Exploring the Scottish Highlands

A Classic West Highlands Photo Adventure

September 2022, Dates TBD

The Scottish Highlands are a photographer’s dream: rugged mountains and coastlines, deep blue lochs, storied villages, fabled castles, and a people rooted as much in ancient lore and tradition as they are modern customs. This blend of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery create the perfect backdrop for a unique photography adventure.

West Highlands Coastline

We’ll enjoy 8 days and 9 nights exploring the scenic and remote West Highlands, including the islands of Mull and Iona. Every day and evening will be filled with photographic opportunities, with Alan at your side providing photographic know-how and a light-hearted approach to honing your photographic voice. Alan’s wife, Julie, will be along to help make the experience both memorable and stress-free. Our itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and other factors, but is always planned for the best photographic opportunities.

Partners and spouses are welcome on a space-available basis and for an additional fee. They can join the photographers at any of the planned field sessions and outings, or they can choose to explore or relax on their own, enjoying the warmth of a fire at our accommodation (and perhaps a wee dram!).

The group will gather at the Ord House Hotel just outside Inverness. A charming and historic country house hotel nestled within a 30-acre private estate, it is the perfect place to begin our adventure. It’s also a five-minute walk to the historic Glen Ord Distillery! We’ll spend the next day or so exploring some of the historic and scenic sites in and around Inverness.

From Inverness, we’ll make our way south and west to Arisaig, a charming village on the west coast of Scotland. From our base of the Arisaig House Hotel, we’ll spend several days exploring the rocky coast, blue seas and white sands of this particularly scenic part of the Highlands. In the Gaelic language, arisaig means “safe place.”

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Finally, the group will journey by ferry to the Isle of Mull…famous for its association with the abbey of Iona (on its own island), Fingal’s Cave, and Castle Duart. The area offers a fabulous mix of mountain scenery, picturesque villages and more. Also planned are day trips by ferry to the remote peninsulas of Ardnamurchan and Morvern, where we’ll explore ruined castles like Tioram, crofting villages, lochs, beaches and rivers.

Abbey of Iona

On our last day, we’ll wend our way to the mainland, stopping at historic and scenic sites as the mood strikes us. Our final night together will find us at the Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, just outside Glasgow.

Our travel partner for this adventure is the exceptional Clans and Castles…a small Scottish travel firm specializing in custom tours of Scotland, based on an insider’s knowledge to create a one-of-a-kind and off-the-beaten path experience.

Due to the small and intimate nature of most lodging in the Highlands, our group is limited to a total of 12. Price TBD.


  • Nine nights lodging and 8 full days of photographic adventure and instruction
  • Various location and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts and several dinners
  • Ground transportation
  • Ferry transportation to and from Mull, and day-trip ferries

Not Included:

  • Passport
  • Airfares and related taxes or fees
  • Meals not included above
  • Bottled water and all alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for guides and hotel staff
  • Personal expenses, services or purchases
  • Transportation to or from arrival/departure airports and first and last night’s lodging
  • Travel/cancellation insurance (available from your travel agent)

Deposit and payment information will be available once dates are confirmed. The balance is due no later than July 1, 2022 and may be made in multiple payments. If you need to cancel before July 1, $750 will be refunded. Because of the advance planning required, if the cancellation is within 60 days or less of the start of the workshop, we will not be able to refund any of the workshop fee.

Arisaig House Hotel

On the unlikely chance that we need to cancel the workshop for any reason, you will be refunded the entire workshop price.

Rooms are based on single or double occupancy and all have private baths.

Other Information:

Bring layers of clothing and comfortable walking shoes. The weather in the Highlands is unpredictable, even in September. The chance of rain is always there, so waterproof gear for you and your camera is recommended.

Any camera is welcome….from large format to DSLR to mirrorless to iPhone. For anyone working in film, portable processing tanks are recommended so that we can process film and review images by reading negatives as a positive image using the iPad. If you want help with post processing or other image review, a laptop is recommended, but not essential.

A month before our departure, you’ll receive additional information to help you prepare for your adventure. From camera gear advice to packing suggestions, you’ll get lots of guidance to ensure your trip is one of learning and imagemaking instead of problems and hassles.

See you in Scotland!

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