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    Skye and the West Highlands

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    Next Trip(s): 9th Apr Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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    Trip created by Colin Prior
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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Photography
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 10
    Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
    Deposit From: £487.50 £487.50


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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 doubt, offers some of the most varied and dramatic landscapes in Scotland. 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 Sheil 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

    Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 0830 on Wednesday. Inverness is a small station so it will be easy to identify Colin. On the final day of the workshop, we will return you to Inverness Railway Station at 1500, allowing clients to connect with the evening services south. After the group has assembled, we will drive to the Eilein Iarmain Hotel where we check in and head out to Tokavaig and Dunscaith Castle. Dinner at Eilean Iarmin (D)

    Day 2 – Ord and The Old Man of Storr

    A 0500 rise to shoot sunrise on the Cuillin. The full ridge, including Blaven, rise in a panorama above Loch Eishort which creates great opportunities for capturing the dawn colours. We return for breakfast, after which our journey takes us northwards, to the Old Man of Storr, where we follow the path to the basalt pinnacles – a rise of 675m which overlooks Raasay and Torridon beyond. We descend and for an early dinner at Portree’s best fish restaurant, Sea Breezes, to allow us to be in position for a sunset. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 – Elgol and the Quiraing

    Another 0500 start to capture the sunrise from Elgol. The headland and beach area offers endless photographic possibilities with views across Loch Scavaig towards the Cuillin ridge and Blaven. We return for breakfast and following a tutorial session, depart for the Quiraing in north Skye stopping at a variety of locations en route. Early dinner at Sea Breezes restaurant, which will allow us to position again for sunset. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 – Torridon and Loch Maree

    Following breakfast, we will depart for Torridon where we will have the opportunity to photograph some of the most spectacular mountains in Scotland, 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. Dinner at Eilean Iarmin. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 – Kintail and Glen Shiel

    After checking out, we will drive to Kintail to photograph a wild and spectacular series of waterfalls on the River Shiel. The river, at this location, drops around thirty metres and has created deep pools overhung by rowan, hazel and willow trees. After lunch, we will depart for Inverness at 1300 to facilitate arrival at Inverness Station at 1500 where the workshop will conclude. (B, L)

    Skye and the West Highlands

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    9th Apr - 13th Apr 20226 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£1,950Book Now

    What's Included

    Accommodation Read More

    We are delighted to base this photography trip at a wonderful guest house which is located on the waterfront close to the village of Balmacara in Kintail. It is less than 5 mins drive from the Skye Bridge and also offers enticing panoramas from the lounge. It is ideally situated for trips to Kintail and Applecross as well as Skye.

    The emphasis is very much on dawn photography and with suitable weather, we will typically depart at 5.00 a.m. for locations in south Skye, returning for a full breakfast at 8.30 a.m.

    Accommodation comprises of 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 the evenings as the chef is well known as one of the best in the region. Naturally, any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 4 nights accommodation in a single room within a stylish guest house, situated on the shore of Loch Alsh near the village of Balmacara.
    • 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 photographic skills.
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by Colin Prior at the fixed seating area of Inverness Railway Station at 8:30am on Day 1 of your trip. The London Sleeper arrives at 8:30am, if you are on this 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 for 15.00hrs on the last day. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Recommended Travel.

    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.

    Other Read More

    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.

    Speak to an Expert

    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 experience of living in the Highlands for many years has helped design this exciting photography trip of Skye and The West Highlands.

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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 review(s) 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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