The Highlands, Isle of Skye, Isle of Lewis and Harris
Join Randy Hanna and Scottish guide Marcus McAdam, as we explore some of the best that Scotland has to offer—the Isle of Skye, Isle of Lewis and Harris, and the Scottish Highlands. For 10 days, we’ll be photographing coastlines, forests, mountains, lakes, architecture, ancient monuments, and more! We promise to get you to the right spot, and maximize the light available to us. While we work on the “art of seeing” in the field, we'll be covering shooting for HDR, panoramas, slow exposures, composing for black and white, and more. We will also offer image review sessions and teach you our post-processing workflow in Lightroom. We won't waste a moment—like we say, "we put the work in workshop!" Expect to be up early, and out there late. With clear weather, we may even photograph the night skies!
October 15–24, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
October 15, 2020: Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland no later than 10:00 AM this morning. We will meet at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport, located 100 yards from the airport. We’ll begin with a group lunch, then head out to our hotel in Glencoe.
October 16, 2020: We’ll start the day with a sunrise shoot, either down by the water in Glencoe or up in the highlands. We’ll then stop for breakfast, followed by our first image review to check camera settings and technique. This is an important session as it will establish skills for the rest of the workshop. After lunch and a short break, we'll head out for our evening sunset shoot to the Castle Stalker/Kilchurn, located on a small island over a reflecting bay.
October 17, 2020: At our sunrise shoot up in the highlands, we'll photograph Lochen na h-achlaise at Rannoch Moor, Loch Baa, Buchaille Etive Mor (“the Buckle”), The Three Sisters of Glencoe, and more. Afterwards, we’ll head back to the hotel for breakfast and checkout. By late morning, we'll continue on to Glenfinnan to photograph steam trains traveling through a scenic landscape, followed by a ferry ride to the Isle of Skye. Once on Skye we'll drive to our hotel at Sligachan, check in, and then head out for an evening photo shoot. Dinner to follow at our hotel.
October 18, 2020: Weather permitting, we’ll have a sunrise shoot at either the Quiraing, or the Old Man of Storr. Either location offers spectacular vantage points, with rolling green hills and craggy rocks. We’ll return for breakfast at the hotel, followed by an image review. Afterwards, we’ll have lunch and rest until our afternoon photo shoot at Elgol. Elgol offers a scenic bay with cobblestone shore, highlighted by distant mountains. Sunsets here can be spectacular, with warm light cast on the surrounding cliffs. Dinner at the hotel.
October 19, 2020: We’ll photograph sunrise reflecting off the streams and moorlands adjacent to our hotel. We’ll then have breakfast and another image review before heading out to lunch and a visit to the Talisker Bay distillery and surrounding scenic bay. We’ll finish the day at Neist Point, with a sunset over the lighthouse. Dinner at a local restaurant.
October 20, 2020: Sunrise at either Old Man of Storr or the Quiraing, depending on weather and where we visited previously. Breakfast and checkout, followed by a ferry ride to the Isle of Lewis and Harris. Here we'll check in to our hotel and spend the evening on the beach near the hotel. Dinner at the Harris Hotel.
October 21, 2020: Sunrise at the Calanais Standing Stones, followed by breakfast in a local town. Late morning, we'll head back to the hotel for a rest and image review. After lunch, we’ll visit a traditional blackhouse village and spectacular arch along the sea. Dinner at our hotel in Harris.
October 22, 2020: Sunrise photo shoot at Garry beach, a large white sandy beach surrounded by amazing rocks. Breakfast and rest. Lunch and a camera lesson followed by an evening photo shoot at sea stacks. Dinner in town.
October 23, 2020: Sunrise at Lusketyre, another spectacular beach surrounded by rolling hills in warm sunrise light. Breakfast and checkout. We'll take the ferry back to Isle of Skye and drive to Dornie to check into our hotel. We'll spend the evening photographing the famous Eilean Donan Castle. Dinner in town.
October 24, 2020: No sunrise shoot on this last morning, just a nice sleep-in and breakfast. Following checkout, we’ll drive back to Glasgow for our departing flights. Flights home or elsewhere can be made for any time after 4:00 PM today.
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
All meals, soft drinks and snacks during the workshop
All transportation within Scotland during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews, post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Travel to and from Glasgow, Scotland. Optional Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance. Passport, visa fees. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically mentioned as included.