Photo by: Ron Rosenstock
Location: Outer Hebrides Scotland
Scotland Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides
- Check out Ron’s video on YouTube with a brief summary of his Scotland Photo Tour.
- Photograph the historic standing stones in the Outer Hebrides of Lewis and Harris.
- Explore the diverse landscape of the Isle of Skye.
- The lochs, moors, and mountains of The Highlands.
- Maximum of twelve participants.
- Professional photography leader Ron Rosenstock.
per person, double occupancy*
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of participants.
Ron Rosenstock is thrilled to return to Scotland and take 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. This itinerary features the Isle of Skye, and Lewis & Harrisin the Outer Hebrides. Each day will be...
Ron Rosenstock is thrilled to return to Scotland and take 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. This itinerary features the Isle of Skye, and Lewis & Harrisin 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.
Harris and Lewis are not separate islands, despite them referred to that way. Harris is the southern third of the largest and most northerly of the Western Isles, most of which forms Lewis. Some say the distinction between the two dates back to a split in the MacLeod clan which dominated the Western Isles for centuries. Others simply point to the range of high mountains that impeded land access between Lewis and Harris, turning them into virtually separate islands.
You 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. Both to the north and south we will encounter many beautiful and exciting photo opportunities in the little coves, moorland interspersed with lochs, and many historical sites.
The group will then take a ferry from the Outer Hebrides to the Isle of Skye. On Skye you will photograph the spectacular Quiraing range, basalt uprising that is the dominant feature of the Trotternish Peninsula. A trip across the peninsula will take you to the tiny village of Uig and Portree.
Once you depart Skye there is a meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of the Scottish mainland. Here sits the very photogenic Eilean Donan Castlewhere you will stop to photograph very early one morning. Continue on to the region referred to as the Highlands, situated around Glencoe. The Highlands are filled with photographic opportunities including lochs, mountainous landscapes, and quaint villages. There will be various stops along the way until you are returned to Glasgow.
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
October 5: Home
Depart from the U.S. today on an overnight flight to Glasgow International Airport (GLA), where you can connect with a one-way flight from GLA to SYY (Stornoway Airport on Lewis and Harris). Your arrival time in Stornoway on October 6 will be announced, as flight schedules may change.
If you would like to arrive a day early to Glasgow prior to your flight to the islands, we can offer recommendations for airport hotels.
October 6-9: Glasgow-Outer Hebrides
Strabo will announce the suggested Logan Air flight schedule for today, taking you from Glasgow to the Outer Hebrides.
The Outer Hebrides are at the northwest edge of Europe, comprised of a one hundred fifty-mile-long chain of islands. Harris divides neatly into three areas and has a different character to the much larger Lewis.
Great Bernera is an island that has been linked to the mainland by bridge since 1953. There are notable archaeological remains on the island consisting of standing stones, and the Iron Age roundhouse Dun Baravat in Loch Bravat. At the southeast corner of Harris is the little township of Rodel. There is a lovely little harbor still used by a few fishing boats, and best known is the St. Clements Church, which is looked after by the Scottish Heritage and is the most impressive example of church architecture in the Hebrides.
One day heading north from our base, we may visit The Butt of Lewis, which is the northernmost point of the island. The sea is always dramatic here, as the waters of The Atlantic meet The Minch. In contrast, the Port of Ness, nearby, is 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. White houses were in use well into the second half of the twentieth century, while previously black houses were the traditional home for hundreds of years. Everybody lived in one space with a peat fire in the middle of the floor, while livestock were kept at one end of the house.
Carloway is a large village by Lewis standards, best known for the remains Carloway Broch, a once fortified impressive round stone structure. Heading south from our base at Breascleate, the world-famous standing stones of Callanish are just a few miles away. In fact, there are three standing stone remains at Callanish. The main one is a particularly impressive, well-preserved ancient site, set in spectacular surroundings. We will certainly photograph here in the twilight, as well as by day. Stornoway, on the east coast, is the island’s capital and lifeline to busy harbor life. Overnights Outer Hebrides (D; B; B; B)
October 10-12: Isle of Skye
Leave Lewis and Harris today, taking the ferry from Tarbert to the port town of Uig on the Isle of Skye. Your guides will take into consideration the interests of the group, and weather conditions to determine the most opportune photo stops along the drive to your accommodations.
The Trotternish Peninsula, which consists predominantly of a long basalt outcrop, giving rise to the dramatic cliff and mountain scenery roundabout. Driving around the “North End” of Trotternish, we will make a number of varied 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)
October 13: Skye-Highlands-Glasgow
The group will depart very early this morning to capture the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Afterwards continue on through the Highlands and Glencoe region. In the Highlands, the past is all around. Ancient cairns, brochs (defensive round towers), and mysterious carved symbol stones have all left their faint traces on the landscape.
Depending on the weather and the interests of the group you will photograph some of Ron’s favorite places. Signal Rock is 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. There are fine views from beside the road at various points, and even better views can be gained with some relatively short walks. The Devils Staircase is a short uphill stretch of The West Highland Way and offering even better views from higher viewpoints.
You will continue on until arriving at the group airport hotel for the evening. After checking in to the hotel you can rest and re-pack for your flight home tomorrow, or perhaps join Ron at the hotel dining room or bar. Overnight Glasgow Airport hotel (B, L).
October 14: Glasgow - Home
Depart Glasgow anytime today on your flight home. Everyone can simply walk across the street to the Glasgow Airport.
PLEASE NOTE: Your flights will be booked multi-city: Home/SYY; GLA/Home ( or you could book round-trip to Glasgow and then book a one-way flight GLA to SYY.