Isle of Skye Masterclass workshop

Destination summary

It’s back , the Isle of Skye winter masterclass.

Welcome to the Cloud Island as the Vikings used to call the Isle of Skye. If it’s stunning Scottish landscapes you’re looking for then this is where to start. Skye has been listed as one of Europe’s top ten Islands to visit and there are plenty good reasons to back that up. The island sees hoards of visitors in the spring and summer months but in winter you’ll get to experience the islands quieter side during this Scotland photography workshop.

Skye’s sea cliffs, breathtaking vistas, jagged Gabbro mountains that vanish into the swirling mists, shimmering lochs, streams and pockets of quiet and calm that seem a million miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

This trip will focus on getting some creative compositions of The Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing,  Elgol and the Cuillin and the Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle from dawn until dusk.

Since the late 90’s The Isle of Skye has been connected to the mainland by the Skye bridge but it still keeps its remote island and edge of the world charm. Its dramatic peninsulas, mountains, wild and romantic history  have all been well documented over the years.

You’ll be getting a great introduction to this wild Atlantic island in winter as you photograph some of its most celebrated places, editing your images in comfortable accommodation  then reviewing our portfolio’s from our 4 days on Skye.

I’ve been photographing and guiding photographers on Skye since 2009  and if the conditions are right winter offers wonderful Highland  landscapes scenes. So book your place, catch the wind and take on the sheer beauty of the Misty Isle of Skye this Winter.

Extra information

Start time pick up Inverness – 09:15 am – 16th February

End time – drop off Inverness 5:30pm – 19th February

Accommodation – Tianavaig View Apartments,  single occupancy accommodation in Portree  with breakfast.

Essential equipment  sturdy tripod, your camera with lenses ( ultra wide to telephoto recommended).
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 and outdoor clothing.

Skill level – Suitable for beginners, intermediate and more advanced photographers

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 changeable at anytime of year especially in winter 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 misty and wet at times but it’s not unusual to get  cold snaps with frost snow or ice . 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 and some can involve short hill walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy muddy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way up hill ( Old man of Storr), 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.

Classic Isle of Skye Masterclass workshop
16th - 19th February 2024
Places available: 1 place left - max 5
Trip fee: £1295.00
Booking deposit: £200.00
Starts / ends: Inverness.


  • 3 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast
  • Pick up from Inverness and drop off
  • Transport around locations
  • 4 days of professional, technical tuition in the field and image critiques
  • Dusk & dawn sessions
  • Hand picked classic Skye locations
  • Seascapes and Long exposure instruction
  • Refreshments on location
  • 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

  • Elgol seascape dusk session
  • Old Man of Storr dawn session
  • "Working" the Quiraing landscape
  • Image editing and fine tuning
  • Loch Torrin and Blaven
  • The Fairy Pools
  • Creative compositions
  • ND Filters explained
  • Small groups ( max 4 )
  • Scottish guide with 20 years of experience in guiding and tuition.
It was a fantastic experience to shoot at Skye. The landscapes were amazing and Glen's efforts in order to make sure everything went well were super too. The chances of reporting the a workshop with Glen are high. Pedro Castro - Portugal 2016