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October 2, 2015 - October 4, 2015

Photography - Colin Prior Dunkeld Workship Autumn

    • Dates: 2nd – 4th Oct 2015
    • Duration: 2 nights
    • Location: Dunkeld
    • Start/Finishes: Inverness
    • Comfort: Classic
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Price: £599 (Partners £49 DBB per night)


  • Spend two days developing your photography skills with Colin Prior
  • Luxury accommodation at the Hilton Dunkeld House hotel with dinner in the Garden Restaurant.
  • Enjoy access to some of the best locations in Perthshire
  • Tutorials, one-to-one tuition and feedback on your work.


Easy straightforward hiking generally over good trails with no major ascents. The days are fairly leisurely and we spend about four hours outdoors. Terrain underfoot is mainly on paths or hill trails which may be muddy in places. Daily walks are mainly glens or coastal hikes with some ascents up to 450m (1500ft).


Situated just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, the Hilton Dunkeld House hotel stands amidst 280 acres of Perthshire countryside. Overlooking the River Tay, the Garden Restaurant serves the best seasonal produce from the Highlands in a relaxed and informal setting.


  • Two nights accommodation in thefour-star Hilton Dunkeld House.
  • Each client will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner are included throughout.
  • Personal tuition, critique sessions and tutorials.
  • All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Dunkeld.


Our base at the Hilton Dunkeld House hotel gives us easy access to the surrounding Perthshire landscape and to the rivers Tay and Braan. During the weekend, we will cover tutorials, practical work and a group critique session on our return. On Sunday morning, we shoot at dawn before returning for breakfast. Colin will give one-to-one tuition in the field and if time permits feedback on individual images.

The course is best suited to photographers who have a working knowledge of photography. Camera equipment is dependant on individual preference, budget and experience and whetheryou shoot with a DSLR or a mirror-less system is unimportant.What is important however is that you are familiarwith your camera’s layout and menu structure and understand the differences between the shooting modes.

Photography explore - landscape photo of trees


Below is a typical itinerary, which inevitably will change to take advantage of the optimum weather conditions on the day. The decision about the following days location is usually made the evening before when the most up-to-date weather forecasts have been studied.

Friday Evening

6 – 7.30 p.m. Welcome reception and presentation

8 p.m. Dinner


9 – 10.30 a.m. Tutorial

11 – 4 p.m.On location in Dunkeld (packed lunch)

4.30 – 7p.m. Hotel – group critique

8 p.m. Dinner


6.30 – 8.30a.m. Early morning photography

9a.m. Breakfast

10 – 12a.m. Tutorial

12.00 – 1.45p.m. Buffet lunch

2 – 3.45p.m. On location at The Hermitage

4p.m. End

Photography wild - river in autumn

This trip starts and finishes in Dunkeld. For train time-tables, costs and reservations follow these links:


The workshop commences on Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the Drawing Room with an introduction and presentation. Partners are welcome to join this session.


The trip price is £599 per person (Partners £49 DBB per night)
Group size is up to ten clients.


  • 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
  • Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip salve

Carrying equipment for every eventuality is also counter-intuitive and you should avoid your experience outdoors being overshadowed by the weight of your bag – at the end of the day you are here to enjoy and not endure.

Cameras – Camera equipment is very much a personal choice and is dependant on individual preference, budget and experience. Whetheryou 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 understand the differences between the shooting modes.

Camera bag – bring a camera bag that allows you to comfortably carry your equipment over rugged terrain. Backpacksdistribute the weight between your shoulders and hips making walking much easier than a bag with a shoulder strap and are normally protected against wind and rain.

Tripod – the ideal tripod needs to be light enough to carry but heavy enough to perform in winds. A tripod is essential for landscape photographyallowing camera settings to be used that would otherwise be impossible. 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 aluminium.

Remote release– an indispensible accessory, which eradicatesvibrations when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

Lenses – again, lenses are dependant on personal choice, budget and also the subjects pursued by each photographer. For travel photography an excellent solution is to have two zoom lenses such as a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. With two lenses, a range of 24-200mm can be covered, which will account for 95% of your images. If you are interested in more intimate landscapes, a 100mm Macro lens opens up a wider range of possibilities.

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 storage drive. Bringing your own laptop will allow you to see what you have shot each day and will facilitate critique sessions.

Spare batteries – batteries can be re-charged daily if necessary, however it makes sense to bring a spare battery to maximise your opportunities of taking photographs.

Lens cloth – a lens cloth is useful for removing rain or sea spray if it finds its way onto a lens.


Contact: Helen Guy in reservations at the Hilton Dunkeld House hotel
Direct line: 01350 728331
Email: helen.guy@hilton.com


October 2, 2015
October 4, 2015


Dunkeld House Hotel
Dunkeld, Perthshire PH8 0HX United Kingdom
01350 728333