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    Skye and the West Highlands

    10 reviews

    Next Trip: 12th - 16th Apr 2023 Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

    From £2,050 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Photography
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 10
    Confirmed: When 4 Travellers Book
    Deposit From: £512.50 £512.50


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    This photography holiday explores one of the most spectacular regions of the Scottish Highlands – Skye and the West Highlands of Kintail, Applecross and Torridon.

    Skye, without a doubt, offers some of Scotland’s most varied and dramatic landscapes. Renowned for the Cuillin Mountains, which are in a league of their own, the island features many other unique features, including the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing on the Trotternish Ridge. Its coastal scenery is no less dramatic, with superb views towards the Cuillin, especially at dusk and dawn.

    Our accommodation is perfectly positioned for exploring both Skye and the western end of Glen Shiel where the mountain scenery is also spectacular. Our itinerary is arranged to offer a wide variety of photographic locations both on the mainland and on Skye for a rewarding five days.

    Recommended Reading: Highland Wilderness by Colin Prior and Skye by Cailean Maclean

    Trip Highlights

    • Visit the Isle of Skye, the location for some of Colin Prior's signature images.
    • Photograph a variety of coastal, mountain and moorland landscapes.
    • Spend five days in the Highlands developing your photography with Colin Prior.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Travel to Skye

    We’ll meet underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 8:30. Inverness is a small station so it will be easy to identify Colin. After the group has assembled, we will drive to our hotel for the next four nights and check in, before heading out to our first location. (L, D)

    Day 2 – Elgol and The Quiraing

    If the forecast is favourable, an early start will allow us to position for sunrise at Elgol. The headland and rocky foreshore offer superb views across Loch Scavaig towards the Cuillin Ridge and Blaven. We return for breakfast, after which, our journey takes us northwards to the Quiraing in the north of Skye, stopping at a variety of locations along the way. We return to Portree for an early dinner at Sea Breezes, which allows us to be in position for sunset. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 – Ord and Old Man of Storr

    With a favourable forecast, an early start will take us to Ord where the Cuillin rise across Loch Eishort. Following breakfast, Colin will present a tutorial that covers many relevant aspects of the photographic process. We will then drive towards the Old Man of Storr and to a wild and secluded headland where there are opportunities to explore the rocks and tidal pools. We return to Portree for an early dinner, which allows us again, to be in position for sunset. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 – Torridon and Loch Maree

    Following breakfast, we will depart for Torridon where some of the most spectacular mountains in Scotland are located, including Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe. In the afternoon, we will drive to a location where Slioch rises from the north shore of Loch Maree, behind stands of ancient Scots pine. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 – Kintail and Glen Shiel

    After breakfast, Colin will organise a group critique. We will then drive to Kintail and photograph along the watercourse of the River Shiel, which drops around thirty metres in a series of waterfalls which have created deep pools overhung by rowan, hazel and willow trees. Following lunch, we will depart for Inverness where the workshop will conclude. (B, L)

    Photography Trip
    Skye and the West Highlands

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    Trip Dates & Prices

    Trip Dates for 2023AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    12th Apr - 16th Apr 2023Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£2,050

    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    We are delighted to base this photography trip at a wonderful hotel in a secluded bay on the Isle of Skye, perfectly situated for our tour.

    The emphasis is very much on dawn photography and with suitable weather, we will typically depart at 5:00 for locations in south Skye, returning for a full breakfast.

    Single Rooms

    Accommodation comprises double and twin rooms, all of which are en-suite. Solo travellers will be accommodated in a room to themselves.

    Meals Read More

    All meals are included and we can look forward to some delicious three-course dinners. Any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 4 nights accommodation in a single room within a stylish hotel, situated on the Sleat Peninsula on the Isle of Skye.
    • All meals during the trip. (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All transport throughout the trip, in a spacious people carrier, starting and finishing in Inverness.
    • The services of Colin Prior, who will work closely with each group member throughout the holiday, helping you develop your photography skills.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. 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. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    Arrival and departure

    You will be met by Colin Prior at the fixed seating area of Inverness Railway Station at 8:30 on Day 1 of your trip. The London Sleeper arrives at 8:30, so if you are on this train please let us know in advance. Inverness is a small railway station so it will be easy to identify Colin. We aim to have you back at the station by 14.30 on the final day.

    For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website:


    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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    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.

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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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    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 4.70 out of 5 based on 10 reviews of Photography – Skye and the West Highlands


    Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

    That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


    Norman McNab

    Reviewed on 07/09/2021

    Age: 80 - 90
    Country: Scotland
    Trip Date: 31/08/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    It is difficult to comment since I already have extensive knowledge of all the wild areas of Scotland. The key factor was the opportunity to work and learn with Colin Prior to further develop my photography. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience but cannot truly evaluate Wilderness Scotland's contribution. Perhaps if I had undertaken a trip in, say kayaking where I have no experience, I would be better able to evaluate Wilderness Scotland's product. Don't take this as negative. I would recommend Wilderness Scotland to a visitor from outside Scotland.


    David Gallitano

    Reviewed on 24/04/2019

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 10/04/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line


    Michael Mulligan

    Reviewed on 24/04/2019

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 10/04/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

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