Photography by Ian Cameron

The Trossachs Masterclass

Duration of Course:   5 nights ----- £1295
(Single Occupancy of twin/double rooms).

* Maximum group size FIVE

* Dawn - dusk field tuition

* Evening lectures / review / Photoshop post processing work

* All transport at location included.

Autumn has got to be one of the most sensational times of year for landscape photographers.  Any decent sized area containing deciduous woodland quite literally turns to gold and blazes with a rich tapestry of colour.  One area that responds particularly well to the onset of autumn is the Trossachs on the eastern side of Loch Lomond.  It is remarkably close to the cultural centre of Scotland, Glasgow, but for all it's proximity it could just as easily be worlds away.  Cool autumnal mornings fill low lying glens with mist, that hangs wraith like over mirror smooth lochs, only rising clear with the first warming kiss of sunlight.  The combination of colour and atmosphere is truly magical and I have done my very best to time this particular course with peak autumn colour.

Areas of special interest will be Conic Hill, and Beinn A'an with opportunities to climb both, they offer stunning views for relatively little effort.  Then there is beautiful Loch Achray with it's autumnal borders frequently mirrored and swathed in mist, Loch Rusky with its pale blue row boats floating and reflected in dawn mist and Loch Ard with mist, reed beds, quaint wooden boat sheds and even the odd jetty.  The Queens Pass, and finally the wilder areas leading down to East Lomond at Loch Chon, and beautiful Loch Arklett.  There is a wealth of opportunity close at hand for us to explore both the intimate and wider view.  Last of all there is an unbelievably stunning hidden glen of outstanding beauty in an admittedly tough to access gorge which has to be seen to be believed.  See image above.  

During your stay you will be based at the totally fabulous and enormous six double/twin bedded Stronachlachar Lodge.  It is self catered, but with a difference.  Just a 60 second walk from the Lodge house you can get a hot cooked breakfast, your lunch, and by special arrangement, (it has been arranged), an evening meal at the simply delightful Pier Cafe which appears to float over the exquisite beauty of gorgeous Loch katrine on the wild eastern borders of Loch Lomond.  I have included a link to the Stronachlachar Lodge HERE so you can see for yourself how wonderful this place is.

Here's a little extra thought for you.  I don't usually recommend that non-photographic partners attend these relatively intensive photographic courses as often there is very little else to do, but I honestly believe that this might be a worthy exception to that rule.  Such is the beauty of this place, that the simple pleasure of chilling in the empty lodge, (we photographers will be out exploring), walking in the gardens, reading a book gazing through picture windows onto stunning Loch katrine, or even taking a leisurely boat trip to the far end of loch Katrine from the Pier Cafe, must surely be considered idyllic, with or without your own private transport.  Partners that wish to stay in the Lodge are very welcome to attend and join us for meals if they wish, I am unable to offer assistance in regards of transport but I suspect most will drive with their partner to the location anyway.  The additional cost for partners staying at the Lodge would be £32 (UKP) per night, breakfast, lunch and evening meals at own expense.

Each photographer will stay single occupancy (assuming no partner attends), in a self catered, fully equipped 6 double/twin bedroomed Lodge House.  The rooms are not ensuite but there are two large bathrooms.  Breakfast and evening meals are at own expense, but as mentioned earlier are easily obtained from the nearby Pier Cafe just 60 seconds walk from the Lodge, a  very nice breakfast and pleasant meals they are too. 

Last year the accommodation for this course was based at a hotel in Drymen, which despite being a chain hotel performed well below par.  A pity as in every other respect the Trossachs course offered some stunning landscapes to photograph.  I think the problem with the accommodation has been more than handsomely addressed and I am very confident that this will be one of the finest places to stay of  any Transient Light course.

Please note we cannot get into the Stronachlachar Lodge before 15.00 hours on the first day of the course and we have to vacate the premises by 10.00 hours on the last day so rather than make this a five day course I have opted to spend an extra night here and we will finish at 10.00 hours on the final morning of 04 November 2018

Grade: Moderate Mostly short duration walks but occasional hill climbs in fine weather.  Average fitness required.

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

30 Oct - 04 Nov 2018 (5 night) photo

30 Oct - 04 Nov 2018 (5 night)