The Isle of Skye & Scottish Highlands
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An amazing 8-day photo tour capturing some of the most stunning landscapes that Scotland has to offer!
Dates and Times
Sat 2nd – Sat 9th Oct 2021
Fitness Level Required
Sat 2nd -9th Oct 2021
Last 3 places!
Professional photo guide
Kase filter kits available
Small tour (max 5 participants)
Join us on this amazing 8-day photo tour capturing some of the most stunning landscapes that Scotland has to offer!
Scotland has always inspired the spirit of adventure and its rugged, untamed landscapes await! The stunning visuals have to be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated. From Skye’s awe-inspiring geographical formations of Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr, to the sublime beauty of Glencoe, we’ll visit both the iconic and the hidden gems in this magnificent area of the Scottish Highlands.
From our starting point in Inverness, over eight full days we’ll visit the romantic and stunning Eileen Donan Castle en route to the Isle of Skye, also called the “Magical Isle”. Impressive geological formations await us, allowing a glimpse into a forgotten time. Volcanic crags sculptured over millennia into unique shapes abound in Skye, creating many memorable photo opportunities such as the dazzling turquoise waters of the elegant Fairy Pools, and the fossil-strewn shale beach of Elgol with the dramatic Cullin mountain range looming in the background.
Day 1 – Journey to the “Magical Isle” of Skye
The first morning of your tour we will pick you up from your hotel in Inverness between 9-10am and begin our journey to the Isle of Skye.
En route you will get your first taste of the Scottish countryside, and will naturally ponder how best to capture this stunning country through your photographs.
We’ll stop for lunch at one of Scotland’s most famous locations, Eileen Donan Castle, we’ll then continue our journey to Skye, photographing Sligachan Old Bridge at sunset on our way to our hotel in Portree where we’ll be staying for four nights.
Day 2 – Wild Landscapes
Today we rise and shine for the short trek to the breathtaking Quiraing landslip where we’ll capture the wild and majestic sunrise. A plethora of rolling mountains and moss-covered rock, Quiraing landslip is as rustic and as close to nature as you can get, and with the sunrise’s golden light in play, it’s a view one can never forget.
We’ll move on to explore the otherworldly Fairy Glen, a Quiraing in miniature, with its unique natural “castle” Ewan.
We’ll finish the day literally on a high note as we gaze off the cliffs of Skye’s most westerly tip to photograph Neist Point Lighthouse at sunset.
Day 3 – The Old Man of Storr
Today is our earliest start of the tour as we arrive in time to hike up to catch the golden rays hitting the Old Man of Storr, witnessing what could easily be a scene from Tokien’s Lord of the Rings.
Although an hour of early morning hiking may sound daunting, it is more than worth the effort for our final view!
We’ll have a relaxing rest of the day, visiting some unique waterfalls close by, and then make a return to Eileen Donan Castle for a sunset shoot.
Day 4 – Fairytales of Skye
Depending on the infamous Scottish weather, we may have a second chance at Quiraing for sunrise or we’ll have a slightly later start and head to the lovely Fairy Pools. Situated at the foot of the Black Cullins mountains, the crystal clear waters of the River Brittle collect in shallow pools and cascade delicately over multiple gentle waterfalls.
Refreshed, we then head to the south of Skye to the stunning coastline of Elgol, voted as one of Britain’s most scenic beaches and exhibits an especially moody character in winter. On your way to the water’s edge any fossil hunters should keep an eye out as Elgol is famous for them.
Day 5 – Hogwarts Express
For our final day in Skye we’ll return to the Sligachan area at sunrise to explore the multiple waterfalls upstream from the Old Bridge, with the craggy peaks of Sgurr Nan Gillean prominent in the background.
Waving goodbye to Skye, we’ll head south to the Glenfinnan Viaduct. You may recognise this gorgeous area as famous for being a filming location for the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. The steam train will be running, so be prepared to capture it in all its atmospheric beauty!
From there, we’ll travel into Glencoe, the jewelled heart of the Scottish Highlands. Carved by glaciers and volcanic activity, this area is rich in history and brimming with photographic delights. We’ll make our home for the next few nights at the stunning Kingshouse Hotel.
Day 6 – Glen Etive
We’ll begin the day with sunrise in the Glencoe Valley, where we’ll explore the lochs and the magical area surrounding Glen Etive. This is where you’ll find the Etive Mor Falls, with the stunning symmetrical Buachaille mountain as a backdrop. It offers a myriad of compositions, so we’ll take our time to explore the area beyond just the iconic shot.
We’ll then make our way along the Glen, stopping to shoot at various waterfalls situated upon the River Etive. There is the possibility of an encounter with the wild red deer that call this area home. In the afternoon, we’ll head to a famous filming location where James Bond’s ancestral home in ‘Skyfall’ was located.
Day 7 – Glencoe Revisited
Today we’ll explore the many lochs and lochans in the Glencoe valley, along with the picturesque cottages in the area, accentuated by the stunning backdrops they reside in.
We may also look to explore two picturesque castles nearby, Kichchurn Castle and Castle Stalker.
As the weather conditions can change rapidly in the Highlands we’ll monitor our feature highlights, as the exact same scene can look completely different after some fresh overnight snow on the peaks or a recent downpour dramatically changes the look of the waterfalls. In just a couple of days it is possible to have a portfolio of vastly different looking shots from the exact same location!
Day 8 – Return to Inverness
This will be the final day of our workshop. We’ll wake for an early sunrise at Glencoe, before returning to the stunning surrounds of Glen Etive for another opportunity to capture the Buachaille Etive Mor Falls.
From there, we’ll make our way back to Inverness and drop you off between 3-4pm.
Your Guide: Dion Hitchcock
Dion is an expat Australian based in London, United Kingdom. A prodigious traveler, after visiting 40+ countries he decided it was high time to learn about photography so he could better document his travels and quickly caught “the bug”. He became involved in several camera clubs, assisting them running workshops and now runs his own, including in the UK, Iceland, and his home country of Australia. A qualified pharmacist, he’s now swapped helping patients and teaching pharmacy students for helping clients with both the technical aspects and artistic side of photography. Although an unconventional transition, he sees this as a natural progression as both of his parents are artists who instilled in him an appreciation of the beauty of the wondrous world around us.
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