Hebridean House Party
Harris and Lewis, Scotland
Hebridean House Party
Harris and Lewis, Scotland
- Capture the drama and mood of the UK’s wildest coastline.
- Shoot at dawn and dusk in the best possible light.
- Learn creative techniques to add impact to your images.
- Enjoy exclusive accommodation in our own country houses with live-in chef.
- Tutorial presentations to inform and inspire.
Lewis and Harris are the two most northerly islands in the Outer Hebridean chain, stretching for 70 miles and dotted with intimate rocky coves and endless white beaches. This tour is all about light and drama. In spring this wild western outpost enters a short period of change – change that brings brooding skies and pounding seas. It is that change that we seek to capture. Working primarily along the rugged coastline, we will be out early and late in search of those unique moments that will etch themselves on your mind for always.
With exclusive occupation of carefully selected lodges, each offering a high degree of comfort and set in stunning locations, we are able to tailor our photographic forays according to the best light and time of day. Meals are cooked fresh by our own live-in chef and can be timed to offer maximum flexibility. Our house parties combine serious photography with serious fun.
Dates: 15-22 Apr 2017
Single Supplement: £0
Group Size: 8
Guide: Niall Benvie
Host: Charlotte Benvie
Principal Subjects: Dramatic coastal scenery photographed at dawn and dusk; intimate details of sand, rock and water; standing stones of Callanish; Atlantic light!
Cost Includes: Accommodation in two well appointed lodges, all meals (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8), tuition, transport and ferry fares.
Cost Excludes: Insurance, alcoholic drinks and personal items.
In the unlikely event of ferry crossings being delayed or cancelled, additional costs associated with food, accommodation and onward travel arrangements must be met by individual guests.
Niall has guided tours and taught workshops during much of his 23-year career as a professional outdoor photographer and writer. Over that time, he's retained the capacity to remember what it's like to learn things for the first time, and finds new ways to explain them. He's known as an innovator in his field and doesn't hold back when it comes to sharing his knowledge, experience and ideas. As a photographer working for a wide range of clients, he's learned to make strong images regardless of the conditions.
Charlotte has extensive experience of looking after and catering for groups, from school children to race-goers. And she's no mean photographer either. She helps to keep things running smoothly in the field, as well as cooking to a very high standard (she was in series 8 of Masterchef) for our house party tours. Charlotte grew up in a family where being out in nature was the norm so she's just as comfortable on a storm-lashed beach as she is in her kitchen where she makes award-winning chocolates.
Two well-appointed Hebridean houses sitting alongside each other and perfectly located for our primary photographic sites. Most rooms have en-suite facilities but depending on the make up of the group, some bathroom sharing may be required. We can advise on room availability at the time of booking. Communal areas are spacious and airy. We will all eat together in one of the cottages. WiFi is available.
Meals are informal and will be taken within our accommodation. As this tour is aimed at serious photography, meals will not take priority and will be fitted in around prime photography time. We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure you get what you want.
We will not be walking long distances but a good degree of agility is required working on rocky beaches and cliff edges.
Weather is very changeable in Scotland and although it is often warm and sunny, rain, strong winds and even snow are possible. Temperatures are likely to range from 5c to 20c.
Meeting up and saying goodbye
If you are parking at Ballintean in Glenfeshie, our home base, you should arrive at 11.30am on Day 1 of the tour. Collection from Inverness will be approx. 12.30pm and we shall arrive at Uig for around 4.30pm. On return, drop offs in Inverness will be roughly 1pm and Ballintean 2pm.
Our guide for this tour, Niall Benvie, has many years of photographic tour-leading experience. For those who would like assistance, he will take you through both technical and practical aspects of this type of photography and will be on hand to help you get the most from your time spent with us.
We take our responsibility as a tour operator very seriously and are conscious of our impact on the environment. Not only do we strive to minimise this impact in a variety of ways, we donate a proportion of our income to a select number of conservation initiatives.