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There’s a charm about Islay that captivates – perhaps it’s about the diversity of the interface between land and sea which changes dramatically around the island. Perhaps it’s the richness and abundance of its wildlife, or perhaps it’s just ‘Ileach time’ – a pace that is more in keeping with the natural rhythms of the Hebridean island.
We are based at the Port Charlotte Hotel located in the conservation village of Port Charlotte on a beach-side location with stunning sea views to Loch Indaal. The hotel is recommended in Michelin and Good Food Guides and is highly rated in the Best of Scotland Guide and holds a ‘Taste our Best’ Certificate awarded by Visit Scotland.
Colin will meet you at 09:00am within Glasgow Central Station in front of Burger King. After the group has assembled we will drive to Kennacraig to catch the ferry to Islay which departs at 1:00pm, arriving at 3:05pm. We will continue our journey to the Port Charlotte Hotel where we will check before we head out to our first location. (D)
An early morning rise to capture the sunrise at Saligo Bay where marram grass dunes overlook the Atlantic. Return for breakfast at the hotel, after which we will drive to the Oa peninsula, situated in the south of the island. The cliffs afford great views in all direction – north to Eileanan Mora and Loch Indaal and east to Beinn Mhor and Port an Eas. (B, L, D)
Today we drive north, towards Loch Gruinart where expansive white sand beaches are rivalled only by those on Harris. When the tide is low, myriad shades of turquoise and blue can be seen in the water. At the end of the peninsula, Ardnave Point lies beyond marram grass dunes and overlooks Nave Island. The area is an RSPB Reserve and is rich in all kinds of bird life, particularly wildfowl and waders. After an early dinner, we will reposition for sunset at Sanaigmore Bay. (B, L, D)
An early rise to shoot over the white sands of Machir Bay, followed by breakfast. We will then drive north to Port Askaig and cross the Sound of Islay by ferry to Jura. During the day we will explore Jura’s coastline, shooting at several locations, including Craighouse’s coastline and Lowlandman’s Bay, before returning to Islay for dinner. (B, L, D)
Dominated by cliffs and sea stacks, the bay at Lower Killeyan forms an amphitheatre overlooking Loch Indaal and Port Charlotte on the far side of the loch. The south-west coast of The Oa is home to a wide variety of birds, which includes golden eagle, peregrine falcon and hen harrier. We explore Beinn Mhor’s quartzite summit which stands 202m above Port nan Gallan. (B, L, D)
After checking out, we will drive to Port Askaig and board the ferry which departs for Kennacraig at 0945 and arrives at 1150, which should put us comfortably back in Glasgow for 1500 where the workshop will conclude. (B, L, D)
Based at the Port Charlotte Hotel, all clients will have a private room with en-suite facilities.
Each client will have a single room (unless a double or twin is requested) and all of the rooms are en-suite.
Dinner will either be in the hotel, in Yan’s Kitchen or Peatzeria in Bowmore and these will be pre-booked before our arrival in Islay. This will allow us to adopt a more flexible approach for sunset after dinner. Clients are responsible for their own meals aboard the Calmac ferry.
Freshly prepared, locally sourced meals are taken in a range of local restaurants. Meals are a real highlight of this trip, with freshly caught seafood a particular speciality. Naturally, any special dietary requirements can be catered for.
You will meet Colin Prior at Glasgow Central Station in front of Burger King 09.00am on Day 1 of your trip.
You will be returned to Glasgow Central Station 3:00pm on the final day of your trip.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY COACH
Colin Prior is one of Britain’s leading landscape photographers. His spectacular panoramic images capture the beauty and eternal quality of the world’s wild places, especially those of his own native Scotland.
He brings to his work a strong personal vision combined with supreme technical mastery of his chosen medium. Each photograph uniquely captures fleeting moments of nature that will never repeat themselves.
Colin is also a patient and skilled photography coach and enjoys helping clients improve their skills on these trips.
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|21st Apr - 26th Apr 2020||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£2,100|
Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.
David loves the lure of wild places. He’s regularly seen heading off with his canoe, camera and tent for a night under the stars. David spent 5 years as an outdoor guide and instructor with qualifications from the Mountain Training Association and British Canoe Association. He’s passionate about photography and has been commended for his striking images of Scotland’s wild places.
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Green Graded Photography Holidays 1-3
Our Green graded photography trips are suitable for people who enjoy outdoor photography and easy hiking, and have a reasonable level of fitness. We will be accessing wild locations to photograph so you should be comfortable hiking for up to 3 hours at a time. Our Knoydart trip utilises a private launch and dinghy to access some remote locations so for this trip you must be also be comfortable getting in and out of the dinghy.
The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. The days are fairly leisurely and we spend about 6-8 hours outdoors. Out timetable will be flexible however, so we may head out early for a few hours before taking a break and going out again in the evening to take advantage of the best light.
Our photography trips are not graded by your degree of photography skill – a small group size means you will have lots of time for one-to-one tuition regardless of your starting level.