Skye Harris and Lewis photo workshop

Destination summary

This Skye Harris and Lewis workshop focuses on two of  the most beautiful parts of Scotland. First up it’s the dramatic Trotternish landforms of the Quiraing and the classic Cullin views from Elgol on the Isle of Skye. Then over the Minch to the wild empty beaches, seascapes and standing stones of the Outer Hebridean Islands of Harris and Lewis. This is a photography workshop not to be missed.

The Isle of Skye needs little introduction and is without doubt one of Scotland’s most dramatic locations. We’ll start our practical sessions in the small fishing community of Elgol on the first evening where you’ll have time to explore a  variety of classic compositions. We’ll experiment with long exposures and I’ll go over the use of graduated neutral density filters and creating dynamic wide angle compositions. The following day will be spent  on the Trotternish ridge photographing the other worldly views around the magnificent Quiraing.

Later in the day we’ll board the car ferry to Outer Hebridean Isles of Lewis and Harris from Uig to to Tarbert on the Island of Harris . It’s here we’ll be based for 4 nights in the wonderful Harris Hotel.

From our base we’ll explore and photograph some of the finest beaches and wide open spaces in the British Isles including Scarasta, Seilabost and Luskentyre.  Soft light and clean, minimal compositions work in harmony here and if we’re lucky we can complement this with pastel hues to create some uniquely Hebridean images.

Other locations will include hidden coves on the Golden Road, Huisinis Bay, Mangersta’s wild and remote sea stacks, the mountains of Harris and the wonderful Neolithic Calanais standing stones (built around 4000 years BC) on the Isle of Lewis.

A great location and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Plus a great place to improve your photography and learn from your guide and tutor Glen.

Extra information

Start time  11:00 pick up in Inverness

End time 19:00 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 1 nights single occupancy room at the Tongadale Hotel, Portree and 4 nights single occupancy room at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert.

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.

*subject to availability

What to expect

This photography workshop  includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  This includes use of manual exposure, long exposures, use of Graduated and ND filters , landscape composition and light theory.

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.

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 surfaces. This can involve  short walks across rocky and uneven terrain. Walking times can be up to an hour, 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.


Skye Harris and Lewis Photo Workshop
22nd - 27th October 2018 - 6 days
Places available: Sold out
Trip fee: £1495.00
Booking deposit: £200
Starts / ends: Inverness


  • 5 nights single occupancy accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfasts
  • Pick up and drop off in Inverness
  • Return Ferry tickets - Harris and Lewis
  • Tea coffee and snacks
  • Practical guidance and tuition on location
  • Dawn, 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

  • The best hand picked locations
  • Isle of Skye
  • Old Man of Storr and the Quiriang
  • Harris and Lewis
  • Calanish neolithic stones
  • Luskentyre and Seilabost beaches
  • The Golden Road
  • Mangersta sea stacks
  • Huisinis Bay
  • Dun Carloway Broch
  • Harris Mountains and Glens
  • Deserted crofts
  • Uig Sands
  • On location image reviews
  • Plenty creative shooting time on location
  • Highland guide with expert tailored tuition
  • Outer Hebridean hospitality
  • Small groups ( max 6 ) for maximum freedom to photograph with One to One advice
The perfect blend of photo holiday and photo workshop. Glen was very knowledgeable about the sites which brought the islands to life.
Meticulously planned the days were full but never felt militant with flexibility to join as you wanted. Glen was always on hand to give helpful tuition, tips and critique whilst also giving us time to find our way ourselves.
Stunning locations and thanks to Glen I have some images that managed to capture the beauty of the place.
An excellent trip that I would recommend to novices and experts alike. Thanks for a great few days and your patience.
Karen Drummond - UK