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    Knoydart and the Small Isles

    39 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 9th Jul | 6th Aug Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

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    Region: West Highlands including Knoydart
    Trip Type: Photography
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 10
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    Often described as the last wilderness in Scotland, the Knoydart peninsula has an island atmosphere, isolated from the rest of the Western Highlands by the ‘rough bounds’, a notorious strip of mountainous terrain. For this reason, Knoydart has always been best accessed by boat which we use to our advantage during the week.

    From our accommodation on the tip of the peninsula we can also explore the nearby islands of Skye, Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, providing an appetising contrast of landscapes to work with during the holiday. On the boat trips we can expect to encounter whales, dolphins and porpoises, while sightings of golden eagles are common on Knoydart. Colin Prior’s photographic knowledge of the Highlands is second to none – and this region is one of his absolute favourites.

    This photography holiday is based at a remote wilderness lodge on the western tip of Knoydart. During the week, we have access a boat which means that we can easily visit many remote coastal areas, allowing us unique opportunities to interact with the landscape. The surrounding area of Loch Nevis and Loch Hourn as well as the Small Isles archipelago and Skye are all within reach although we will select our daily destinations based on the weather and the best opportunities for our photography workshops.

    Trip Highlights

    • Improve your photography skills in the company of Colin Prior - one of the UK's leading landscape photographers.
    • Access to some of the finest wilderness landscapes in Scotland by using our private boat.
    • Capture the spectacular mountain scenery and encounter wildlife such as eagles and dolphins.
    • Sample fresh local cuisine in the award winning restaurant at our remote lodge.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – The Photography Holiday Begins! 

    We meet in Mallaig which is easily reached by car or train via the spectacular West Highland Railway Line. Mallaig has plenty of long term parking which is free and where vehicles can be left for the duration of the workshop. A short 20-minute boat journey will take us to Doune on the tip of the Knoydart peninsula. After an informal introduction of the group and to the facilities at Doune, we meet for dinner.  (D)

    Day 2 – Isle of Muck

    After breakfast, we meet aboard the Mary Doune and head south-west to the island of Muck. Our anchorage is a secluded bay where coral sands are backed by rocky terraces on which a large colony of common seals resides. The bird life is often prolific with oystercatchers, ringed plover, dunlin and common gulls defending their territories from unwelcome visitors. We head up and onto a higher headland which has spectacular views overlooking Rum, Eigg and Skye, and if tidal conditions permit cross to Horse Island. Returning over Muck’s single road takes us to the tea shop where refreshments are available before our departure back to Doune. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 – Loch Hourn

    As we enter the mouth of Loch Hourn, which is essentially a fjord, the view north is dominated by Beinn Sgritheall – one of the steepest mountains in Scotland. We continue up past Ladhar Bheinn and Barrisdale Bay to one of the most beautifully wooded parts of the glen. To the north, the lower slopes of Druim Fada are covered with sessile oak, birch and rowan, whilst on the southern slopes stands of ancient Scots pine cover the landscape. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 – The Isle of Eigg

    Heading out in a south-westerly direction today, we travel down the east side of Eigg and arrive at the harbour an hour later. Here we transfer into a mini-bus and take a 20-minute drive to the Bay of Laig on the eastern side of the island. The Rum Cuillin rise vertically from sea level to almost 1000m and create a superb backdrop for photography in the bay. Two distinct areas provide endless photographic opportunities: the coral sand beach and the rocky shoreline where cannonball concretions are framed by the Rum Cuillin. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 – Loch Eishort, Skye

    Rounding the Point of Sleat – the most southerly point on Skye we head over to Loch Eishort where the full Cuillin Ridge rises before us. Our destination today is to Boreraig, an isolated spot on the shores of Loch Eishort where the remains of a pre-crofting township stand. It was from here in 1853 that Lord MacDonald forcibly evicted 120 men, women and children. Ammonites can be found in the limestones rocks. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 – The Isle of Rum

    Rum’s rugged coastline is a landscape of contrasts. From towering sandstone cliffs to secluded sandy beaches, its underlying geology has created some fantastic photographic locations. At Guirdil the sea has channelled a cave through a sandstone headland and south, in another bay, lies a Torridonian sandstone boulder field where brightly coloured lichens can be found. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 – Canna and Sanday

    We head along the east side of Rum towards, Canna’s the north cliffs which rise 200 metres from the sea. These are home to thousands of the breeding seabirds, which include, puffin, razorbills, shags, kittiwakes and white-tailed eagles. In the afternoon, we will sail to Sandy to photograph the basalt stacks on which a large colony of puffins’ nest. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 – Return to Mallaig

    Following breakfast, we board the Mary Doune for the final time and return to Mallaig. For those travelling by rail, we arrive at 0930 in time to catch the morning train back to Glasgow. (B)

    Knoydart and the Small Isles

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    Trip Dates & Prices

    Trip Dates for 2022AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    9th Jul - 16th Jul 2022Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£1,950
    6th Aug - 13th Aug 2022Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£1,950

    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    Our accommodation on Knoydart is an alpine- style wilderness lodge set right by the beach amongst magnificent coastal and mountain scenery, and views across to Skye.

    With a spacious interior, you will be allocated a single room unless you request a double/twin. Bedrooms are located on the upper level while the ground floor consists of a large lounge and open plan kitchen (this is for tea & coffee – we dine in the restaurant). Shared bathroom facilities are adjacent to the kitchen, with showers, basins & toilets – there are no en-suite rooms.

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    Freshly prepared, locally sourced meals are taken in the adjacent “Taste of Scotland” accredited restaurant and are a real highlight of this trip, with freshly caught seafood a particular speciality. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. The restaurant is licensed and offers an excellent choice of wines, beers and spirits

    Inclusions Read More
    • 7 nights accommodation in a remote Wilderness Lodge by the shore. Each client will have their own single room, unless a twin or double room is requested.
    • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are included throughout (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All boat transfers during the holiday, starting and finishing in Mallaig.
    • The services of Colin Prior, who will work closely with each group member throughout the trip, helping you develop your photographic skills.
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by Colin Prior on the main platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 5:50pm on Day 1 of your trip. The time coincides with the arrival of the train from Glasgow. You will be dropped back at 10.00am on the last day in time for 10.10am train. For full details on how to get to Mallaig, please see our website: Recommended Travel.

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    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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    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.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Stevie Christie

    As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year. His love for adventure and knowledge of Scotland inspired him to help Colin design this exciting photography trip.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    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.

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 39 review(s) of Photography – Knoydart and the Small Isles


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    Linda St. Claire

    Reviewed on 24/08/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 07/08/2021
    Trips Taken: 2

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    Alison Tetley

    Reviewed on 18/08/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 07/08/2021
    Trips Taken: 4

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    Elaine McKenzie

    Reviewed on 20/08/2019

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 03/08/2019
    Trips Taken: 2

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    Wilderness reaches the places that are potentially unreachable! Excellent planning and execution incorporating first class leaders.

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