Photo by: Ron Rosenstock
Location: Outer Hebrides Scotland
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Scotland Skye Highlands and Hebrides Photo Tour

PRICING INCLUDES PRE AND POST EVENINGS IN GLASGOW AIRPORT HOTEL MAY 9 & 19TH, AS WELL AS INTERNAL TICKET TO LEWIS AND HARRIS.

• Photograph the historic standing stones in the Outer Hebrides of Lewis and Harris.
• Photograph and explore the diverse landscape of the Isle of Skye.
• The lochs, moors, and mountains of the Highlands.
• Maximum of twelve participants.
• Professional photography leader Jeff Hirsch.
Pricing includes pre and post evenings at Glasgow Airport hotel and internal flight from Glasgow to Stornoway.

Region

Europe

Destination

Scotland

Dates

May 8-20, 2025

Duration

12 days

$6795

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 5-7 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 $1195.

Tour Overview

Jeff Hirsch is thrilled to be leading this trip 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 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...

Jeff Hirsch is thrilled to be leading this trip 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 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.

On the Outer Hebrides 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 you will encounter many beautiful and exciting photo opportunities.

Harris and Lewis are not separate islands, despite usually being talked of as if they are. 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. There are numerous sandy beaches and little coves, extensive moorland interspersed with lochs, and many historical sites throughout this sparsely populated area, including Callanish.

A ferry trip across the sea takes you to the tiny village of Uig, on the Isle of Skye. From your home base explore the Trotternish Peninsula and beyond. A few of the highlights include the spectacular Quiraing range, the Old Man of Storr, lochs and the colorful village of Portree. a basalt uprising that is the dominant feature of the.

As you leave Skye there is a meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of the Scottish mainland. Here you will find the very photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. Continue on to Fort William and the Highlands. Photograph the architecture, landscape, waterfalls, lochs, and vast mountain ranges.

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.

Photo Leader

Jeff Hirsch

Tour Itinerary

May 8: Home

Depart from the U.S. or Canada today on an overnight flight* to Glasgow International Airport. Your arrival time can be anytime May 9 (check-in at hotel is 2PM).

Due to the group taking an internal flight to Lewis and Harris on May 10, we have included overnighting May 9 at an airport hotel. This has been included the evening of May 19th as well, therefore your return flight can be anytime on May 20th.

*PLEASE NOTE: Your International tickets will be issued roundtrip to Glasgow. Strabo has included the group flight May 10 Glasgow to Stornoway on Lewis/Harris.

May 9: Glasgow

Land in Glasgow today, where you can walk across the street to your hotel (2PM is check-in time), relax, get over jet lag, and prepare for the tour to start tomorrow, May 10th. Overnight GLA airport hotel

May 10-13: Outer Hebrides Lewis and Harris

The group will return to Glasgow airport today for your internal flight to Stornoway (flight is included). You will be met upon arrival by your driver guide for your journey. 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 (B, D; B; B; B)

May 14-16: Isle of Skye

Take a ferry today from Tarbert to the Uig port 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 the lovely town of Portree, your home for the next three evenings. With all the beautiful landscape of Skye, be sure to schedule a few hours to wander around this colorful Scottish village.

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, you will make a number of varied photo stops along the way. Photographing the strange and dramatic rock formations of the Quiraing, 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.

Located just a few miles south is Loch Fada, which lends itself to photography because of the island situated in the middle of it and the fact that the backdrop is of the mighty Storr – Skye’s highest peak outside of the Cuillin. The best time to visit is when the air is still to have the best chance of getting a clear reflection on the water.

Sligachan is at the crossroads of the island, where you will find the old stone bridge. If there has been a bit of rain recently walk upstream and you may find some attractive rapids and small falls within a few hundred meters of the bridge. Drive a mile up the road towards Dunvegan and you will pass Loch Nan Eilean on your left-hand side. This is an excellent location in still conditions when the water will reflect the mountains. Given time it may be possible to photograph Neist Point late in the day, which is actually the most westerly point you can drive to in the UK. The iconic views are from a cliff top a short walk from the car park. Overnight Isle of Skye (B; B, D; B)

May 17-18: Highlands

Depart the Isle of Skye today and make your way to the Highlands. Given proper weather conditions you may have an early start with box breakfast to reach the very photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. Continue on with additional photography to your accommodations, set in the heart of Fort William, surrounded by mountains. In the Highlands, the past is all around. Ancient cairns and stone settings, the later brochs (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 still a special place and a place apart, 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, 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. 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. 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. On the shore there is a small harbor originally used by the slate industry; a fine walk along the shoreline provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight Fort William (D; B; B).

May 19: Highlands - Glasgow

You will have additional photography in the highlands this morning as well as photography stops enroute back to Glasgow. Arrive back at your airport hotel in time to enjoy dinner on your own, rest and re-pack for your flight home tomorrow. Overnight GLA airport hotel (B)

May 20: Glasgow-Home

Your return flight can be at any time today as you can simply walk across the street to the departure’s terminal at Glasgow Airport. (B)