Join Glen in his native Scotland where he’s been guiding and tutoring photographers since 2009.  Thoroughly researched locations all over the Highlands and Islands, Edinburgh and out of the way places.

Get off the tourist trails and  join AIPP Master Photographer Glen to experience the best of Scotland.

The Lightstalker’s experience –   sociable, fun, smaller groups catering for everyone, expertly organised and productive photography tours.

ONE TO ONE PHOTO WORKSHOPS AND TUITION IN SCOTLAND

January 5, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

ONE TO ONE PHOTO WORKSHOPS IN SCOTLAND A half-day or single days practical tuition or multiple days guidance in the field with expert tuition and support. One to one photo workshops in Scotland offer the most basic introductions into photography or if you’re more advanced,  sessions that explore more contemporary techniques and challenging locations. Each session includes a retrospective  critique and review of your own recent work. All one to one  workshops are tailored to your individual requirements and a brief chat at the start will give Glen an insight into where your at. Customised Gift Certificates are now available. So whether you wish to learn the basics, improve your skills, or just take a tour to simply capture the wild natural beauty of Scotland, you’ll always receive a warm welcome and have an excellent and memorable experience. – Contact me now here. One to one options at a glance:  Master Your Camera £175 – half day Creative Landscape & Travel Photography Tuition from £295  – single day (7hrs ) Custom tour or Solo sessions  from  £795.00 for up to 2 days on location*  Deposits start from £95.00 to secure bookings. Please note sessions run from late August to late May only, this is  to avoid the busier tourist season and harsh light. *Multiple day rates do not included accommodation for guests. Master your Camera (MYC) Half day one to one photo workshops are a great introduction for getting started or for those trying to refresh their skills. We cover the basics of digital camera controls, shooting in manual mode, histograms and composition while  having all your questions answered and  capturing some great images. Half Day fee: £175.00 per person (4hrs duration) additional participants £35.00 p/p – max 4) Basic equipment use and advice ( tripods, lenses, filters etc) what you need and what you don’t Shooting in manual and mastering exposure Optimising camera functions, Using histograms Simplifying composition Location options  The Kingdom of Fife  – St Andrews and Fife’s East Neuk coastline (pick up from St Andrews or Kirkcaldy station or convenient location if your driving) Edinburgh – Capital city sessions and the Bridges – meet in Edinburgh Creative Landscape and Travel photography day sessions These sessions are more focused on the “creative side” of your photography. Single day £295.00* /  (up to  7hrs duration*) Additional participants £95.00 (max 3 participants) Some topics covered include: Equipment advice – having the right gear for the job Simplifying creative composition Focal length and aperture Long exposure and bracketing / ND Filters Neutral density and graduated filters – the do’s and don’ts Light quality – Light is King – when its good and when its not.. Q&A sessions all your question’s answered.. write them down and bring them .. Image workflow in Photoshop or Lightroom – some time to edit two of the days images..* You’re also encouraged to bring selection of your previous images in digital format for review and assessment, a valueable learning experience in itself. *Time permitting. Day Session Locations  I’ve created several itineraries that offer some visual variety. From classic Scottish mountain scenery, natural landscapes, evocative woodlands, seascapes, historic villages, monuments, sculpture to modern city life in the ancient setting of Edinburgh’s old town. The Kingdom’s  Coast – Fife St Andrews & the fishing villages and seascapes of the East Neuk of Fife. – Pick up in St Andrews or Kirkcaldy train station, a short train ride from Edinburgh’s centre. Central Highlands – The Heart of Scotland ** Perthshire and Stirlingshire are wonderful at anytime of year and you’ll venture into a land of woodlands, waterfalls, rivers and burn. From the Hermitage and Birks of Aberfeldy to remote Glen Lyon with hidden gorges and dramatic peaks. Meander  through the Mountains and Glens in the majestic central Highlands to create simple, evocative scenes – Pick up Broxden P&R in Perth  Myths and Monuments – Fife, Stirlingshire and West Lothian Delve into Scotland’s history in the coastal village of Culross (Outlander and Kidnapped), Stirling Castle, the Mythical Kelpies, Linlithgow Palace and the Forth Bridges – Pick up in Dunfermline or North Queensferry stations Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park** Featuring  Forests, mountains, villages,  misty Lochs and Glens. This is a location,  popularised and romanticised by Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth and roamed by Rob Roy this is a beautiful and accessible part of Scotland that’s close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. 7 hour session  – Pick up North Queensferry station / Stirling / Dunfermline or meet in Aberfoyle .  ** location has a £45 supplement per day. Multiple day custom sessions include Skye, Glencoe, Torridon and Inverpolly / Assynt. Participant accommodation is additional and based on your preferences . All one to one sessions are ran on demand and subject to availability. They include  tuition, guiding, transport to locations and refreshments. Custom Tours  & Solo Sessions I understand some people like to do their own thing and that’s great. So either on your own, with a group of friends or associates I can tailor a guided Custom Photo Tour in Scotland with tuition to suit your preferences. Not sure where you want go ? Guided and fully escorted Solo sessions are also available  with set itineraries to the Isle of Skye, Glencoe and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are available for up to 3 days click here to view options. Custom Tour and Solo Sessions From £795.00 2 days – single participant From £995.00 3 days – single participant Based on 8hr sessions,  longer sessions may be available and certain times of year and quoted for on request. Includes most mainland locations and Skye. Inner and Outer Hebridean islands will have additional costs. With over 12 years of experience guiding photographers here in Scotland you’ll be in good hands. Additional participants £95.00 each for 2 day itineraries and £125.00 for 3 day itineraries – (max 3 participants). Develop your skills and create some memorable imagery. You’ll have all your questions answered and be given tips and ideas to increase your skill set. Drop me a line and I’d be happy to discuss your options. Inverness based locations include Loch Ness, the Black Isle, Torridon, Inverpolly, The North West Cairngorm National Park and the Moray Coast. You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel or accommodation each day. Location based options*  – Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, the Isle of Skye, Inverpolly and Assynt – North west Sutherland The Isle of Mull. This option may include an overnight stay at a hotel or guest house convenient to our location which means we have more time for photography. Extra Info Custom and Solo Sessions are subject to availability  and some locations are better suited to certain times of the year. Additional  fees for overnight accommodation depending upon your requirements will apply. Please bring a selection of previous images on USB stick or laptop for review and assessment if you can. Custom and Solo Sessions do not include accommodation, transport to pick point or meals. Gift vouchers available. Safety first  During one to one photo workshops you’ll have the option to travel in safety and comfort  with Glen or tag along in your own vehicle with plenty stops along the way.  

