Wild Light – The Isle of Arran Photo Retreat 10th – 13th May 2023, 4 days £1295.00 (deposit £150.00) max 4 participants – 2 places left
The beautiful Isle of Arran is located in the Firth of Clyde and is the most southerly of Scotland’s Islands, it’s also the seventh biggest. Just an hours ferry crossing from the mainland takes us to the small coastal town of Brodick where we disembark and start our adventure.
Isle of Arran Photo Retreat Highlights
Known as Scotland in miniature the Island of Arran’s north is full of drama with high peaks, remote Glen’s, wild Atlantic coastline and picturesque villages. You could be forgiven you were in the remote north west Highlands at times. The Island’s highest peak is Goatfell (873m) and the drama of the mountain range features as the backdrop for several of our locations.
To the south of the Island lie lower lands with little of them rising above 350m, it’s a gentler landscape with beaches and views out to Ailsa Craig, and the Holy Isle. Geography ranges from open pasture, moorland, Celtic standing stones, woodlands, sandy beaches and coves.
Our itinerary will see us explore and circumnavigate the whole island, we may even capture sight of a Dolphin pod that regularly patrols the island’s shores.
A walk on the wild side
You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Arran photo retreat. You’ll be breaking away from many of the well trodden tourist locations as much as possible to seek out wild, remote and unique Island landscapes, and getting far away from the selfie sticks and tour buses.
By taking a walk on the wild side you’ll be staying in remote retreats such as Highland cottages and small guest houses that we’ll have exclusive use of for all our workshop needs.
This means you’ll have better access to photograph the wildest and most isolated Highland and Island locations. Plus as mentioned there are only 4 places available for each trip, making them a more intimate learning experience*.
On this photo retreat you’ll really get a chance to immerse yourself in some truly spectacular Scottish landscapes. Leaving the van behind we’ll set off on foot as much as we can to really immerse ourselves into the landscape.
Less is more
Less participants crowding out locations guarantees you’ll gain a better insight into overcoming the challenges of photographing wild places like the Highlands. With expert help and guidance from your guide and award winning photographer Glen Campbell M.Photog leading the way.
In the Wild Highlands there will be more time to enjoy the space, peace and sanctuary that one of Europe’s last wilderness areas can still offer.
With 18 years in the field of photography tuition you’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters, long exposures and final execution of image capture. An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested. We will review all our days images with the use of a high resolution projector.
Self-catering rural Highland cottages, retreats or small guest houses close by to our locations will ensure we make the most of our time and create a sociable and fun environment.
As with most of my trips everyone gets their own room, details of the venue will be available soon.
For meals we may self-cater for evening meals if practical or visit a local pub restaurant. You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a dram or two. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions.
Fitness level Moderate. Some low level hill walking ( up to 1 mile) uneven terrain and some hilly, boggy ground.
Please contact Glen if you have any questions regarding your booking or this trip.
3 nights single occupancy Accommodation with breakfast
Pick up and drop off
Transport to all locations
4 days guiding, technical and creative assistance
Snacks and refreshments
Start time 10:30 pick up in Halbeath park and ride*, Fife or North Queensferry station** a few stops outside Edinburgh. If you need any help or advice getting there just let me know.
We’ll then set off to Adrossan to catch the ferry over to Arran
End time 18:00 drop off in Edinburgh / Halbeath
*You can leave your car at this big park and ride for free or ** small station 15 minutes out of Edinburgh
Suitable for – beginners, intermediate and advanced participants.