SKYE HARRIS AND LEWIS WORKSHOP SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2025

Scotland photography workshop –  Skye, Harris and Lewis

Skye Harris and Lewis workshop – Destination summary

The return of the classic Scotland photography workshop on Skye, Harris and Lewis and one of the most popular Lightstalker trips over the last 15 years. This will be my 10th visit to the Outer Hebrides so you’ll be in experienced hands.

This photography adventure focuses on two of  the most beautiful parts of Scotland’s inner and Outer Hebrides.

 Skye needs little introduction and our first location takes us to the magical inner Hebridean Isle with the big reputation for landscape photography. Big on drama,   the Trotternish landforms of the Quiraing, the  seascape views from Elgol and the classic Cullin waterfalls and cascades of Glen Brittle will be the key focus of our attention.

After a comfortable 2 nights  on Skye and an early session in Sligachan we then take the Calmac ferry over the Minch from Uig  to the wild empty and pastel hued beaches and seascapes of Harris. This is a place where time slows down, space opens up and you have a feeling of peace and being “in the moment”.

Soft white sand, aquamarine seas and pastel green hues of the Machair grass combine to add a unique flavour  to our photography.

On the beaches of Luskentyre, Seilebost and Rosomal, you’ll be able to experiment with soft minimal compositions working at times with low light and water movement.

Help and advise will always be on hand from your tuitor and guide Glen – instructional advice on finding compositions, shot selections and lens choice are always on hand to get  you up and running.

Staying in the central comfortable and family owned Harris Hotel makes this the ideal base to explore and photograph some of the jewels that exist a short distance away. We’ll return here after each dusk session to a sociable and delicious evening meal featuring local produce and maybe sample some of the many single malt whisky’s in the well stocked cosy bar.

Later in the week we’ll venture north over the Harris mountains to Lewis, the bigger of the two joined islands, to the 5000 year old Callanish standings stones. We’ll have two sessions here, one in the afternoon and one at dusk to make the most of this fascinating location.

En route we’ll capture some truly spectacular scenes around the Harris mountains , Mangersta sea stacks and wild open Lewis landscapes.

A photo trip packed with great subjects and all in the wonderful isolation of the Outer Hebrides.

An editing masterclass and image critiques will also take place, allowing us to review our work from the trip.

Then is a unique part of the British Isles  a world away from the hustle and bustle of busy modern life where Gaelic is still widley spoken and the weather and light is a constant theatre of change.

This really is a photography workshop not to be missed so join your Highland guide Glen and challenge your photography in the Scottish Hebrides.

Extra information

Start time  10:00 pick up in Inverness on the 28th October 2025

End time 19:00 drop off Inverness 3rd of November 2025

Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3hrs approx ) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports

Accommodation 2 nights single occupancy at the Uig Hotel*  and 4 nights single occupancy room at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert with full Scottish breakfast.

Essential equipment to get the most out of the locations I recommend Camera system with lens focal lengths from wide angle to telephoto lenses (16 mm to 200mm focal length is ideal), good quality and sturdy tripod and a waterproof camera back pack. Good quality waterproof and wind proof jacket and over trousers, gloves / hat. Hiking boots that are waterproof / watertight – Gortex etc.

Non essential but recommended Filters including Polariser, Neutral density 6 0r 10 stop and  graduated filter system would be useful. I use Lee ND filters. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software.

*or the Portree Hotel subject to availability

What to expect

Autumn in the Hebrides is one of my favourite times to photograph. On Skye most of the crowds have gone , and the weather is a mixed bag of sun, showers and dynamic cloud. It can be challenging but it often produces some magic moments of wild light and drama.

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.

Weather
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.

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Skye Harris and Lewis Workshop
28th October - 3rd November 2025 - 7 days
Places available: 6
Trip fee: £2595.00
Booking deposit: £250.00
Starts / ends: Inverness

Includes

  • 7 day workshop with 6 nights single occupancy accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfasts
  • Pick up and drop off in Inverness
  • Return Ferry to Harris and Lewis
  • Refreshments
  • Practical guidance and tuition on location
  • Dawn, day and dusk sessions
  • Lightstalkers limited addition beanie .

Not Included

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

Lightstalker Highlights

  • The best hand picked locations
  • The Isle of Skye
  • Elgol, Sligachan, the Fairy Pools and the Quiriang
  • Outer Hebridean Islands of Harris and Lewis
  • Calanish neolithic stones
  • Luskentyre and Seilabost beaches
  • The Golden Road
  • Mangersta sea stacks
  • Lewis Beaches
  • 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