Islands on the Edge ~ Photography vacation experience in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, offers an irresistible mix of breathtaking scenery and amazing wildlife, along with a rich and vibrant culture. The islands are famous for their vast stretches of paradise beaches with white sand and turquoise water, but also for their ancient history and monuments. Dramatic coastal scenes, abandoned crofts, standing stones, lochs, mountain landscapes and much more compete for the photographer’s attention and provide a varied and rich set of subjects for your portfolio.

What you can expect

This 6 day (5 night) photography tour has a focus on long exposure techniques. Led by Dave Hunt, the tour starts and finishes in Edinburgh as the the beautiful drives up to Ullapool and back, and also the ferry sailings to and from Stornoway, are parts of the experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

To make best use of the daylight, we leave Edinburgh early in the morning on day 1 to make our way up North.

Here are some of the highlights of this photography tour:

  • The famous Callanish Stones, of course
  • Butt of Lewis, the most northern point with the famous lighthouse
  • Gearrannan blackhouse village and Carloway Broch
  • The beaches of Luskentyre, Seilebost and Scarista
  • The South Lochs area in Lewis teaming with wildlife from otters to osprey, whales and sharks
  • Rodel and its 15th century St Clement’s Church
  • Trip over the Sound of Harris to the Uist isles.

The course is suitable for all levels of ability and experience. A discount is available for non-photographer accompanying guests.

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Your tutor – Dave Hunt

Dave describes himself as “just a guy following his passion, inspired by the places he visits and the people he meets”. Fine art photographer describes his style of working rather than the subject or specific market he works in. His passion is to create images as fine art prints that ask a question, tell a story or at least inspire an emotion or reaction in the viewer. He uses digital, mobile, small and large format film and alternative processes, whatever works, its all about creating an image to share.

Dave’s been accredited with Associate qualifications in Fine Art photography with both the Royal Photographic Society and the British Institute of Professional Photography.

“I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element regardless of the photographic technique.”  {Annie Leibovitz}

Read more about Dave’s teaching philosophy and see further examples of his work here

Accommodation

The Harris Hotel in Tarbert has been family owned and run for over 100 years.  Built in 1865 by the 7th Earl of Dunmore, it was originally called the Tarbert Hotel. At the time, he owned the North Harris Estate and built the hotel as a “sporting retreat” for anglers. After the estate changed hands several times, William Cameron took over the lease of the hotel in 1903 and changed the name to the Harris Hotel. The Cameron family bought the hotel outright in 1948, and the third and fourth generations are now running the business.

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What to bring

A digital SLR or similar and a tripod with remote or cable release are desirable. Ideally the camera should allow control of the focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, take light reading, allow to change senses and add filters to the lens (you don’t have to know how to do all of these things yet). We will provide a detailed list of suggested equipment to tour participants, which includes a travel filter kit.

The tour involves some walking, some of it could be on rough paths. You should be able to walk up to an hour at a time, and bring comfortable shoes and warm, waterproof clothing.

Prices and further notes

The cost for the package is £1750 per person in twin/double occupancy and £1900 in single occupancy. It includes: 6 days of expert tuition in different locations, 5 nights ensuite hotel accommodation, all meals, minibus transport during the course (from and to Edinburgh city centre), ferry sailings between Ullapool and Stornoway, and between Tarbert and the Uists; and a member of the Wild at Art team will be with the group throughout to ensure guests are well looked after. The schedule is based on careful selection of suppliers and is accurate at the time of publication, but should it be necessary, Wild at Art reserves the right to make changes. We can organise additional accommodation nights before and after the Wild at Art holiday at an additional cost (depending on availability).

A non-refundable deposit of £300 secures your space. To book and for further information and please contact Ute Amann-Seidel or Ellen Colingsworth at [email protected] Flights and travel to/from Edinburgh are not included. Personal travel insurance is required.

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland and inspiring you!

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