GLENCOE WORKSHOP – SOLO SESSIONS SCOTLAND

January 14, 2021 12:02 pm Published by

Destination summary One of the most stunning and  infamous Glen’s in Scotland and one that’s become a mecca for photographers, climbers and hikers that roam its peaks, valleys and trails. For me Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mist around mountain peaks caught in the clouds. With nearby Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive also offering evocative Highland scenes, these also deserve to be explored and photographed. During  your two days on this Glencoe workshop you’ll be taken to some of the best spots and advised how to maximise the potential at each location. At the end of the first day’s sessions we’ll visit a local Highland pub for a bite to eat and drink and review your days work. Glencoe workshop group size  Solo or with a couple of friends, associates or partners – max 3 participants Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to  availability. Please note sessions run from late August to early June only to avoid the peak tourist times, please contact Glen here with your request or enquiry. Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions: 2 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location in Glencoe and surrounding area Longer sessions are available with applicable fees At the end of the first days sessions we’ll visit  local Highland pub for a bite to eat and drink and review your days work. Pick up day 1 – Perth at 8am or your Glencoe accommodation at 9:30** Drop off day 2 – Perth 18:30 or your Glencoe accommodation at 16:30 Start / end times may vary depending on the time of year. ** later in spring / summer to accommodate a dusk shoot on day 1. Sessions can also be split into two when the days are longer in summer to offer better conditions at dusk. Experience level  Each solo session can be tailored to each participant – Beginners learning the ropes and finding their way around their camera Photographers with experience and a good understanding  wishing to increase their skillset and capture great images Advanced and seasoned photographers seeking out the optimum from their equipment and each location Partners are also welcome to join as additional participants, just bring your walking boots and and outdoor clothing. Accommodation You may already be based in Glencoe and have accommodation and if thats the case you’ll be picked up and dropped off there. If not you will need accommodation for the night, this is additional and can be from as little as £25 p/p for shared bunk house accommodation or venues to suit your preference. Full details and costs based on your requirements are available on request. The Learning We never stop learning. On this Glencoe workshop being on location is a refreshing and  practical way to dramatically  increase your skills whether your gaining confidence with your camera and equipment or mastering creative competitions  or  subtle use of filer systems. In outdoor photography reading the conditions and anticipating what might happen next are all important decsions. Matching the right location to the elements and light quality are key to creating successful images in camera. Not only that its great fun enjoying and taking in the wild surroundings and adapting to new skills learnt. Whatever your needs Glen is more than prepared to assist you and guide you through your on personal photography  journey. If possible please bring some of your recent images for retrospective critique and review. Deposit £150.00 – please contact Glen to confirm availability.

