact territory, from extraordinary geographical formations in the Isle of Skye to the lush waterfalls of Glencoe. Whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer, this photo workshop is designed to take your skills to a whole new level as you discover the amazing history and landscapes of Scotland.
Total price: 4200 USD
30 Nov – 7 Dec 2019
Guided by Phil Buckle & Dion Hitchcock
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Day 1 – 30th November – Journey to the “Magical Isle”
The adventure begins when you meet your photo guides at your hotel in Inverness in the morning. From there, you'll make your way towards the magical Isle of Skye, where you'll stay for the next 4 nights in the village of Portree.
Along the way, there will be an opportunity to photograph the charming Eileen Donan Castle, standing steadfast on a small tidal island, as well as the Sligachan Old Bridge with the enchanting Cuillin mountains dominating the skyline behind.
Day 2 – 1st – December – Reach for the Skye
We'll rise early for a short hike at Quiraing, where we'll have our first sunrise session. This landslip of high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of volcanic rock makes for a beautiful scene when the first rays of the morning light bathe the area in a warm glow.
The Isle of Skye has a long history involving fairies and there's no better place to look for them than in Fairy Glen. Here, there'll be an opportunity to photograph the natural 'castle' of Ewan.
As the sun gets lower on the horizon, we'll make our way to Neist Point Lighthouse for an exciting sunset shoot, perched at the edge of a cliff and overlooking the ocean.
Day 3 – 2nd December – Skye High
On day three, we'll rise very early for a pre-dawn hike up to the Old Man of Storr. Your efforts will be rewarded by sprawling, panoramic views of this breathtaking landscape, lit up by the golden rays of the morning sun.
In the afternoon, we'll visit some nearby waterfalls, before returning to Eileen Donan Castle just in time for another sunset session.
Day 4 – 3rd December – Fairies and the beach
The weather in Scotland can be fickle, so day four will depend largely upon the conditions. There may be the option of shooting again at Quiraing at sunrise, or an enchanting morning capturing the otherworldly beauty of the Fairy Pools. This natural wonder looks like something out a Scottish myth, with its crystal blue water tumbling across several cascades into glorious pools.
We'll spend the afternoon shooting seascapes along the stunning Elgol coastline, looking towards the majestic Cuillin Mountains in the distance.
Day 5 – 4th December – Skye to Glencoe
On day five, we'll return to Sligachan at sunrise to explore the many waterfalls in the area. This place is brimming with photographic opportunities, with waterfalls set against a backdrop of craggy peaks known as Sgurr Nan Gillean.
From there, we'll head south, stopping by the Glenfinnan Monument and the adjacent Glenfinnan Viaduct on the way. If the viaduct looks familiar, then you may recognise it as the location of Hogwarts Express in the popular Harry Potter films.
We'll arrive in the jewel of the Scottish Highlands, Glencoe, by the afternoon. Located within the breathtaking Lochaber Geopark in the Scottish Highlands, this deep valley and its extraordinary mountains were carved out by glaciers over time. Once we arrive, we'll check into the recently renovated Kingshouse hotel.
Day 6 – 5th December – Glen Etive
We'll rise early on day six for a sunrise session at a glorious loch in the Glencoe Valley, before heading to Glen Etive for the rest of the day. The area is not only famous as a filming location for the popular films Braveheart and James Bond's Skyfall, but for Scotland's most photographed waterfalls – the Etive Mor Falls. We'll take our time capturing these wonderful cascades with the Buachaille mountain as the perfect backdrop. There'll be numerous other waterfalls where we'll be able to practice our long exposure skills, freeze-framing the motion of the water as the sun begins to set.
Day 7 – 6th December – Lochs abound
On day seven, we'll continue our journey through the Glencoe valley, exploring the many lochs. Our subjects include charming cottages and waterfalls, interspersed within the rugged landscape. The conditions can change quickly in this area, so we'll have numerous opportunities to capture the changing light as it transforms the landscape.
Day 8 – 7th December – Return to Inverness
Sadly, this will be the last day of your photo tour in Scotland. After a sunrise session in Glencoe and at Glen Etive, we'll make our way back to Inverness, arriving by the late afternoon.
Two Professional photo guides.
Air fare to Inverness
Visas if needed
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.