Island Magic

Skye, Harris and Lewis, Scotland

Island Magic

Skye, Harris and Lewis, Scotland

  • Capture the drama and mood of the UK’s wildest coastline and some of its most dramatic geology.
  • Shoot at dawn and dusk in the best possible light.
  • Learn creative techniques to add impact to your images.
  • Enjoy full-board hotel accommodation close to our primary shooting locations.
  • Tutorial presentations to inform and inspire, including help with post-processing.

Skye needs no introduction. Iconic locations such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the wild beach at Elgol, will all feature in this no-holds-barred landscape photo adventure. Away from the icons there are other, more subtle sides to Skye and we shall leave no stone unturned in seeking out those unique moments that will etch themselves on your mind for always.

There’s something about the coast and there’s something about islands. The sense of isolation and perhaps even vulnerability combines with our desire to explore and experience ‘the edge effect’. The Hebridean islands off the north-west coast of Scotland are very much on the edge. The turquoise Atlantic Ocean pounds the glistening white sandy shores of the islands, shifting and shaping the sands of the Hebridean Machair.

Lewis and Harris are the two most northerly islands in the Hebridean chain, stretching for 70 miles and dotted with intimate rocky coves and endless white beaches. But this tour is all about light and drama. As the relentless pounding of the Atlantic summer ebbs away, this wild western outpost enters a short period of change – change that brings brooding skies and tranquil seas. It is that change that we seek to capture.


Details

Dates: 16-23 Sep 2017

Cost: £1850

Deposit: £250

Single Supplement: £0

Group Size: 10

Guide: Niall and Charlotte Benvie

Principal Subjects: Dramatic coastal and mountain scenery photographed at dawn and dusk; intimate details of sand, rock and water; standing stones of Callanish; Hebridean light!

Cost Includes: Single room accommodation in two family-owned, well-appointed hotels, 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.

Please Note:

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.

Guides

Niall Benvie

Niall Benvie

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 Benvie

Charlotte Benvie

Charlotte’s normal role is as our excellent host and cook for our House Party tours but she also knows her way around a camera! As support for Niall in the field and as our second driver, guests will enjoy her enthusiasm and passion for the outdoors. She might even bring along some of her exquisite home-made chocolates to keep us going!




Essentials

Accommodation 

Harris: Good quality, family-owned hotel with private bedrooms and en-suite facilities.

Skye: Good quality, family-owned hotel with private bedrooms and en-suite facilities.

Both hotels have Wi-Fi connection but it can be slow at times. 

Meals 

Good quality, wholesome food is assured throughout the tour. Breakfast and dinner will be taken at our accommodation with packed lunches taken in the field. 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. 

Fitness 

Most activities will involve only short walks but you will at times be working on exposed, uneven ground, including cliffs. You should be sure-footed with good balance. The Old Man of Storr on Skye requires a higher level of fitness. Leaving in the dark to arrive on site for first light, the ascent is 1000ft over 1 mile on a rocky path. Of course these more demanding excursions are optional and although we will be working in some places with uneven terrain, overall a reasonable level of fitness and agility will allow you to participate in most activities. 

Weather 

Expect a mixed bag with both sunshine and rain (or even snow). Weather is very changeable and it can be windy in exposed locations. Temperatures are likely to range from 0c 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. 

Tuition 

Our guides for this tour, Niall and Charlotte Benvie, have many years of photographic tour-leading experience. For those who would like assistance, they 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. 


Giving Back

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.

See our Giving Back page for details ›

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