Glencoe Photo Workshop

Destination summary

Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mists and mountain peaks caught in the clouds.  Tumbling Highland rivers and burns cascading over rocks and plunging into deep peaty coloured pools.  It’s a place that quintessentially wraps up all that is “Highland” and captures photographer’s imaginations the world over.

On this workshop you’ll really get a chance to immerse yourself in some truly spectacular Scottish landscapes, from the Majestic Buachaille Etive Mòr guarding the entrances to both Glen Etive and Glencoe to the wild open Rannoch Moor and the distant Black Mount.

The best way to capture and experience Glencoe is to park up and wander its paths and trails. Some meander deep into the Glen where the River Coe navigates its course around giant glacial boulders and plunges down into narrow gorges disappearing into blackness. Others paths traverse the northern side along the old military road with stunning vistas of the Glen’s three sisters and River Coe and small Highland lochans.

Other locations include a trip down the shores of  Loch Linnhe to Castle Stalker for a dusk session. Not as well know as its famous neighbour, beautiful Glen Etive and the River Etive feel remoter and quieter but still full of drama.

The rivers, waterfalls, mountains and history of this corner of Scotland will provide you with plenty of dramatic and romantic winter imagery to complement your portfolio. It’s one of the most evocative parts of Scotland and a workshop and location that has to be experienced. Book your place online.

Extra information

Start time 10:30 pick up Inverness

End time 17:30 (approx ) drop off Inverness

Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports

Accommodation single occupancy ensuite room at the Tigh Na Cheo Hotel, Kinlochleven with full Scottish Breakfast. Packed lunches will be supplied and we’ll grab an evening meal at one of the pubs convenient to our locations at the end of each day

Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod.

Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag.

Skill level beginners to advanced

What to expect

This photo workshop includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  The conditions can be challenging but you’ll learn to beat the elements and hone your skills to get the results that have impact.

We’ll explore the use of filters, creating awareness of weather, light quality and direction learning to use this to our advantage. Picking out the subject elements to leave in and leave out of our compositions. An image review, critique session and creative Adobe Photoshop image editing session will also form part of the program.

As with Photo Adventures participants will be invited to share their final 6 image folio online with their fellow participants and Glen via a secure online link after the trip.

Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. Winter days can be mild and wet or cold and wintery, so pleas bring good gloves, a balaclava might be handy too.

Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location.

All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure  or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.


Glencoe Wild Light Winter Workshop
26th - 29th January 2018
Places available - available
Trip fee: £995.00
Booking deposit: £150
Starts / ends - Inverness


  • 3 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast
  • Packed lunch supplies.
  • Transport to and from Glencoe
  • Dusk and dawn sessions
  • Practical field tuition and guidance
  • Image review and critique session
  • Photoshop image editing demo

Not Included

  • Initial transport to Inverness
  • Lunches
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance

Lightstalker Highlights

  • The best Glencoe locations
  • Glencoe Lochans
  • Glencoe and River Coe
  • Glen Etive and River Etive
  • River Coupall and Buachaille Etive Mòr
  • Rannoch Moor and Lochan na h-Achlaise
  • Castle Stalker
  • Loch Achtriochtan
  • Small group - max 6
  • Explore the hidden parts of this magnificent location on foot.
  • Create dramatic moody landscapes with the wow factor
  • Graduated filters explained
  • Neutral density filters and long exposures
  • Creative compositions
  • Experience the quieter side of Glencoe in winter
  • Highland guide with local knowledge
"The camaraderie among the members of the group has been enjoyable. It is good to share our experiences of wild places and wild weather with like minded people. Glen has encouraged us to extend our photographic abilities and shared his skills in Landscapes photography and his love of the area. " Chris Reichl - Australia