EDINBURGH GLENCOE AND SKYE, ICONIC SCOTLAND – SOLO SESSIONS

March 4, 2021 6:53 pm Published by

Destination summary Edinburgh Glencoe and Skye – Explore, capture and create at three of Scotland’s most iconic locations including the capital  Edinburgh, magnificent Glencoe and the dramatic Isle of Skye and all points in-between. This Iconic Scotland Solo session is ideal for photographers that are short on time but still want have the opportunity to experience and photograph some of the most well known and dramatic locations in Scotland. The Iconic Scotland sessions start with an afternoon/evening guided walking photo tour with Glen in the nations capital  Edinburgh. You’ll then  travel across the Firth of Forth to photograph the World Heritage listed Forth Rail Bridge, then onto mythical Kelpies before a brief stop to capture the Wallace monument in Stirling. We then continue  North into the Scottish Highlands with a night in Glencoe and then crossing the Skye bridge to explore the  Isle of Skye to photograph some of the finest landscapes in Europe. All with expert guidance, support and info on hand to make this tour the complete experience. At the end of your solo session you’ll have to option to remain on Skye or travel onwards to Inverness ( via Loch Ness ) where you’ll be dropped off late afternoon or early evening. Iconic Scotland  group size Solo session means the focus is on you, with time taken to make sure you get the shots you want. Or if you prefer you can bring a partner or a couple of friends or associates for an additional fee – max 3 participants Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to availability for your preferred dates – Please note sessions run from late August to early June only, contact Glen here with your request or enquiry. Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions: 1 x 4.5 hr session in Edinburgh and 3 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location in Glencoe and the Isle of Skye Starts in Edinburgh – ends in Inverness  Day 1 Meet up in central Edinburgh 4.5 hrs prior to sunset* for a photo walking tour around the city ( *start times may vary depending on the time of year) you’ll overnight in Edinburgh. Day 2 From central Edinburgh you’ll take the short train ride out to North Queensferry (20mins) where you’ll be met and guided to locations around the Forth Bridges. From here we travel to the Kelpies for  short session before and brief stopover in Stirling to capture the Wallace monument. We then travel up into the Highlands for an afternoon session around Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, traveling through the Glen we’ll pick out the best locations and shoot until dusk to make the most of our time. Day 3  After breakfast we’ll continue north and if its in view, we’ll capture the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis from the shores of Loch Eil complete with ship wreck to add a little mystery and drama. A little later we’ll arrive on the Isle of Skye and head west out through Strathaird and along the shores of Loch Torrin to capture a range of subjects including an old chapel, ruins, waterfalls, the red and black Cuillin hills  and one of the most iconic viewpoints in Scotland from Elgol at dusk. We  then make our way back to our accommodation in Broadford. Day 4  After and early breakfast we head up to Trotternish via Portree , one of Skye’s most location packed and accessible peninsulas to photograph the Old Man of Storr over Loch Leathan. We’ll  then take a short hike below the Quiraing for another incredible vista, one of the best in Scotland. We’ll explore Staffin beach and the views  back across to the Quiraing and then make our way back down to Sligachan where the Red and Black Cuillins need to photograph the river, old bridge and mountain peaks. From Sligachan you can choose to remain on Skye and be dropped off at the capital Portree ( bus connections to all major points or there is a  rail link in the Kyle of Lochalsh) or onwards to the highland capital Inverness where you’ll be dropped early evening. Experience level  Each solo session can be tailored to each participant – Beginners learning the ropes and finding their way around their camera Photographers with experience and a good understanding  wishing to increase their skillset and capture great images Advanced and seasoned photographers seeking out the optimum from their equipment and each location Partners are also welcome to join as additional participants, just bring your walking boots and and outdoor clothing. Accommodation So you can suit your own budget and taste Solo Sessions don’t include participant accommodation in Edinburgh, Glencoe or Skye. For Glencoe suitable, practical accommodation is available in Ballachuilsh, Glencoe, Kinlochleven, Kings house – there are also campsites and bunkhouses available. For Skye, suitable, practical accommodation is available in the village of Broadford, Harrapool and Lower Breakish. If you need any help or advice just ask. Deposit £200.00 – please contact Glen directly confirm date availability and other preferences.

