Scotland Photo Tour   Photograph the Spirits with Tillman Crane

Tour Intro

Pricing to be announced

We are very pleased to announce this itinerary to Scotland featuring the highlights of Edinburgh, Inverness, Elgin in Moray – distillery region, and the famous St. Andrews. Each location will have special photo opportunities designed for photographers to get off the beaten path and see an inside view of what Scotland has to offer. Photograph from the quaint villages, street scenes, distilleries, chapels and cathedrals, to the architecture of Edinburgh. Each day will be filled to the brim, with plenty of time to photograph the landscape as well as discover the local history, people, and culture.

Extend your stay in Edinburgh
If you wish to experience museums, galleries, other tourist venues, feel free to contact us to reserve additional evening accommodations. You can then extend your time in Edinburgh to experience a different approach and have more time to explore the city on your own, or perhaps fellow participants.

Tour Highlights

• Photograph inside Rosslyn Chapel made famous in the film Davinci Code.
Scotch tastings and distillery photography sessions from Inverness to Moray region.
• Accommodations in the center of photographic locations, from the architecture of Edinburgh, to distillery country and end the program in the illustrious St. Andrews.
Maximum of ten participants.
• Professional photography leader Tillman Crane shares his passion for Scotland with your small group.

Tour Itinerary

October 5: Home
Weathervane

Photo By: Tillman Crane

Photo Location: Scotland

Depart from home today, if USA or Canada it will be an overnight flight to Edinburgh (EDI) International Airport. You can arrive at anytime on October 6 (check-in 3PM). If your airline of choice arrives later in the day then you may wish to fly in a day early and we can add an additional evening at the hotel so you don’t miss part of the tour.

October 6-8: Edinburgh

Everyone will take a taxi to your hotel for the next three evenings. The introductory meeting with your photographic leader will be at 6PM in the hotel lobby. Your accommodations are in the heart of the city, where you will walk to all the major sites.

The next two days will be filled with photography along the Royal Mile, and various other highlights of this historical city. A few of the highlights will be Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, and your introduction to Scotch at the Scotch Whiskey Experience.

Late afternoon of the 8th there is an exclusive program planned where your local guide will deliver the group to Rosslyn Chapel, you will have an interior tour followed by a private photographic session inside the chapel. Please note due the popularity of the chapel since the Davinci Code film, a license agreement will need to be signed as photos are for personal use only. Your local guide will return you to the city where you can prepare for departure tomorrow morning to Inverness. (D; B; B)

October 9-11: Inverness

Travel north from Edinburgh with photo opportunities to Inverness. There is a lovely town along the way that provides a nice stop for lunch and photographic opportunities of a ruined cathedral and quaint streets, Dunkeld. After lunch continue north to the Dalwhinnie Distillery. It located in the Cairngorm National Park at the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Continuing on are the picturesque Ruthven Barracks, located on the old castle mound as a strategic location to accommodate the troops during unrest of the 1720’s.

Arrive in Inverness in time to check in and enjoy a photography walk along the Ness River. Inverness is a very compact city, which will provide an ideal opportunity for evening and early morning photography walks with your photo leader. You can easily reach the Inverness Castle, St. Andrews Cathedral, and the Victorian market.

The next day explore locations just outside the city such as Urguhart Castle, 13th Century ruins, located in the Highlands beside Loch Ness. Beauly Priory was built around 1230 as a monastery. Corrimory Chambered Cairn is from the Bronze Age, and is an excavated passage grave. Today or tomorrow there will be time for another distillery tasting at Glenmorangie (valley of tranquility) near Black Isle.

Enjoy another full day exploring areas north of Inverness, covering photography for everyone, from Clootie Well, Rose Markie Fairy Glen, and the beautiful Cromarty East Church. (B, L each day)

October 12-13: Elgin

Depart Inverness today with photographic stops along the way to Elgin. Culloden Battlefield was the final Jacobite uprising in 1746, one of the most brutal battles of British history. Clava Cairns a Neolithic circular chamber tomb, is a favorite location for your photo leader. He looks forward to sharing it with you.

After these historical photo ops continue to the Dallas Dhu distillery, the black water valley, producer of single malt Scotch whisky. Your final destination is the town of Elgin, providing breathtaking scenery.

