Photography by Ian Cameron

Arran Masterclass



Course Duration: 4 days ------ £705 
(Bed & Breakfast only). single occupancy of twin/double rooms.

* Maximum group size FIVE.

* Dawn - dusk field tuition

* Evening critique / lecture

* All transport at location included.

* Pick up/drop off from Ardrossan ferry terminal / nearby B&B.

The Isle of Arran is often referred too as, "Scotland in minature".  It certainly has an enthralling variety of landscapes and the mountains are respectably close in grandeur to their mainland cousins both in height and cragginess.  The fact is, despite it's quiet and gentle demeanour the splendid Isle of Arran is not that far from the madding crowd, Glasgow is just 55 minutes away from Ardrossan the most accessible ferry terminal and even the crossing itself is less than an hour in duration.  Arran is best known for it's mountainous outline, described as that of a sleeping warrior and photographically for it's bizarre rust red, finned rock beaches, sporting erratic boulders and colourful lichen outcrops.  There are beautiful glens, particularly those of Sannox and Rosa and a couple of significant waterfalls.  Lochranza at the extreme north of the island is stunningly beautiful with a picturesque derelict castle at the head of the estuary.  The southern tip has plenty to offer too, there are tremendous views of Ailsa craig otherwise known as Paddy's milestone and Pladda island with its lighthouse.  The rocky shoreline is a great place to see common and grey seals at relatively close quarter, basking on the rocks like reclining be-whiskered mermaids.

During your stay you will be based at the Carrick Lodge guest house 10 minutes walk from the seaside town of Brodick which is an excellent location for accessing the islands treasures.  The accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis, this will enable us much more flexibility with evening meals and the potential to avoid the clash with an exciting sunset.  The Carrick Lodge guesthouse has just six en -suite twin and double bedded rooms for spacious and very pleasant single occupancy accommodation.  There are the usual tea and coffee making facilities and because we will be the only guests staying we will have complete access to the downstairs lounge enabling presentation of our images during poor weather, or on quiet evenings, should we have the inclination and energy to do so.  Every room has free WiFi access.

There is a train service that connects from Glasgow right through to the Ardrossan ferry terminal.  I could of course pick up any folk in Inverness as I normally would do for any other course, but it would probably be more sensible to fly or take a train to Glasgow from London which can be done relatively cheaply.  The train to Ardrossan is timed to meet with the ferry leaving and as such you should try to time your journey to sail on the 12.30pm ferry where you will find me waiting to transport you and your luggage on to the ferry and thence to our accommodation in Brodick.  Needless to say you will need to be there about an hour before to allow for ferry boarding.  The price of your ferry trip is included in the cost.

Grade: Moderate Short level walks mostly accessible from the vehicle but one or two longer routes up to 1 mile from vehicle..

A £100.00 Deposit is required to reserve a place on this course.