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October 28 - November 1


    • 28 October – 1 November 2020
    • Duration: 4 nights / 5 days
    • Location: Glencoe
    • Start/Finishes: Glasgow
    • Comfort: Classic
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Price: £1499


  • Spend five days developing your photography skills with Colin Prior
  • Photograph in some of the remotest locations in Scotland
  • Private en-suite accommodation at the comfortable Holly Tree Hotel and seafood restaurant
  • Tutorials and a critique session with personal feedback for everyone


Easy straightforward hiking generally over good trails with no major ascents. The days are fairly leisurely and we spend about 6-8 hours outdoors. Terrain underfoot is mainly on paths or hill trails which may be muddy in places.


Based at the privately run Holly Tree Hotel in Kentallen, the former railway station has been tastefully converted into a small luxury hotel. Standing at the edge of Loch Linnhe, it features an award-winning restaurant which specialises in locally sourced produce such as scallops, venison and lamb. All guests have private rooms, which are tastefully appointed with excellent en-suite facilities. The Captain’s Lounge Bar serves both local ales and a selection of malt whiskies.

  • Four nights accommodation in the Holly Tree Hotel.
  • Private accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals, which includes three courses from the à la carte menu.
  • Personal tuition, tutorials and critique session.
  • All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Glasgow.


Our base at the Holly Tree Hotel in Kentallen offers the best accommodation and food in the area and is situated close to the Corran Ferry which we will use to access the Ardnamurchan peninsula.

After an early breakfast, we will cross Loch Linnhe and be on location when the light is still low. The emphasis will be on a relaxed experience and the opportunity for people to take time out, slow down and connect with nature. The Japanese have known for years that spending mindful time in the woods is beneficial for body and soul. Shinrin-yoku, or ‘forest-bathing’ is a term that means ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care in Japan. The Western Atlantic oaklands offer myriad opportunities for being at one with the pulse of natural world.

We will return around 17:30 each night, which will allow time for anyone to review their images before dinner. During the course of the workshop, there will be tutorials and a group critique session on Saturday afternoon.


The order of the itinerary below may change to maximise photograhic opportunities and will be reviewed each evening when we have seen the latest weather forecast.

Day 1 – Pickup and Glen Nevis

Colin will meet you at 0900 in the seating area adjacent to Burger King within Glasgow Central Station. When everyone has arrived, we will drive to the Holy Tree Hotel in Kentallen and check in – a journey of around two hours. After lunch, we will head to Glen Nevis to a location where stands of birch and Scots pine cover the lower slopes of the Mamores.


Day 2 – Adrnamurchan peninsula

After an early breakfast we will cross Loch Linnhe, by way of the Corran Ferry, onto the Ardnamurchan peninsula and head to the first of two Atlantic oakwood locations where we will spend the day. The woods are a pristine environment that showcase the relationships between myriad species like nowhere else I have seen, with many photographic opportunities.


Day 3 – Ardnamuruchan peninsula

We will retrace yesterday’s journey via the Corran Ferry and drive to Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the British mainland where the lighthouse, built in 1849 by Alan Stevenson, is located. From there we will travel across to Sanna Bay which is renowned for its remoteness, white sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas.


Day 4 – Morvern peninsula

After an early breakfast we will cross, again, to Ardgour and drive to the Morvern peninsula. Here we will again visit two locations, rich in autumnal colour where oak matriarchs, probably 400 years in age, punctuate the landscape. If conditions permit there will be opportunities to photograph the reflected colours of the trees in the lochs.


Day 5 – Sutherland’s Grove

After breakfast we will check out of the Holly Tree and drive south to Sutherland’s Grove where a wooded beech gorge has been carved out by the Abhainn Teithil burn in a dramatic series of waterfalls. After lunch at 13:00, we will depart for Glasgow Central Station where we will arrive at 15:00.


This trip starts and finishes in Glasgow. For train timetables, costs and reservations follow these links:


Colin will meet you at 0900 within Glasgow Central Station in front of Burger King.

At the end of the workshop, we will return you to Glasgow Central Station on Sunday at 1500.


The trip price is £1499 per person.


