Wild Light – Isle of Arran Photography Retreat –  A walk on the wild side

Destination summary

The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde and is the most southerly of Scotlands Islands, it’s also the seventh biggest.  Just an hours ferry crossing from the mainland takes us to the small coastal town of Brodick where we disembark and start our adventure.

Known as Scotland in miniature the north of the island features high peaks, remote Glen’s, wild Atlantic coastline and picturesque villages.  You could be forgiven you were in the remote north west Highlands at times. The Islands highest peak is Goatfell (873m) and the drama of the  mountain range  is the backdrop for several of our locations.

To the south of the Island lie lower lands with little of it rising above 350m but still has plenty to offer the photographer. Geography ranges from open pasture, moorland with Celtic standing stones, woodlands, sandy beaches and coves.

Our itinerary will see us explore and circumnavigate the whole island, we may even capture sight of a Dolphin pod that regularly  patrols it’s shores.

Not your usual Arran photography workshop

You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Arran photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from many of the well trodden tourist locations as much as possible to seek out  wild, remote and unique Island landscapes,  and getting far away from the selfie sticks and tour buses.

By taking a walk on the wild side you’ll be staying in remote retreats such as Highland cottages and small guest houses that we’ll have exclusive use of for all our workshop needs.

This means you’ll have better access to photograph the wildest and most isolated Highland and Island locations. Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making them a more  intimate learning experience*.

Less is more

We have less participants crowding out locations and therefore you’ll gain a better insight into overcoming the challenges of photographing   wild places like the Highlands. Challenging maybe, but with expert help and guidance from your guide and award winning photographer Glen Campbell M.Photog  find your way to creating great images .

In the Wild Highlands and Islands there will be more time to enjoy the space, peace and sanctuary that one of Europe’s last wilderness areas can still offer.

The Learning

Your guide Glen has 17 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture. It can be challenging photographing  in tough conditions but this can also yield some dramatic imagery when the light is at its most dynamic as the weather changes rapidly. You can read some testimonials from previous participants here

You’ll learn how to adapt and capture transient moments of wonderful light as they happen.  An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested.    Finally in the evening we will review some of days images with the use of a high resolution projector over a dram or glass of wine .

The Accommodation

Self-catering rural Highland cottages, retreats  or small guest houses**  close by to our locations will ensure we make the most of our time and create a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals or on occasion venture to local pubs  that dot the region when available. You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a dram or two. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions.

Arran Photography workshop – Extra information

Start time  10:30 pick up in Halbeath park and ride*, Fife / North Queensferry station**

End time 18:00 drop off in Edinburgh / Halbeath

*You can leave your car at this big park and ride for free or ** small station 15 minutes out of Edinburgh

Accommodation 3 nights single occupancy room at a remote island  location close to some of our featured  locations

Essential camera equipment  SLR or Mirrorless camera systems that can take a filter system are ideal. Lenses – ultra wide angle to telephoto lenses – 16 mm full frame to 200mm ( or DX equivalent) , good quality solid tripod that is easy to use and a waterproof camera bag. Lens clothes and lens issue.

Clothing Good quality waterproof and wind proof jacket and over trousers, gloves / hat. Hiking boots that are waterproof / watertight – Gortex etc.

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.


I’ve been photographing the Highlands and Islands for over 11 years and one thing I’ve learnt is to be prepared to be working on all condtions.

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 Arran Photography locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy surfaces for up to 1hr. 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.

*Wild Light workshops  will be limited to 4 participants – it may vary on occasion, if this changes you will be notified.

** accommodation options will vary depending on availability


Wild Light Photo Retreat- Isle of Arran - 4 days
May 10th - 13th 2023
Places available - 4
Trip fee: £1295.00
Booking deposit: £150.00
Starts / ends: Inverness


  • 3 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast and refreshments.
  • Fully guided itinerary
  • Hands on tuition in the field and feedback
  • Pick up and drop-off Fife or Edinburgh (North Queensferry station)
  • Ferry tickets

Not Included

  • Transport to or from pick up point - Inverness
  • Lunches or evening meals
  • You must have adequate travel insurance for this trip

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Detailed itinerary
  • support and guidance
  • Goatfell
  • Glen Rosa
  • Pirates Cove
  • Ailsa Craig
  • Glen Sannox
  • Lochranza castle and Stags
  • The Holy Isle