ORKNEY ISLANDS SCOTLAND MAY 2018 – 2 places left

Orkney Islands Photo Adventure

Destination summary

This Orkney Islands Photo Adventure featuresa fantastic archipelago of islands about 10 miles off the Caithness coast in the far North East of Scotland. On Orkney you’ll be photographing the dramatic seascapes  around the Main Island and the dramatic Island of Hoy which lies of it’s west coast.

There is a very different feel to Orkney compared to Scotland’s western Hebridean islands. The Orkney Islands were once part of the  Norse and later Danish Earldoms and you’ll certainly get a sense of that. Orkney features rolling hills, coastal scenery, dramatic sea stacks, nesting Puffins, ancient standing stones and the beautiful 12th century St Magnus Cathedral.

All of these compete for the photographers attention and  provide a varied and rich set of subjects to complement your portfolio.

With long days at this time of year we will focus on afternoon, evening and dusk sessions with some free time in the morning to edit your images. You’ll also get to experience and photograph  Highland Park Distillery,  Scotland’s most northerly and one of it’s best Single Malt whiskies.

Extra information

Start time  11:00 – 11:30am Inverness pick up on the 7th
End time  16:30 – 1700 Inverness drop off on the 12th
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 rooms at Natural Retreats in John O Groats and Smithfield Hotel in Dounby, Orkney.

Essential equipment  tripod, your camera with lenses.
Non essential but recommended  Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight Neutral Density filters would be useful but not essential.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag.

What to expect

This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms.

 A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given.

Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.

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. 

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.

Orkney and Caithness Photo Adventure.
7th - 12th May 2018 - 6 days
Places available: 2 places left
Trip fee: £1495.00
Booking deposit: £200.00
Starts / ends: Inverness.


  • 5 nights single occupancy accommodation
  • Full Scottish Breakfast each morning
  • Pick up from Inverness and drop off
  • Ferry tickets to and from Orkney
  • Ferry tickets to and from Hoy
  • Highland Park entrance fee
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • Practical field tuition and guidance
  • Day and dusk sessions
  • Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie

Not Included

  • Transport to / from Inverness
  • Lunch or evening meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Yesnaby sea stacks
  • Remote wild beaches
  • Rolling green hills
  • Neolithic standing stones
  • Puffins nesting
  • Old Man of Hoy
  • St Magnus Cathedral
  • Stromness explored
  • Single Malt Whiskey distillery (and tasting)
  • Duncansby stacks dawn session
  • Dunnet head
  • John O' Groats
  • Creative compositions
  • Long exposure sessions and ND Graduated filters explained
  • Small groups (max 6 -7 )
  • Highland guide with local knowledge
"I had high expectations - it surpassed more than I imagined! Perfect weather and scenery and Glen's tuition and caring personality."
Peggy Mackenzie, UK