EDINBURGH PHOTO TOUR – STREET SOLO SESSIONS SCOTLAND

August 17, 2019 1:02 pm Published by

Destination summary This one to one or small group Edinburgh Photo Tour unlocks some of the secrets and  techniques of urban landscape or  street photography while exploring Scotland’s  captivating capital city. You’ll be accompanied on foot by professional, award-winning Master Photographer, Glen Campbell. Known as the “Athens of the North” or “Auld Reekie”, Edinburgh’s  streets, lanes and closes are well worn with centuries of fascinating history.  At its focal point sits  a fortress, Edinburgh Castle perched high on a volcanic rock above the city. Other highlights on the Edinburgh Photo Tour include  churches, grave yards,  old lanes, a hidden village, Unesco World Heritage listed architecture,  parks and monuments and the city’s  quirkier side. You’ll learn about tuning into the environment around you to create silhouettes, abstracts, juxtapositions, motion blurring , what makes a classic  blank and white , story telling and more. On the technical side we’ll explore focal lengths, shooting modes and composition. I lived in Edinburgh for 2 years and loved the freedom that the city offers. There is so much going in the centre of this  compact city, which makes exploring it on foot pretty easy with just a couple of hilly bits to negotiate. Some tours can aim to finish at a good vantage point at dusk (other times on request) to capitalise on the golden hour over the city should the conditions be favourable. So the exact time start time will depend upon the time of year and your preference. Group size  Solo or with a couple of friends, associates or partners – max 4 participants Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to  availability for your preferred dates. Please note sessions run from September to early June only, please contact Glen here with your request or enquiry. Edinburgh Photo Tour – The Sessions Beginners to advanced with a camera or an iPhone. Recommended focal lengths 35mm – 100mm ( full frame ) . Or just bring what you have. These are fun, friendly and informative so you’ll definitely pick up some new skills and insights along the way. There’s also a chance to submit some of your images via Dropbox for review and critique after the tour. The Half day Edinburgh Photo Tour (4.5hrs) starts in the west end of the city and finishes on the eastern end of Princes street at dusk covering around 4 miles. It features some of the most iconic sights in the city and some hidden corners. £175.00 The Full day Edinburgh Photo Tour (7.5 hrs  )  starts at the west end of the city and can finish either in the city, Holyrood Park or the Forth Bridges. It can also include a walk around  some higher elevations for great city scape vistas. The tour will allow time for  a refreshment or two –  a coffee stop  / typical pub /  lunch stop and covers up to 5 miles. £295.00 Technical help If you need help – we are all on different points on the learning curve so if you’d like to learn some new skills thats ok. Manual settings learn to take full control of exposure. Exposure modes and Histograms using exposure modes (Aperture & Shutter) creatively. Dynamic compositions   tips to tidy up and create more simplified and powerful compositions. Good Light  knowing what to look for and where to find it. Long exposure and low light working at dawn or dusk means theres less light around. We can use this to our creative advantage or just manage it correctly to achieve a positive outcome. All tours are subject to availability – Please contact me as far in advance as possible to secure a date for a session. You’ll will be advised of the meet up point and instructions once booked. Suitable for beginners and advanced photographers. If you have any questions  please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Recommend equipment and clothing  Any type of camera that you are  familiar with. A tripod for dusk sessions if you have one if not let me know and I can provide one (and carry it). Waterproof / shower proof rain jacket and comfy shoes  / boots* – *If you opt for the full day session you may need walking boots / shoes for Holyrood Park if its been wet. Locations are weather dependant and itineraries may vary. As mentioned Edinburgh is a fascinating city that’s compact enough to be explored on foot but a few steps and gradients will be encountered so comfortable  shoes are important. Safety first There will be plenty stops along the way and we’ll be following best hygiene and social distancing practices measures where appropriate. Deposit £95.00 – please contact Glen to confirm availability.