Another full day gives opportunity to photograph the Elgin Cathedral, also known as the Lantern of the North, a majestic ruin, one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings. Spynie Palace or Castle, was the seat of the Bishops of Moray for approximately 500 years. Photograph at Speyside Cooperage, one of the last working cooperage in the UK specializing in barrel making. Given time there is another castle close by at Balvenie with its 12th century ruins. There will be time to visit another Speyside distillery today, Glenfiddich, Benriach or perhaps, or perhaps a small farm distillery. (B, L each day)

October 14-15: St. Andrews

Depart Elgin today, traveling southeast toward Arbroath along the North Sea Coast. It holds an attractive old harbor, fishing boats and piers. Stunning cliffs stretch on either side of town, which holds a lighthouse, beautiful abbey ruins, and quaint streets and storefronts. Continue on to St. Andrews, known for its many golf courses, including the famous Old Course. Another of Tillman’s favorites is on the cover, Lady Ling Chapel, you’ll be sure to photograph this lovely location as it is very close to St. Andrews.

The next day enjoy an early morning photography walk with your photo leader in town, followed by breakfast. Another of your leaders favorite photographic locations, Dunino Fairy Glen, is set in natural woodland. A pagan worship site, believed by many to be haunted with spirits or fairies and other creatures of Celtic legend. You’ll also enjoy street photography in town, walking amidst the golfers, the university students, and local shop owners. (B, L each day)

October 16: Edinburgh
Landscape

Photo By: Tillman Crane

Photo Location: Scotland

Leaving St. Andrews early this morning, you’ll make your way to the Firth of Forth and the ferry to Incholm Island. The three-hour tour consists of 1.5 hours on the island in which you can photograph the abandoned abbey, beaches and coastline of the island and mainland. The Abbey remains as the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in all of Scotland. For those history buffs there are very interesting wartime fortifications to explore and photograph.

Return to the mainland and continue on to Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital. It is the resting place of King Robert Bruce and the post-Iona burial site of the Kings and Queens of Scotland. What a perfect place to include on your last full day of the Scottish Spirits Photo Tour. Given time there maybe another photo op before your local guide returns you to the hotel close to the Edinburgh Airport. (B, L)

October 17-: EDI - Home
Window

Photo By: Tillman Crane

Photo Location: Scotland

October 17  Edinburgh Airport - Home
The airport hotel has a shuttle or you can walk the short distance to the airport terminal. (B)

Note: This itinerary has been carefully constructed to assure participants the best Scotland has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, itinerary, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice.  Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Leader

Tillman Crane
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Tillman Crane

Tillman Crane is a veteran photographer specializing in the creation of platinum/palladium photographs. Artist and teacher, Crane has been professionally involved with photography for over thirty- five years. He uses available light, texture and space to bring the spirit of the ordinary and extraordinary in his photographs.

A skilled teacher, Crane offers workshops for all levels of expertise and camera formats in a variety of locations, for his own as well as other photography workshop venues. These Spirit of Structure workshops include locations in the US, Scotland & the Orkney Islands, Japan and China. Crane also teaches the craft of platinum printing for groups and private individuals.

Crane has published four limited edition books: Tillman Crane/Structure (2001), Touchstones (2005), Odin Stone (2008) and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009). The Alchemy of Light (2016) is a hard cover catalogue of his solo exhibit of over 100 platinum prints at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Crane also collaborates with collectors to create one-of-a-kind handmade books of his platinum/palladium prints.

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 0 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Additional Notes

What to Expect  Participants should be in good physical condition to walk on what could be rough or uneven terrain, slippery surfaces, and be able to handle their own luggage and camera gear each day. You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. The trip is suited for people of all photographic levels. Each participant needs to be familiar with his or her own camera equipment, and in downloading images. Your photo leader is pleased to address specific photographic concerns that individuals may have.

Tillman Crane is a veteran photographer specializing in the creation of platinum/palladium photographs. Artist and teacher, Crane has been professionally involved with photography for over thirty- five years. He uses available light, texture and space to bring the spirit of the ordinary and extraordinary in his photographs.

A skilled teacher, Crane offers workshops for all levels of expertise and camera formats in a variety of locations, for his own as well as other photography workshop venues. These Spirit of Structure workshops include locations in the US, Scotland & the Orkney Islands, Japan and China. Crane also teaches the craft of platinum printing for groups and private individuals.

Crane has published four limited edition books: Tillman Crane/Structure (2001), Touchstones (2005), Odin Stone (2008) and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009). The Alchemy of Light (2016) is a hard cover catalogue of his solo exhibit of over 100 platinum prints at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Crane also collaborates with collectors to create one-of-a-kind handmade books of his platinum/palladium prints.

 

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.

Airfare

Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

The land cost includes:
  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

Subject to Change

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Release

Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.

Accommodations

Accommodations are at quaint inns or lodges, all rooms having private bathrooms. Breakfasts will be taken at the lodges, while lunches will usually be picnics in the field or pub lunches, having the option at dinner to eat with the group or on your own. The food is both delicious and wholesome. Transportation will be in a comfortable mini-bus with ample room for your luggage and gear.

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