Scotland Highlands Photography Tour Itinerary 25th March – 2nd April 2020

Sligachan bridge and the Cuillins

Dates

25th March – 2nd April 2020

Location

Scotland

Price

£4350 per person

Our knowledge of Scotland and specifically the Highlands and Islands enables us to go to the best beaches, wreck sites, ancient ruins, castles, waterfalls, mountains, rivers and lakes. The locations have been selected for their photographic appeal in the highlands and islands. The climate is temperate and dominated by the Gulf Stream, with warm, moist summers and mild wet winters. Scotland has an ancient history with remnants of neolithic culture as well as vestiges from more recent times in the form of castles and old estates. It is a place where people have interacted with the ancient landscapes for millennia and it is this fusion, which creates unique photographic opportunities.

Our tour itinerary may change according to weather, light and spontaneous moments which emerge ‘en route’.

We pride ourselves on a ‘hands on’ approach, which enables clients to avail of sessions in which there are photo critiques and a chance to reflect on images captured whilst on tour. It is recommended that all participants bring laptops or tablets so that we can benefit from interaction and discussion, and ways of editing our images to get a result reflecting your own unique style.
‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see’.
Henry David Thoreau
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Tour Details

Day 1. 25th March Arrive in Glasgow and travel to Glencoe

Our first night is spent in Glencoe, a mountain valley village nestled amongst some of Scotland’s most impressive mountain scenery. If we have time on the way it may be possible to stop at some of the lakes and rivers to get into photographic mode!

 

Overnight in The Glencoe Inn or similar

Days 2/3. 26th and 27th March Glencoe and environs

We drive around the Glencoe valley, Glen Etive or the lakes in the vicinity of Rannoch Moor with small trees, which in calm conditions create amazing reflections, Buachaille Etive Mor Waterfalls, cottages set in mountain backdrops, turbulent Scottish rivers and always seeking the best angles and light.

 

Overnight at Glencoe Inn or similar

Days 4/5. 28th and 29th Glencoe to Portree on the isle of Skye

On the way to Portree we will stop at the iconic Eilean Donan castle which is very photogenic and also, if time permits the beautiful bridge at Sligachan. During our time on Skye we will drive to the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing (both along a basalt escarpment where there are ancient landslips), the waterfall at Kilt rock, possibly the stone beach at Elgol and maybe the fairly pools with the backdrop of the Cuillins (mountains).

 

Overnight in Greshornish House Hotel or similar

Day 6. 30th March  

Today we take the ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris (Lewis and Harris) which is part of the Hebrides. Or we drive through the highlands to Ullapool and take the ferry to Stornoway and drive to Tarbert. Depending on the time available we should be able to take a few shots en route.

Overnight in Harris hotel in Tarbert or similar

Day 7. 31st March

Whilst on Harris and Lewis we spend time photographing the amazing sandy and rocky beaches of West Harris which faces the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. Here is is very useful to have a tripod and filters to truly capture motion and flow. Some of the beaches we go to are Losgaintir, Bagh Steinigidh, Northton beach and salt marshes, Traigh na Cleabhaig and anywhere with the right conditions (light, waves, rocks) to shoot. Sometimes it’s the unexpected which enables a great capture.

In the evening we visit Callanish Stones for the sunset. The stone circle is comprised of 13 stones plus a huge monolith that stands in the middle, and is 5000 years old. A total of five stone rows are connected to the circle and main monolith. Two of the longest rows run in parallel and form what the archaeologists like to call “The Avenue.”

This avenue is made up of 19 stones, the largest of which is 3.5 meters and stretches across 83 meters. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/callanish-stones

Overnight in Harris hotel in Tarbert or similar

Day 8. 1st April

Today we drive through Harris and Lewis to Stornoway, the capital of the Hebrides. We take the ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool and stay in the Highlands for one night. Photography ‘en route’.

Overnight at The Limetree hotel in Fort Willaim

Day 9. 2nd April Drive to Glasgow for onward connections. Please try to get evening flights as it takes a few hours to drive to Glasgow.

 

PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner for the time of the tour
  • Entrance fees to monuments etc
  • Transfer to and from Glasgow International Airport at the start of the tour at the end of the tour.
  • Photo tour leaders (two – they will also be your drivers)
  • All transport with everyone in the people carrier/small minibus
  • The cost of the tour is £4350pp based on two people sharing. To confirm the booking a deposit of £1000 is required to pay deposits for the hotel bookings.

PACKAGE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Alcohol and occasional stops for coffee/tea/snacks

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