Photography by Ian Cameron

Skye Masterclass

Duration of Course: 5 days ------ £1225
(Single occupancy of twin/double rooms - Bed & Breakfast).

* Maximum group size FOUR

* Dawn - Dusk field tuition

* Evening critique / Illustrated lectures

* All transport at location included.

* Pick up/drop off to/from Inverness airport, bus and train Station.

The Isle of Skye is a landscape photographers dream, a must see place, but to get the best out of it you need to visit at the right time of year to avoid the burgeoning influx of tourism, yet still mix it with the type of conditions that photographers tend to favour.  This will inevitably mean that you need to work with the conditions you are given, granted it can be difficult when wind and rain batter the island from the Atlantic but by being flexible and having a little knowledge of where to go and what to shoot you can always expect to come away with some rewarding, if not stunning images. 

Late November and early December is my current first choice, there aren't that many deciduous trees on Skye so autumnal leaf fall is less relevant instead it is the colour of the grasses that influence the appearance of the scenery most.  Early December is likely to bring about mist, frost and perhaps even the first dusting of snow to the higher peaks and that has the capacity to transform and lend gravitas to the rugged landscape such that monochromatic tops bleed into rich autumnal colour below.  The dreaded midges of course will have packed their bags and gone into hibernation and the days will have reduced in length making sunrise and sunset times more palatable.  If we are fortunate to get some winter sunshine the light will be at such a low angle that even during the middle part of the day its quality will provide long shadows and great modelling for Skye's impressive arsenal of top notch landscapes.

The five day course will likely include hikes into the bizarre and magnificent Quiraing and into the spookily surreal valley at the foot of the Old Man of Storr, (weather permitting), followed by a steady climb to the best and most photogenic vantage points.  You will certainly get to visit the legendary Elgol beach with its magnificent view of the Cuillin ridge over the rocky foreshore.  Amongst the itinerary are The Cirque of mountains where the red and black Cuillin peaks combine to beautiful effect at Sligachan and the remote west coast marbled sand beach at Talisker bay and the astonishing location that is the Neist Point Lighthouse. 

The attractively sited Cuillin Hills Hotel on the outskirts of Portree has a fabulous view and will be our new hosts for this Skye course.  They are privately owned and offer good quality en-suite single occupancy accommodation in twin/double bedded rooms.  The accommodation for this course is bed and breakfast based, so you can make your own choice of one, two or three course meals from their diverse and fine quality evening menu, please remember to budget for your evening meals accordingly, since we are near to Portree a few more options become open to us for evening meals.  Perhaps best of all is the hotel's more central location, world class views are never far away, it also improves access to Elgol, The Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing which are all three considered  A- list landscape photographic locations.

The Transient Light package includes all transport around the Isle of Skye and both pick up and drop off from/too either the train station at Inverness on the commencement date of the course, or from your hotel or B&B accommodation in Inverness.  Skye is not an inexpensive island and is definitely busier than in previous years but with suitable seasonable management it is undeniably an amazing place to indulge in high quality landscape photography with your dedicated and enthusiastic instructor. (that's me!!). 

Grade: Moderate Medium distance walks with moderate inclines reasonable fitness required.

A £250.00 deposit is required to reserve a place on this course.