PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Scotland Photo Tour with Brenda Tharp

  • The lochs, moors, and mountains of the Highlands.
  • Photograph and explore the diverse landscape of the Isle of Skye.
  • Exploring the quaint seaside fishing villages of Mull.
  • Customized boat trip to the Isle of Staffa, and the smaller isles in search of Puffins.
  • Accommodations on the harbor in Kyleakin and countryside setting on Isle of Mull.
  • 10 Maximum number of participants.
  • Professional photography leader Brenda Tharp.
Region

Europe

Destination

Scotland

Dates

October 8-20, 2020

Duration

12 days

$4895

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 6 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 5 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 $995.

Tour Overview

Join us on a journey into a land of hauntingly beautiful landscapes. Windswept hills, forests, moors, bogs, streams, rivers, lochs, and the rugged sea coast all add up to an amazing amount of places to explore and photograph Scotland’s wild Highlands. Explore the Isle of Mull and Isle of Skye, incorporating the Quirang range and the Old Man of Storr formation, the Cuillin Hills, the rugged seascapes around Iona, and scenes along the many lochs and rivers.

Shaggy-faced Highland cows will...

Join us on a journey into a land of hauntingly beautiful landscapes. Windswept hills, forests, moors, bogs, streams, rivers, lochs, and the rugged sea coast all add up to an amazing amount of places to explore and photograph Scotland’s wild Highlands. Explore the Isle of Mull and Isle of Skye, incorporating the Quirang range and the Old Man of Storr formation, the Cuillin Hills, the rugged seascapes around Iona, and scenes along the many lochs and rivers.

Shaggy-faced Highland cows will watch us curiously as we travel past their pastures, backed by rolling hills of moorland, while sea birds soar around the rugged cliffs and dive into the Sound. A visit to Fingal’s cave and seabird colonies are planned (weather permitting). Photograph the landscape, and the towns of Oban and Tobermory, capturing the picturesque life of Scotland.

Brenda Tharp is thrilled to be taking you to the wild landscape of the Highlands and the Isles of Skye and Mull. 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.

Accommodations are at quaint inns or lodges, all rooms having private bathrooms. Typical lodging in these area’s are traditional, clean and more than comfortable for photography groups. Breakfasts will be taken at the lodges, while lunches will usually be picnics in the field or pub lunches, with dinners at local restaurants. The food is both delicious and wholesome. Transportation will be in a comfortable mini-bus with ample room for your luggage and gear.

Breakfasts will be taken at the lodges, while lunches will usually be picnics in the field or pub lunches, with dinners on your own at local restaurants. The food is both delicious and wholesome.

Photo Leader

Brenda Tharp

Tour Itinerary

October 8: Home

Depart from the U.S. today on an overnight flight to Glasgow International Airport (GLA). Your arrival time on October 9 will need to be around 11am or prior, if any questions or concerns, please contact our office. Recommendations for airport hotels will be given if you would like to arrive early.

October 9: Glasgow – Glencoe

Your local guide and driver, will meet you at the Glasgow Airport (time to be announced) and you will be on your way to the Highlands with photographic stops along the way. Accommodations for the next three evenings will be in the heart of Glencoe, surrounded by mountains. Overnight Glencoe. (L)

October 10-11: Glencoe

You will have two additional days to immerse yourselves in the highlands of Scotland, with Glencoe being an excellent base from which to explore the region. Signal Rock is a pleasant short walk from the inn, where in the past, bonfires were lit to warn of imminent danger. The walk follows a small wooded valley with the banks of the burn full of wild flowers. A couple of miles away are three varied walks in the Glencoe Lochans area. Each walk which takes an hour or so, gives attractive views to Loch Leven, the Pap of Glencoe, and is through attractive grounds landscaped in the nineteenth century with woodland and lochs.

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. Our various drives will offer numerous stopping points to admire and photograph the Three Sisters mountain peaks, Valley of the waterfalls and cascades, sometimes in fine woodland, other times in open moorland. 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, leaving the main road opposite Buachaille Etive Mor, 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. Overnights Glencoe (B & L each day)

October 12-14: Isle of Skye

Photograph the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle on the way to the Isle of Skye today. A warm welcome awaits us at a quaint harbor side hotel in Kyleakin where we will have image reviews. There are views from the hotel of the harbor and Castle Moil – an ancient MacKinnon stronghold – with its own Viking history and ‘saucy’ Norse traditions. Explore the Sligachan Valley with waterfalls, Fairy Pools, and views of the Black Cuillin Mountains, both offering dramatic landscapes. One day we will head North on this lovely Isle to 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. At Duntulm we will spend some time on the beach where we will find some fascinating rock pools and other subjects.

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. You can hike up to its base, and into The Sanctuary. The fantastic views have extraordinary photographic potential of the rocky landscape. Given time we can explore Lealt Falls and some of the amazing views across the Sound of Raasay. Overnights Isle of Skye (B & L each day)

October 15-18: Inner Hebrides - Isle of Mull

From Skye we will have a gentle day travelling to the Isle of Mull, by way of two short ferry journeys across the Sound of Sleat and the Sound of Mull, and a forty-mile drive across the spectacular Ardnamurchan Peninsula. This being the most westerly tip of mainland UK, the Mallaig lighthouse is featured as one of your many photographic opportunities as we arrive from Skye. Tioram Castle, set on a rocky headland near Acharacle, will present another opportunity.

Landing on the Isle of Mull at Tobermory, the island’s main town, which sits at the back of a pretty bay and the multi-colored stone houses and old pier present a lovely setting. From Tobermory there will be a short drive to the hotel, our base on the island for four evenings. At the south end of Mull, we will visit Iona Abbey on the beautiful Isle of Iona with its white sand beaches, and given proper weather conditions travel out to the Island of Staffa for the extraordinary Fingals Cave and other basalt rock formations, as well as the puffins and seabirds that breed there and on nearby islands. Your guide has arranged a private boat trip, giving the group extended time at a leisurely pace to photograph. The north of the island is different again with glorious views to the Western Isles, fine golden sands at Calgary, deep glens, rocky fortresses and plenty of surprises for photography.

Take advantage of some early morning and late night photography of the surrounding landscape. Organized walks with Brenda, or simply wander on your own as time permits. Overnights Isle of Mull (B & L each day)

October 19: Glasgow

Leaving early this morning, we travel again via ferry to Oban, on the mainland. Oban is one of the main towns of the west coast and we will stop a while to admire and photograph, before our final three-hour drive south to Glasgow. Overnight Glasgow Airport Hotel (B & L)

October 20: Home

The hotel is easy walking distance to the airport, therefore your flight can be at anytime today.