Photo by: Ron Rosenstock
Location: Outer Hebrides Scotland
Scotland Highlands, Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides
- The lochs, moors, and mountains of the Highlands.
- Photograph and explore the diverse landscape of the Isle of Skye.
- The historic standing stones in the Outer Hebrides of Lewis and Harris beckon your camera and vision.
- Maximum of twelve participants.
- Professional photography leader Ron Rosenstock.
September 20-Oct 1 2023
per person, double occupancy*
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 6-7 participants. 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 (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $895.
Ron Rosenstock is thrilled to be leading this tour to Scotland, taking you to the wild landscape of the Highlands, and the Western Isles. He invites you to join him on this amazing journey. The number of participants is limited to twelve, so sign up early before the trip is full. The itinerary features the Highlands, Isle of Skye, and Lewis & Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Each day will be at a relaxed pace, allowing enough...
Ron Rosenstock is thrilled to be leading this tour to Scotland, taking you to the wild landscape of the Highlands, and the Western Isles. He invites you to join him on this amazing journey. The number of participants is limited to twelve, so sign up early before the trip is full. The itinerary features the Highlands, Isle of Skye, and Lewis & Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Each day will be at a relaxed pace, allowing enough time to photograph the diverse landscape as well as taking in the local history, people, and culture.
The route from Glasgow to Glencoe is quite breathtaking, taking you through the famous glens and past Ben Nevis. There have been many film productions here, depicting the bloody battles that took place centuries ago.
In the Highlands, there are pleasant short walks from the lodge or various points beside the road, photographing the lochs, landscapes, and waterfalls.
Loch Leven is fringed to both north and south by steep sided mountains, giving some dramatic scenes.
On the way to Skye there is a meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of the Scottish mainland, this is where we will find the very photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. Continue on to the Isle of Skye where you will photograph the spectacular Quiraing range, a basalt uprising that is the dominant feature of the Trotternish Peninsula.
The last few days will be based at Breascleate on the west coast of Lewis, midway between Callanish and Carloway. Callanish has become an icon of the archaeology of Scotland, inspiring many artists, poets, and photographers. The pale and sometimes ghostly stones have an extraordinary affinity with their landscape. Harris and Lewis are not separate islands, despite usually being talked of as if they are.
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, with dinners at local restaurants, those meals included are listed in itinerary. The food is both delicious and wholesome. Transportation will be in a comfortable bus.
The trip is suited for people of all photographic levels, and there will be plenty of time to work individually with participants to address specific photographic concerns. This is primarily a photo tour, concentrating on shooting rather than critique. Participants should be in good physical condition if they wish to partake in hikes over rough terrain.
This was an amazing experience, the best photographs I’ve ever made, nice group of people, Ron insured we really had the time at each location, totally, totally wonderful. It was a hard trip compared to most, but very rewarding. There’s a higher physical requirement than other trips but totally do-able by the average healthy person.
— M. Russo
September 20: Home
Depart from the U.S. today on an overnight flight* to Glasgow International Airport. Your arrival time on September 21 will need to be 11am or prior, if any questions or concerns, please contact our office. Recommendations for airport hotels will be given if you would like to or need to arrive early. *PLEASE NOTE: International tickets will be issued multi-city, flights will be your home/GLA-Glasgow Scotland, and return flights being from Stornoway, Lewis SYY/Home.
September 21-23: Glasgow – Glencoe
Your guide and driver will meet you at the Glasgow Airport and depart for Glencoe. Your accommodations are set in the heart of Glencoe, surrounded by mountains. In the Highlands, the past is all around. Ancient cairns and stone settings, the later broch’s (defensive round towers), then the Picts with their mysterious carved symbol stones have all left their faint traces on the landscape. Although the old clan ways have vanished, the Highlands are a special place, enjoyed not only for their unspoiled environment, but also for their particular sense of the intertwining of past and present.
Signal Rock is a pleasant short walk from the inn, where in the past, bonfires were lit to warn of imminent danger. From Rannoch Moor there are distant views to the surrounding mountain ranges, Blackmount to the west, and the almost perfectly shaped mountain,
Buachaille Etive Mor, the subject of numerous well-known photographs.The Devils Staircase is a short uphill stretch of The West Highland Way, and there are even better views from higher viewpoints. An eleven mile long sea loch, Loch Leven, takes us from Ballahullish in the west to Kinlochleven in the east. The loch is fringed to both north and south by steep sided mountains, giving some dramatic scenes. Overnight Glencoe (D; B; B).
September 24-26: Isle of Skye
The Trotternish Peninsula, which consists predominantly of a long basalt outcrop, gives rise to dramatic cliffs and mountain scenery. Driving around the “North End” of Trotternish, you will make a number of photo stops along the way. Photographing the strange and dramatic rock formations of the Quiraing is a highlight along with one of Skye’s best-known sights, The Old Man of Storr. It is a pinnacle of rock, 160 feet high, visible from much of the east coast of Skye. Overnight Isle of Skye (B, D; B; B)
September 27-30: Outer Hebrides – Harris – Lewis
A trip across the peninsula will take you to the tiny village of Uig, where you will take a ferry to Tarbert on Harris. Your accommodations lie about fifty miles away from the port. Great Bernera is an island that has notable archaeological remains consisting of standing stones, and the Iron Age roundhouse Dun Baravat in Loch Bravat. At the southeast corner of Harris is a lovely little harbor still used by a few fishing boats, and best known for St. Clements Church, an impressive example of church architecture in the Hebrides.
The sea is always dramatic at the Butt of Lewis, as the waters of The Atlantic meet The Minch. Nearby is the Port of Ness, a small scenic fishing port. The Arnol Black House is a Scottish Heritage site where both ‘black houses’ and a ‘white house’ have been preserved as a small museum. Black houses were the traditional home for hundreds of years, where families lived in one space with a peat fire in the middle of the floor, while livestock were kept in another space.
Carloway is best known for the Carloway Broch, a once fortified impressive round stone structure. The world-famous standing stones of Callanish are just a few miles away from your lodge, where you will photograph in the twilight, as well as by day. Overnights Outer Hebrides (B, D; B; B; B)
October 1: Lewis/Harris – Glasgow - Home
Depart on a flight (suggested time to be announced) from Stornoway (SYY) to Glasgow and connect with flights home. Strabo cannot be responsible for flight delays, therefore depending on timing of your return flight home, and optional overnight at airport hotel may be necessary.
PLEASE NOTE: Your flights will be booked multi-city: Home/GLA; SYY/Home (likely connecting through Glasgow)
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.