  • Transport to and from the workshop start/end points
  • Travel insurance and personal equipment
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcohol and soft drinks, laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

The ability to respond to Scotland’s changeable weather with appropriate clothing will enhance your enjoyment. The key is to bring comfortable clothing, which will maintain your body temperature under a variety of weather conditions.

If you are at all susceptible to the cold, a down jacket or windproof fleece is the most effective way to keep warm and can quickly change your mental outlook.

  • Lightweight boots
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hat for sun protection or warmth
  • Casual clothes for evening wear
  • Personal wash kit
  • Head torch
  • Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip salve

Cameras – Camera equipment is very much a personal choice and is dependent on individual preference, budget, and experience. Whether you shoot with a 35mm DSLR or a mirror-less system is unimportant. What is important, however, is that you are familiar with your camera’s layout and menu structure and the difference between shooting modes. An understanding of the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO is essential.

Camera bag – bring a camera bag that allows you to comfortably carry your equipment over rugged terrain. Backpacks distribute the weight between your shoulders and hips making walking much easier than a bag with a shoulder strap and are normally weather-proofed.

Tripod – the ideal tripod needs to be light enough to carry comfortably but sufficiently robust to be used in winds. A tripod engenders a more contemplative approach to the photography and allows the use of slower shutters speeds. A wide range of models are available from Manfrotto and Gitzo and for more advanced photographers, carbon fibre tripods offer a lighter weight solution but essentially do the same job as those made from aluminum.

Lenses – like cameras, these come down to personal choice and will be determined by the type of subject matter normally pursued. Many photographers choose two zoom lenses; a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm, which will account for 90-95% of the images taken with only two lenses. Another popular combination is 24-105mm and 100-400mm. Some photographers prefer to work with prime lenses which offer improved performance at their respective focal lengths however, it usually means carrying more weight. If exploring the intimate landscape interests you, then a 90/100mm Macro lens can be ideal.

Filters – The most commonly used filters in digital photography are graduated neutral density filters. These differ from neutral density filters in that they allow you to control luminosity locally. They come in a variety of densities and gradations but in my experience, the most useful is a 0.6 soft and 0.6 hard. Several brands of ‘grads’ are available but by far the best is manufactured by Lee Filters. They also offer a professional filter holder which allows the gradation to be moved within the holder, relative to the scene. A polarising filter is useful for removing reflections from water and increasing contrast. Many photographers favour Lee’s ‘Big Stopper’ which transforms water and clouds into amorphous forms by increasing the exposure by 10 stops.

Backup and storage – Ensure that you have adequate memory cards and a means of backing up your work, either on a laptop, iPad or supplementary hard drive. Bringing your own laptop will allow you to see what you have shot each day and will facilitate critique sessions.

Remote release – essential to eradicate camera shake when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

Spare batteries – cold will adversely affect battery life so make sure you have extras.

Lens cloth – useful for removing rain or sea spray.


We accept bookings online, by phone and post. Booking online is straight forward and enables us to confirm your reservation immediately. Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant Trip Dossier and our Booking Terms and Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for a trip, please contact us.

To book online, simply click the relevant link from the trip page on our website. You will then be asked to complete the online booking form and proceed to payment. All payments made are directly through Worldpay in a totally secure environment.

For online bookings, we accept payment by Maestro, Visa Electron, Visa Debit and Solo debit cards or Visa/Mastercard/American Express credit cards. Please note that there is no charge for payment by debit card but a 2% surcharge for payment by credit card. A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 56 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required.

Should you prefer, you can call us with your reservation and card payment. This will enable us to confirm your place although, in all cases, we require a completed booking form (either online or by post) with details of all persons travelling. If booking by post, we accept all of the above payment methods plus cheque or bank transfer. If booking online we will confirm your booking immediately, including a copy of the Trip Dossier and an invoice for payment of the balance. If booking by any other method, we will confirm your booking within seven days of receipt.


It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation and curtailment and baggage cover. We work with and recommend Campbell Irvine Insurance whose policies are specially designed for adventure holidays and are underwritten by AXA Insurance.

Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.


October 28
November 1


Holly Tree Hotel
Glencoe, PA38 4BY United Kingdom
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