Workshops: Highlands & Islands Masterclass
Duration of Course: 9 day ------ £2755
(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, 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 Spring begins to transition into Summer.
Spring is a great time to visit the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The grass thickens on the hills with young lush shoots and the Birch starts to flourish and burst with new growth. Perhaps more importantly especially in respect of the islands, the wind that rips through Harris and Lewis eases off and the weather becomes that much kinder and thankfully the midges are yet to emerge from their winter hibernation, the cooler nights generating mist over sun warmed ground and a slight coastal breeze keeping them at bay entirely. For those that don't relish a rough sea crossing you would have every reason to anticipate a relatively benign crossing.
The Highland & Islands masterclass is open to just four folk on a first come first served basis. You will spend three days in Inverpolly in my opinion the jewel of mainland Scotland after that we will take the ferry across from Ullapool to land at Stornoway on Lewis followed by an hours drive to the sensational beaches on Harris and finally it is on to the Isle of Skye for a final three days visiting some very different island scenery that has some 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, Harris, Lewis or Inverpolly into the Transient Light web search engine and a lengthy palette of images should show up on your screen.
On the Isle of Skye 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 and the legendary if busy Fairy Pools. There are many more beautiful locations but you will see them all for yourself and doubtless be enchanted by what they have to offer.
Harris and Lewis are justifiably famous for their astonishingly beautiful world class beaches, most of which are backed by either mountains or island views the former occasionally topped with snow. If you haven't done so view the images on theis website by typing Harris and Lewis into the Transient Light website search engine. Some of the beaches to look out for are Dail Baig and Dail Mor, on Lewis the first a black stone beach with grainy coffee coloured sand that marbles the beach and the latter a white sandy beach with deep channels cut into it from rivers that spill out and drain into the sea. Harris will blow you away if you haven't had the good fortune to visit before, sublime does not do it justice. have a look at the colossal expanse of mountain backed Luskentyre, the delicious coarse grained sandy beach of Traigh Mhor, (one of my very favourites), gorgeous Traigh Lar with its deeply etched sand furrows and the immense dunes of Scarasta together with its multi channelled salt flats that delight all that see them.
Before you even start your island traverse you will spend three days in Inverpolly staying at the Ceilidh Place in Ullapool, although the islands of harris, lewis and Skye ensnare the visitors with their many charms I can think of no finer Scottish location than the delights of Inverpolly with it's giant open scenery and picturesque and distinctive named peaks such as volcano lookalike Stac Pollaidh and the immense dome of Suilven and the stunning scenic beaches of Achnahaird bay and the castles and pine islands of Loch Assynt.
Alas there is only one conclusion you will draw from this journey, "I need more time and I need to return again".
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..
The following hotels will be used.
Pick-up from Inverness approx 10am 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" and "Inverpolly", into my website picture search system. They are outstanding areas of Scottish beauty.
Grade: Easy Short to medium distance walks with gentle inclines, average fitness required. Terms and Conditions apply.
A £500 deposit is required to reserve a place on this course.