Highlands & Islands Masterclass
Duration of Course: 9 day ------ £2295
(Single occupancy of twin/ double rooms - Half Board).
* Maximum group size FIVE
* Dawn - Dusk field tuition
* Evening critique / Illustrated lectures / PS work
* All transport at location included.
* Pick up/drop off to/from Inverness accommodation, bus and train Station.
A great many folks that attend the Transient Light workshops and masterclasses come from abroad and as such they usually want to spend considerably longer visiting this wonderful landscape than the four or five days that most of my courses run for. Understandably they also want to visit more than one Scottish location preferably at the most photogenic time of year. It is to this end that I have decided to put together an extended course lasting 9 days, taking in two premier photographic Scottish island locations just as the long Summer days begin to shorten and give way to the cooler nights and colours of Autumn.
Autumn is universally acknowledged by photographers to be the best time to visit Scotland. The bracken covered hills begin to redden and the palette of colours start to intensify. Thankfully the midges are greatly diminished as the cooler nights set in and a slight coastal breeze will keep them at bay entirely. Yet even though the nights are drawing in there is a reasonable chance of decent settled weather and the November gales shouldn't yet start to march in from the Atlantic, meaning a relatively benign sea crossing.
The Highland & Islands masterclass is open to just five folk on a first come first served basis. You will spend four nights on the Isle of Skye, surely one of the best known and most scenically stunning locations in the British Isles. Highlights seem endless, but I will never-the-less list a few of them, please feel free to visit my website galleries and check them out for yourself, (type Skye into the Transient Light web search engine).
First there is the magnificent Quiraing with its carpet of green rolling hills, shapely peaks and vertical cliffs, once seen never forgotten and very accessible, the iconic Old man of Storr, a giant finger of rock pointing skywards with it's smaller satelite cousins close by, Elgol, quite possibly one of the finest "A" list coastal views in Scotland, the cirque of Sligachan the junction of two mountain ranges where the red Cuillins meet the jagged black Cuillins, (they will be on your hotel doorstep, the Sligachan Hotel), and then there are the marbled black and white sand beaches of Staffin and remote Talisker Bay. There are many more beautiful locations but you will see them all for yourself and doubtless be enchanted by what they have to offer.
As you will be travelling for some considerable period of time, comfort and wellbeing becomes an issue. The hotels I have selected are comfortable, very close to superb photogenic locations, friendly, and do their very best to accommodate our needs as photographers. The meals provided by the hotels are very decent, although packed lunches are not included during the course all the hotels will provide packed lunches should you require them and I will try to keep tea and coffee on the go throughout the day.
I look forward to welcoming you all to the Highlands & Islands masterclass for a stunning and protracted period of fine Scottish landscape photography. (I hope).
The following hotels will be used.
Pick-up from Inverness approx 9.30am on Friday 30th September 2016 ( I need to know the hotel or B&B you are staying at or if arriving by overnight train)
Skye - Sligachan Hotel near Portree. Half Board stay - 30th September, 01, 02, 03 October 2016 - WiFi / telephone communication usually okay
04 October 2016 - Ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert on Harris.
Harris/Lewis - Harris Hotel in Tarbert. Half Board stay - 04, 05, 06, 07 October 2016 - WiFi available
08 October 2016 - Ferry from Tarbert on Harris to Uig on Skye.
Return to Inverness approx 19.30 hours on Saturday 08 October 2016. (I will leave Skye around 4pm and drop off at the station or Inverness B&B / hotel)
Ferry tickets are included in the price.
For more information about each of the venues please have a look at the various individual Transient Light courses relating to the destinations and for images of the relevant areas, just type, "Skye", "Harris", "Lewis", into the picture search system. They are outstanding areas of Scottish beauty.
Grade: Easy Short to medium distance walks with gentle inclines, average fitness required.
A £300.00 deposit is required to reserve a place on this course.