Join Imber Court Photo Training on this new photographic holiday in Scotland and The Outer Hebrides exploring this wonderful region of the UK. Starting in the Western Highlands of Scotland and based in Ullapool for three nights you will be photographing the stunning scenery north and south of Ullapool visiting The Summer Isles, Loch Assynt, Glenn Torridon, Loch Torridon and Loch Maree. Followed by seven nights exploring the Outer Hebrides including the islands of Harris, Lewis and North Uist. Based in Stornoway on Lewis for two nights and Tarbert on Harris for 5 nights. Mountains, moors and machair covered, white sandy beaches host the absolute best of Gaelic culture, land and seascapes, wildlife, food, drink, and arts. The Outer Hebrides are unlike anywhere you’ve ever been before. Home to otters, crofters, eagles, orcas and deer, the Outer Hebrides map is magical. A landscape defined by ice, wind, magical lighting conditions and ceaseless Atlantic pounding. So, if you’re looking for a captivating photographic island escape, look no further.
OCTOBER 2021 – Fully Booked
DATES FOR 2022 COMING SOON
British Airways flights from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Inverness. Departing T5 at 1305 on 11th October arriving Inverness 1445. Returning at 1535 on 22nd October and arriving back at Heathrow at 1655.
When arriving at Inverness Airport do not leave the airport building. Ashley will be waiting for you at the exit from the arrivals lounge into the main airport building.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD
Riverside in Ullapool, The Royal Hotel in Stornoway, and The Harris Hotel in Tarbert offer excellent hospitality all rooms are ensuite and everything is to an excellent standard. Breakfast and some evening meals will be taken at the hotel while there are some other excellent restaurants close by where we can eat in the evenings.
The cost of the holiday is £2295.00 per person. Group size is a maximum of seven which ensures that Ashley can give you his full attention throughout the trip.
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Transport to and from Heathrow Airport
Travel Insurance and personal equipment
Meals apart from breakfast
Alcohol and soft drinks
Any other items not mentioned as included
The ability to respond to the ever changing weather conditions will enhance your enjoyment of the trip. A waterproof jacket and fleece along with comfortable walking shoes are a must. A warm hat and gloves may come in useful. Casual clothing for the evenings at the hotel and other restaurants is fine.
BOOKING AND TRAVEL INSURANCE
|We accept bookings online, by phone and post. Please read our Terms and Conditions and complete our booking form which will be sent to you. For telephone bookings we accept debit and credit cards with no surcharge. All transactions are via Worldpay and are totally secure. A deposit of £500 is payable to secure your place with the remainder of your balance due 60 days prior to departure. If you prefer to pay by cheque or bank transfer, please let us know and an invoice will be emailed to you at the time of booking.
We strongly recommend that you are covered for cancellation, curtailment, and lost baggage.
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS SUMMARY
WHATS INCLUDED IN THIS PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY?
Below is a typical itinerary, this may inevitably change due to weather conditions so we will ensure that each location is visited at the most suitable time and in the most optimum conditions.
DAY 1 – PICK UP, INVERNESS AIRPORT AND TRAVEL TO ULLAPOOL
Morning British Airways flight from Heathrow T5 to Inverness. Ashley will meet you as you leave the arrivals hall at Inverness Airport. We will travel by minibus to Ullapool and check into Riverside with an evening meal booked at The Arch Inn. If time and weather allow, we may be able to squeeze in a short trip to Rhue Lighthouse for sunset.
DAY 2 – THE SUMMER ISLES AND LOCH ASYNT
After breakfast at Riverside, we will travel North of Ullapool and begin to explore the small lochs leading West towards The Summer Isles and the baron landscapes reaching out on to the Atlantic coast. A stop for lunch in Lochinver and then onto the beautiful Loch Assynt with its ancient Caledonian pines and ruined castle.
