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October 10, 2018 - October 14, 2018


    • 10th – 14th October 2018
    • Duration: 4 nights / 5 days
    • Location: Glencoe
    • Start/Finishes: Glasgow
    • Comfort: Classic
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Price: £1350


  • Spend five days developing your photography skills with Colin Prior
  • Dusk and dawn photography in some of the most dramatic locations in Scotland
  • Private en-suite accommodation at the comfortable Holly Tree Hotel and seafood restaurant
  • Tutorials and critique sessions with individual feedback on each participants work
  • Workshop restricted to nine clients plus Colin and assistant


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. Daily walks are mainly glens or coastal hikes with some ascents up to 450m (1500ft).


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 extensive A La Carte menu.
  • Personal tuition, tutorials and critique sessions.
  • All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Glasgow.


Our base at the Holly Tree Hotel in Kentallen affords the best accommodation and cuisine in the area and facilitates our opportunities for dusk and dawn photography. In February a civilised 0700 departure will comfortably take us into Glencoe or the Rannoch Moor for sunrise, returning for breakfast around 1000.

After breakfast, we will drive to another location and re-position for sunset returning around 1730. If time permits there may be opportunities to critique some of the day’s images before heading out for dinner. During the course of the workshop, there will be tutorials and a group critique session.

Scotland Rannoch Moor Black Mount Lochan na hAchlaise - Colin Prior Glencoe workshop


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.

Day 1 – Pickup and Glen Etive

Colin will meet you at 0900 in front of Burger King within Glasgow Central Station. After the group has assembled we will drive to our hotel in Kentallen, where we will check in. After lunch, we will head out to Glen Etive where the River Etive falls in a series of spectacular waterfalls and head to a secluded location where Scots pine, holly and birch line the banks of a tributary river.

Day 2 – Glencoe and Glen Nevis

An early start to photograph sunrise on the BuachailleEtive Mor. Standing at the entrance to Glencoe, the Great Shepherd of Etive assumes the characteristics of a great pyramid from this angle and has become an icon of the Scottish Highlands. After returning for breakfast, we will head north to Glen Nevis. The one-hour drive will take us up a winding road to the high point which gives us access to an excellent path which takes us to the Steall Waterfall.

Day 3 – Rannoch Moor and Adrnamurchan

Another early start will take us onto the Rannoch Moor where we will have opportunities to photograph Black Mount across Lochan na-h’Achlaise. After breakfast, we will board the Corran Ferry and drive to Ardour and to Sunart oakwoods.

Day 4 – Glencoe and Loch Tulla

This morning we head for a high point which overlooks the Three Sisters in Glencoe where the rising sun will strike Bidean namBian and the Aonach Eagach Ridge. After breakfast, we will drive towards Bridge of Orchy where we will work on the river and re-position on Loch Tulla for sunset.

Day 5 – Glen Etive and Kilchurn Castle

Our final morning and we head for Glen Etive where we will have the opportunity to photograph the Buachaille Etive Mor from another location. Return for breakfast and check out. Our final location en-route to the station will be at Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the edge of Loch Awe. We will arrive back at Glasgow Central at 1500 where the workshop will conclude.

Scotland Glencoe Ballachulish Pap of Glencoe - Colin Prior Glencoe workshop
Scotland Glencoe Buachaille Etive Mor - Colin Prior Glencoe workshop

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


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

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


The trip price is £1350 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 mirrorless 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. Backpacks distribute the weight between your shoulders and hips making walking much easier than a bag with a shoulder strap and are normally protected from wind and rain.

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 designated focal lengths which means carrying more lenses and accordingly more weight. If the intimate landscape interests you, a 100mm Macro lens can be ideal.

Filters – many photographs find it difficult to shoot an image without some sort of filter. A filter needs to add value and if it isn’t then you are potentially degrading the image by placing a sheet of resin in front of your lens. 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 contrast locally. They come in a variety of densities and gradations but in my experience, the most useful are a 0.6 soft and 0.6 medium gradation. Several brands of ‘grads’ are available but by far the best are 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.

You may find a polarising filter desirable, although personally, I dislike the artefacts that it creates within an image and most what it achieves can be replicated in Lightroom more naturally. Some photographers favour Lee’s ‘Big Stopper’ which increases the exposure by 10 stops and transforms water and clouds into amorphous forms.

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 – bring extra batteries for backup.

Lens cloth – a lens cloth is useful for removing rain.


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 10, 2018
October 14, 2018


Glencoe – Holly Tree Hotel
Kentallen Pier
Glencoe , PA38 4BY United Kingdom
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01631 740292


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