Isle of Skye and the West Highlands

Destination summary

The Isle of Skye and the West Highlands is our longest running Photo Adventure and it’s a classic, with the first day session featuring the former herring fishing village of Cromarty on the Black Isle and  the tumbling cascades and waterfalls of the Fairy Glen where we’ll focus on some technical aspects of photography. Your first day will finish with a dusk session on the northern shore of legendary Loch Ness.

Day two will see us take to the mountains, hills and lochs of Torridon where you’ll explore and photograph beautiful Glen Torridon and the shoreline of Loch Maree, Scotland’s 4th biggest, dotted with ancient Scots Pine and enjoy a evening meal in a great Highland pub.

Then you’ll head south west along the shores of Loch Ness and over to the Isle of Skye. After capturing Eilean Donan castle we take the bridge over to Skye for some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in Scotland.

Locations include the Red and Black Cuillins hills, Neist Point, Glen Sligachan, the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish peninsula. Magical dusk sessions at both remote Elgol and Talisker bay with is black boulder beach are a highlight of every Skye trip.

On our final day we’ll depart from Skye on the old turntable ferry to the small village of Glenelg, capturing the nearby  Iron Age Brochs and 18 century Bernera Barracks. From here we’ll trace our way back through the five sisters of Kintail, Glen Sheil and finally back to Inverness.

Extra Information

Start time  11:30  pick up in Inverness 19th August

End time 17:30 drop off Inverness on the 24th August

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 2 nights single occupancy room at the Lovat Arms Hotel, Beauly and 3 nights single occupancy room at the Old Inn Carbost on the Isle of Skye.

Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod.

Recommended: Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters (6 and 10 stop) 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.

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. 

Locations and fitness.
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.

Skye and the West Highlands Photo Adventure
19th - 24th August 2019 - 6 days
Places available: Sold out
Trip fee: £1645.00
Booking deposit: £200
Starts / ends: Inverness


  • 5 nights single occupancy accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfasts
  • Pick up from Inverness and drop off
  • Glenelg ferry
  • Tea coffee and snacks
  • Practical guidance on location
  • 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

  • Wild and remote Highlands landscapes
  • Torridon mountains
  • Loch Maree
  • Cromarty village
  • Loch Ness
  • The Skye Cuillins
  • Nest Point
  • The Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing
  • Talker Bay
  • Glen Shiel and Kintail
  • Glen Sligachan
  • Highland Heather in full bloom
  • Plenty creative shooting time on location
  • Small groups ( max 6 ) for maximum freedom to photograph
  • Highland guide with local knowledge
"This photo tour allowed me to meet some personally set objectives on key technical aspects as well as improving my level of confidence. This week was a great learning experience.
Your professionalism at understanding the needs and providing appropriate examples and reacting to each participant was appreciated.The Photoshop session was an eye opener! Above all you kept it informal, fun and dynamic."

Pascale Dominique Montreal - Canada