GLENCOE SKYE AND TORRIDON SCOTLAND AUGUST 2024 – Sold Out

September 30, 2022 4:54 pm Published by

Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Scottish Highlands Highlands Photo Tour Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Destination summary This years Grand Tour explores three of the West Highlands most visually dramatic locations;  Glencoe, the Isle of  Skye and  the mountains and lochs of Torridon with all points in-between. You’ll also travel up through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus travelling up the eastern  shore of Loch Ness, back to Inverness on the final day. You’ll be accompanied by myself, an award winning pro photographer and seasoned guide all the way. I’ll be assisting you, providing insights into each location and offering support throughout the week. We’ve plenty hours of daylight in August with the sun setting around 20:30hrs each evening which gives us loads of time to get to each location and explore throughout the day. With a small group and  a local guide operating in Scotland  since 2009 you’re guaranteed not to miss out on anything during your time.  The photo tour features world class locations plus some hidden ones  in and around Glencoe, Skye or Torridon. Torridon After pick up in Inverness this Highland Photo tour begins in dramatic Torridon which features some famous Scottish peaks, in a mountain chain that runs north west along Glen Torridon. Ben Eighe, Ben Alligin and Liathach will provide a back drop for a session amongst the mountains offering majestic vistas and Highland scenes. Loch Maree shimmers at dusk at the foot of Slioch with silhouetted Scot’s pine and ragged peaks and you’ll spend dusk capturing some beautiful images along its southern shore. At the end of the day’s sessions we’ll all relax with a tasty meal and drink in the nearby Kinlochewe hotel. Isle of Skye From Torridon we make the drive west with stops along the way to where the Atlantic meets the Kyle of Lochalsh and take the  bridge over to the misty Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye needs little introduction to landscape and adventure photographers. The iconic images of the Old Man of Storr over Loch Fada, the Cuillin Mountains and the Quiraing are all iconic landmarks that have received global recognition from photographers around  the world. During  your time on Skye you’ll be taken to some of the best locations plus a few others off the beaten track  and advised how to maximise the potential of each session at each location. Our base for two nights will be the comfortable Uig Hotel on the Trotternish peninsula , again close to our favoured locations. Glencoe and Loch Leven  After a couple of days photographing Skye we head to the south of the island to catch the ferry to the fishing port of Mallaig on the mainland. We’ll travel along the road to the isles, with tales of Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie, past Glenfinnan, with views of the Jacobite Highland soldier monument and the famous viaduct from Harry Potter fame but with a slightly longer history. From here we finally reach one of the most  infamous Glen’s in Scotland and one that’s become a mecca for photographers and hikers that traverse its peaks, valleys and trails. For me Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mist around mountain peaks caught in the clouds. With nearby Loch Leven, Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive also offering evocative Highland scenes, these also deserve to be explored and photographed. Again you’ll be encouraged to create evocative images with Glen handpicking the best locations to suit the conditions during your time in Glencoe. At the end of the day’s sessions we’ll all relax in a local Highland pub for a bite to eat and drink. Here we can review some of the weeks work before a final dusk session and then head back to our Guest house in the nearby village of Kinlochleven where you’ll be based for 2 nights. Loch Ness On our final day we’ll spend a session in a nearby woodland photographing the Grey Mare’s Tail, a waterfall that plunges into a rocky cauldron surrounded by picturesque woodland ferns and tumbling burn. From here we go north to Fort Augustus and the southern scenes of the Scotland’s deepest loch and travel up the quieter and more scenic eastern short back to Inverness. I’m fortunate but have worked hard to achieve over  a 75% client return rate and  you’re invited to check out some of my previous clients testimonials here Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Extra information  Start time 10:30 pick up Inverness 18th August End time 17:00 drop off Inverness 23rd August Venues  We spend most of our time in the thick of it,  photographing and exploring the outdoors on our adventures  but its nice to come back too great meal and a comfy bed and start each day with the option of a traditional Scottish Breakfast. All the venues I choose provide this but most importantly are convenient to our locations. Kinlochewe Hotel – 1 night near Torridon, a classic Highland hotel surrounded by Highland mountains with huge range of single malt whiskys and great food. Uig Hotel – 2 nights on Trotternish, northern  Skye, recently renovated hotel with fantastic food, views and comfortable rooms close to the Quiraing and other key locations. Tigb Na Cheo – 2 nights in privately owned guest house in the village of Kinlochleven, surrounded by dramatic scenes and close to  our locations. Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports Meals – packed lunches or cafes along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule. Essential equipment camera, ( the best camera is the one you have)  lenses with a recommended focal length from 16mm ( wide angle )  to 200mm (telephoto)  and good quality sturdy tripod. I carry a 16-35 / 24-70 / 70-200. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters can be useful a 6 stop little stopper to 10 stop, big stopper. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft, the drop in type rather than screw in.  If you can a  laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software might be useful if the weather gets the better of us on some days.. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on location going over  basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment 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. Walking – A few walks and hikes up to around 45 – 60 mins each way but  nothing to steep or strenuous  will be part of the itinerary. The terrain can also be boggy and rocky in places. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images in a online gallery  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather The Highland’s 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 (waterproof jackets and over trousers) including good waterproof hiking boots that are properly 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.

