Photography by Ian Cameron

Harris, Lewis & Uist Masterclass

Duration of Course: 7 day ------ £1595
(Single occupancy of twin/ double rooms - Half Board).

* Maximum group size FOUR

* Dawn - Dusk field tuition

* Evening critique / Illustrated lectures / PS work

* All transport at location included.

* Pick up/drop off to/from Inverness accommodation.

The Outer Hebrides are famed for having some of the most incredibly beautiful beaches of anywhere in the world.  The turquoise, azure and sapphire expanses of water shift in hue as the fine white coral sands reflect the sunlight through the shifting tides beneath colossal cloud flecked skies.  It goes without saying that this is a course for photographers that love the coast, but thankfully there is variety too, Harris offers superb mountain backdrops and a skyline dotted with islands.  The west coast of North Uist and Berneray faces the Atlantic ocean with sunsets to die for, it too has endless beaches often backed by sand dunes, but it also offers derelict thatched Blackhouses, forgotten wooden fishing boats and inexplicable island monuments and though we are a little early the first flush of the  machair, a wild flower garden of incredible density, which will be starting to renew.  Whereas Harris and the Uists are relatively mellow, the Lewis coastline goes for an altogether more rugged approach, the cliff scenery at Mangerstadh being the ultimate in coastal ruggedness, fearsome rock stacks and towering cliffs that wouldn't look out of place in the Harry Potter movies.  Even the sandy coves are markedly different, marbled chocolate and ebony black mineral enriched sand dotted with gorgeously marked Lewisian Gneiss, perhaps the oldest rocks on the planet.  There is precious little land between the Outer Hebrides and the east coast of North America so the rugged west coast beaches of the Outer Hebrides often receive the full force of the Atlantic weather with monstrous seas lashing the rocks and cliffs, sending plumes of spray high into the air.

The seven day workshop will help you get the very best out of the scenery on offer, not only in terms of the vast scenic expanses of sand and sea, but also from the smaller more intimate coastal studies, with fine tuned and carefully honed compositions that make the best of the colour palette on offer.  If you have never been to the Outer Hebrides the scenery will leave you thrilled and undoubtedly eager to return for more of the same, it is an experience not to be missed. 

Our journey will start from Inverness where I will pick you up early from your pre-booked accommodation departing for Ullapool and thence the car ferry across to Stornoway on Lewis.  From there we will drive to Tarbert in Harris where we will be staying single occupancy of twin/double rooms in the Harris hotel a lovely characterful building with charming staff and excellent meals.  This will be our base for the Harris and Lewis leg of our trip.  There are just four places available on this masterclass, it would be easy to open it up to more than that, but to do so would not be in keeping with the dreamy sense of isolation and loneliness that these remarkable islands demand, for that reason I have opted to keep participating numbers low.  On the fifth day of the tour we will depart Harris from the Leverburgh car ferry bound for Berneray and the Uists to visit the immense dune backed sandy beaches so typical of these islands.  Our new base for the next two nights will be the delightful Langass Lodge on North Uist, a wonderful place to stay, very pleasant and comfortable rooms with all the usual ensuite facilities and truly excellent local cuisine.  On the final morning of our stay we will take the late morning ferry from Lochmaddy to Uig on Skye and close the circle of our Outer Hebridean journey before making our way slowly back to Inverness taking advantage of any photo opportunities en route.  It is anticipated that we should arrive back in Inverness by 7.30pm in time to drop folk off at their accomodation or to catch the overnight sleeper train from Inverness to London.

I hope that you are able to join me on this repeat wonderful Spring based trip and I look forward to welcoming you to the group

Grade: Easy/Moderate Sandy beaches some dune climbing / short walks mostly less than 1 mile average fitness required.

A £300.00 deposit is required to reserve a place on this course.