DAY 3 – LOCH TORRIDON, GLENN TORRIDON AND LOCH MARIE
Today we travel south from Ullapool to Glenn Torridon, Loch Torridon and Loch Marie. An area with some outstanding landscapes, seascapes, and waterfalls.
DAY 4 – TRAVEL TO STORNOWAY AND WEST COAST OF LEWIS
Check out of Riverside and the morning CalMac ferry to Stornoway a two and a half hour journey with some magnificent views whilst underway. On arrival in the Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) we will check into The Cabarfeidh Hotel on the outskirts of Stornoway for two nights. The afternoon will be spent in the beautiful area of Mealasta, wild Atlantic seascapes and beautiful rock formations on the west coast of the island.
DAY 5 – CALLANISH STONE CIRCLE, THE BLACKHOUSE VILLAGE, AND THE BUTT OF LEWIS LIGHTHOUSE.
Today we travel up the West coast of Lewis and our first stop will be the Callanish Stone Circle, which was erected in the late Neolithic era, and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. The Blackhouse Village is our next stop a coastal crofting village on north of Carloway. The area has been settled since ancient times, but the village at Gearrannan dates to the 17th century. Gearrannan inhabitants lived in a type of thatched cottage known as a ‘blackhouse’, built of stone and turf, with walls of double thickness. The dramatic view from the base of the towering red-brick lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis has nearly 360 degree views across waters busy with sea-life and skies full of birds. The cliffs are made of beautiful, twisted rocks and are home to an abundance of seabirds nesting along the jagged edges. On clear days, the mountains of the mainland can be seen to the east, while to the west the sea stretches out, towards America.
DAY 6 – ISLE OF HARRIS
During our stay on Harris, we will explore everything it has to offer from its beautiful beaches and wild coasts, amazing sunrises and sunsets, the pretty highland cattle grazing everywhere, the tiny villages and inlets along the Golden Road, seals basking on the rocks and much much more!
Travel south to the Isle of Harris and check in to The Harris Hotel in Tarbert. The Isle of Harris is quite simply an extraordinary place! To the north, the peaks provide remarkable Highland drama. To the south, the coast has staggering beaches hemmed in by wildflower-strewn machair and boulder fields. The scenery is absolutely amazing throughout the island, a photographer’s paradise! We visit Luskentyre and Rosamol beaches in the afternoon. Incredible white sands along with vivid colours and wonderful views.
DAY 7 – ISLE OF HARRIS
By now you will have started to unwind and realise that you have left the frantic pace of modern life behind. We start the day travelling along the road to Hushinish passing the disused whaling station with various stops on the way to capture the wonderful sites. During the afternoon we visit the area around Rodel and its tiny harbour.
DAY 8 – ISLE OF HARRIS
Today we follow The Golden Road south along the east coast visiting the many small inlets and villages amongst the wonderful scenery. The chance to see wildlife including white tailed eagles and seals basking on the rocks.
DAY 9 – NORTH UIST
A short weaving ferry journey from Leverburgh to Berneray, which is linked to North Uist by a causeway. North Uist has a wonderful pristine beach along its west coast and has a landscape of both fresh and saltwater lochs. Again, the area is a photographers and bird watchers paradise. Return ferry journey to Harris in the late afternoon.
DAY 10 – ISLE OF HARRIS
Our last day on Harris with the opportunity to visit your favourite places on the island again and perhaps a second chance to capture the shot that didn’t quite work out! There will also be the option to have a guided tour of the Harris Gin Distillery in Tarbert during the day.
DAY -11 – ISLE OF HARRIS TO ULLAPOOL
Check out of The Harris Hotel with a lunchtime ferry from Stornoway back to Ullapool, evening meal at The Arch Inn and a night at Riverside.
DAY 12 – TRAVEL TO INVERNESS AIRPORT AND FLIGHT BACK TO HEATHROW
A leisurely morning in Ullapool and late morning departure for Inverness, with a flight home to Heathrow in the late afternoon.
Please call us to book a place and for further information.