OUTER HEBRIDES PHOTO TOUR SCOTLAND SEPTEMBER 2024 Sold Out

August 15, 2023 8:05 pm Published by

Destination Summary Outer Hebrides Photo Tour Scotland – Vatersay, Barra and the Uists. 16th – 22nd  September – confirmed. This week long photo adventure is set to explore and capture the wild autumn light of the southern part of the Outer Hebridean archipelago from the Island of Vatersay in the south to Berneray to the north. Tags; Outer Hebrides Photo Tour Scotland Vatersay, Barra and Eriskay These three little islands could easily offer a week’s worth of photography and exploration in themselves. Barra is often referred to as the “Hebrides in miniature” or “Barrabados,” Barra boasts crystal-clear aqua blue seas and unspoiled silver-golden sands. Its main settlement, as the name suggests, features the photogenic Kisimul Castle, sitting just 100 meters offshore and dating back to the 16th century. The rugged west coast, buffeted by the Atlantic Ocean’s waves, presents numerous intriguing rocky inlets and bays for dynamic seascape photography. Heading north, a short isthmus extends into the sea, revealing breathtaking vistas over beautiful Traigh Eas beach. This stunning beach is framed by some of the tallest sand dunes in the British Isles. It’s also worth noting that it overlooks the former residence of Compton Mackenzie in the 1930s, the renowned author of “Whiskey Galore,” which was set on nearby Eriskay. Another highlight is the magic of Traigh Mor, East Beach, a vast tidal expanse that transforms with the ebb and flow of the sea. At low tide, this unique stretch of sand becomes Barra’s one-of-a-kind airport, where scheduled flights from Glasgow land right on the beach. Barra is connected to Vatersay by a short causeway and boasts three magnificent beaches, all linked by a breathtaking coastal walk that unveil the island’s natural beauty. As you stroll along, you’ll discover the west beach, adorned with intriguing relics like old boats, weathered tractors, and lobster pots, each telling their own story of island life. Just a 40-minute ferry ride to the north lies Eriskay, a small island with a big history and unparalleled natural beauty. The Prince’s Beach marks the historic spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil, igniting the 1745 Jacobite uprising. Here, you’ll also encounter the Eriskay Ponies, a precious remnant of Scotland’s native horse, with fewer than 300 remaining. Eriskay is not only steeped in history but is also the setting of the famous novel “Whiskey Galore.” During our visit, we’ll drop by the beachside pub that bears the name of the cargo ship SS Politician, which famously ran aground, leaving its precious cargo of whisky at the mercy of the island’s inhabitants. South Uist and Benbecula  South Uist is the second-largest island in the Outer Hebrides, connected to Eriskay by a causeway. As you journey through South Uist, you’ll be greeted by numerous lochans and, in the distance, the striking peaks of Ben Mhor and Thacla to the northeast. North of these peaks lies Loch Druidbeg, a sanctuary for birdlife, with the single-track road offering picturesque views of the mountains. This loch is a haven for birds and is managed by the RSPB. Continuing on the single-track road, you’ll come across Loch Skipport and the 19th-century pier, once the main hub for cargo and shipping on the island. Venture to the Machair-covered west coast, where you can glimpse golden sands meeting the untamed Atlantic. Dive into history at the Kildonan Museum, which boasts a collection of captivating black and white photographs depicting island life, nearby ruined blackhouses, and the birthplace of Highland heroine Flora Macdonald. Crossing another causeway over a sandy expanse, you’ll arrive at Benbecula, a place that truly feels like it’s perched at the edge of the world. This low-lying island is mostly inaccessible in the east, home to wild lochs and peaty pools, often frequented by adventurous trout fishermen, like my father in the 1970s. To the west, follow the coastal road, seizing photography opportunities as the ever-changing weather and light paint a mesmerizing canvas over the sea, and perhaps catch a glimpse of distant, rocky St Kilda on the horizon. North Uist and Berneray  When gazing upon a map of North Uist, one might easily mistake it for a place dominated by water rather than land – a notion not too far from reality. The tranquil North Uist is, once again, embraced by numerous small lochs, creating an ideal canvas for captivating aerial photography. During low tide, the nearby