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Isle of Skye Adventure Photography Workshop

Spend a weekend learning from award-winning photographers in one of the most photogenic places on earth. 1 day off work.

I'M UP FOR
Adventure School
DURATION
2 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Rough and Ready
LOCATION
United Kingdom
SEASON
April, May, August
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Pack your camera and explore the wild landscapes of the Isle of Skye. Your guides will take you off the beaten track with a focus on excellent lighting and unique points of view. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph famous landmarks like Storr and the Quiraing, as well as waterfalls, wildlife and castles. Whether you’re looking to improve your photography skills or are just learning, the Isle of Skye is the best classroom in the U.K. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days of professional instruction from award winning photographers
  • 2 nights at a boutique hostel
  • All meals
  • Local transportation in a luxury minibus
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
This trip is designed for new and experienced photographers who want to advance their skills in one of the most beautiful and photogenic landscapes in the world.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Inverness
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch on the first day, dinner on the last day
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Photography equipment (available for rent)
  • Tripod (£10)
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6.

Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You need to be able to walk unaided over mixed terrain for a couple of hours at an easy pace. You may need to negotiate rocky shorelines which requires a reasonable sense of balance and agility. This trip is suitable for beginner or experienced photographers.

Your instructors are award winning photographers who have led photography trips on the Isle of Skye for 6 years. They have plenty of wisdom to impart whether you’re a new or advanced photographer.

Skye has a very diverse landscape, so you’ll be able to practice your skills on mountains, beaches, waterfalls, coastlines, lochs, rock formations and more. You’ll also see wildlife like otters and sea eagles.

Specific skills you can work on include long exposure, wildlife, sunrise and sunset, and seascapes.

Visiting Skye in the shoulder season allows you to capture sunrise and sunset, and avoids the clouds of midges that are present during the summer.

Meals are standard and tasty. You’ll be served a continental breakfast at the hostel, while lunches and dinners will be taken at local cafes and restaurants.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

Spring and fall temperatures in the north of Skye are generally moderate, ranging from 7 – 12 °C in May and October. It’s a little warmer in July and September, averaging 9 – 15 °C.

Clear days are rare, but cloudy skies make for more interesting photographs anyways!

Pack plenty of layers to stay warm and dry from dawn to dusk. Don’t forget to bring:

  • Camera gear and tripod
  • Backpack for carrying personal gear on hikes
  • Head torch
  • Waterproof hiking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

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Location

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The Isle of Skye is one of the most diverse and breathtaking landscapes in the world, making it a perfect destination for photographers. With an abundance of rock pinnacles, waterfalls, lochs, castles and wildlife, you’ll never run out of subjects.

The Quiraing is a landscape in the north of the island formed by a massive landslip. There are cliff faces, rugged vales, desolate plateaus, and an enchanting coastline, all perfect for hiking and photography.

The Storr is a rocky massif with remarkable pinnacles and cliff faces that change texture and colour as the light shifts throughout the day.

You’ll visit these famous sights at off-peak hours that are perfect for photography and allow you to avoid crowds. You’ll also visit several off-the-beaten-track destinations in the north and south of the island.

Start point

Inverness Airport - 14:30
Your adventure begins at Inverness Airport (INV)with your airport transfer at 14:45. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. If you’re not able to join the transfer, you can book any flight and easily make your own way to the meeting point in the centre of Inverness at 14:15 where you’ll meet your fellow adventurers. Alternatively, if travelling from London you can take an overnight train and meet the group at 14:15 in the centre of Inverness. The easiest way is to jump in a taxi for a quick 15-minute transfer from the airport.

Finish point

Inverness Airport - 15:30
At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Inverness Train Station at 15:00 or at the airport (INV) around 15:30. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 17:00.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival, Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle

Your host will meet you in Inverness around midday, then transfer you to your first destination in a luxury minibus.

Stop at Loch Ness and iconic Highland castles to get you in the mood for the coming weekend. Your guide will assess your level of camera skills so the following days can be tailored to your ability.

Continue to the north of the island and check into a boutique hostel with incredible sea views and easy access to several top photography destinations.

Photograph sunset and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, then head to bed to rest up for tomorrow’s early start.

1 – 2 hours of photography

Saturday: The Quiraing, hiking workshop and sunset

Wake up early to explore the breathtaking scenery of the Quiraing, a mystical landscape of cliffs and pinnacles backed by the sea.

Hike to hidden plateaus and photograph the changing morning light from the best viewpoints of this world renowned landscape.

Head back to the hostel for breakfast, then spend the rest of the morning relaxing or working on your photography skills.

After lunch at a local café you’ll set out on an afternoon hike through the wild terrain of northern Skye. Your instructors will help you improve your technique.

Finish the workshop with a sunset photo shoot, then return to civilisation for a hearty dinner.

4 – 5 hours of hiking, 4 – 5 hours of photography

Storr, Southern Skye and departure

Awaken early for another dawn photo workshop, this time at the iconic rock pinnacles of Storr.

You’ll hike to the best viewpoints and workshop your skills as the light slowly changes on the cliff faces.

Hike back down and begin the return trip to Inverness.

You’ll drive through southern Skye, stopping often to photograph famous and scenic sights. Enjoy lunch at a café along the way.

Your trip will end in Inverness in the afternoon. Return home with a full memory card of incredible photographs and a suite of new skills.

2 – 3 hours of hiking, 2 – 3 hours of photography

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at the Cowshed Boutique Bunkhouse in the town of Uig. The hostel is brand new with excellent facilities and gorgeous sea views. The bunkrooms contain 4 - 6 beds, each equipped with a personal reading light, charging socket, lockable cupboard and privacy curtain. The hostel supplies linens, free high-speed wifi, and the best sunset vantage point in town.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Canon 5D II or 7D II with 16-35mm L Series Lens Payable Before Departure
Canon 5D II or 7D II with 16-35mm L Series Lens (incl. Tripod) £40.00
Tripod £10.00

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