Baleshare Island appears to levitate in the distance, encircled by pristine white sands that glisten with each ebbing tide. Here, the interplay of tidal currents forms mesmerizing abstract patterns as they gracefully flow out to sea. On the western front, facing the vast Atlantic, North Uist offers an abundance of splendid beaches, breathtaking vistas, and ancient ruins that beckon exploration. Our journey will take us on a circuit around the island, where we’ll seek out the untamed beauty of natural light and compose our shots with simplicity in mind. Our next destination, accessed by yet another causeway, is the charming little Berneray. The western coastline of Little Berneray unfolds as an immense stretch of pristine beach, complemented by towering dunes that seemingly stretch to infinity. To the east, the island’s primary settlement provides a diverse range of subjects for leisurely strolls along the shore, from the bustling harbor to the serene bay. Keep your eyes peeled, as grey seals often make appearances, and on the far side of the bay, you’ll discover deserted houses, further along revealing the inviting expanse of the east beach, adorned with its powdery white sands. On the 22nd we will catch the 09:30 ferry from Lochboisdale to Mallaig , returning to Glasgow via Glenfinnan, Glencoe,  Rannoch Moor and Loch Lomond. There is nowhere quite like the Outer Hebrides so if you’d like to be part of this Autumn photo adventure please register you interest with Glen early so you don’t miss out. Additional Info Getting There: Staring location – Glasgow Premier Inn Pacific Quay*. Meet up at  08:30am on 16th September for departure to Oban. 13:10 Oban to Barra ferry –  duration around 5hrs. *This hotel is short walk across the River Clyde from the Finnieston Crane, SECC Hydro and Armadillo which make interesting subjects at Dusk if you overnight there on the 15th. You are welcome to stay anywhere in the city but must be at the pick up point no later that 08:30hrs. Ending Location – Glasgow Premier Inn Quayside at approx 18:30 on the evening of 22nd September. You will most likely need an additional night either side of the start and end dates in Glasgow. Tags: Outer Hebrides Photo Tour Scotland (There is also the option to fly to Barra from Glasgow with Logan air. Times vary but this could be an option for those shorter on time and then meet up in Castlebay on the evening of the 16th) Accommodation  3 nights self catering house / cottage accommodation with shared facilities ( single occupancy room) on the island of Barra . Breakfast provisions provided. 3 nights single occupancy accommodation at the comfortable,  privately owned  Temple View Hotel on the island of North Uist Meals lunches -packed lunches or cafes along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule. Essential equipment camera, ( the best camera is the one you have)  lenses with a recommended focal length from 16mm ( wide angle )  to 200mm (telephoto)  and good quality sturdy tripod. I carry a 16-35 / 24-70 / 70-200. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters can be useful a 6 stop little stopper to 10 stop, big stopper. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft, the drop in type rather than screw in. If you can bring  laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software might be useful if the weather gets the better of us on some days.. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect  Outer Hebrides Photo tour Scotland –  includes an initial practical tutorial on location going over  basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment 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. Walking – A few walks and hikes up to around 45 – 60 mins each way but  nothing to steep or strenuous  will be part of the itinerary. The terrain can also be boggy and rocky in places. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images in a online gallery  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather The Highland’s 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 (waterproof jackets and over trousers) including good waterproof hiking boots that are properly waterproof.  Locations other info 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. You can read some of Glen’s testimonials here   

SKYE HARRIS AND LEWIS WORKSHOP SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2025

October 31, 2015 9:12 am Published by

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. Check out the short preview below – recommended for viewing in laptop or iPad devices.