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HARRIS AND LEWIS

September 5, 2020 - September 11, 2020

£1975
  • TRIP AT A GLANCE

    • Dates: 5 – 11 September 2020
    • Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
    • Location: Harris / Lewis
    • Start/Finishes: Inverness
    • Comfort: Classic
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Price: £1975

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend six days developing your photography skills with Colin Prior
  • Private en-suite accommodation at the comfortable Harris Hotel
  • Dusk and dawn photography in some of the most iconic locations in the Hebrides
  • Tutorials and critique session with individual feedback on each participants work
  • Workshop restricted to nine clients plus Colin and assistant

GRADING: EASY

Easy straightforward hiking generally over good trails with no major ascents. The days are fairly leisurely and we spend about 5-6 hours outdoors. The terrain is mainly on paths or hill trails which may be muddy underfoot in places. Daily walks are mainly beaches, however, the beach at Traigh Mheilein requires a 45-minute walk up a cliff path which descends to the beach.

ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

Based at the Isle of Harris Hotel, all clients will have a private room with en-suite facilities. A full breakfast and dinner from the a la carte menu are included in the price as well as a packed lunch which is provided each day. Clients are responsible for their own meals aboard Calmac Ferries.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP:

  • Six nights accommodation in the comfortable Harris Hotel in Tarbert.
  • Each client will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are included throughout.
  • Personal tuition, critique session and tutorials.
  • All transport (including ferries) during the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness.

TRIP DETAILS

Stretching away for endless leagues, Harris is home to the tireless spirit of the Atlantic. The light, endlessly changing, can plunge a landscape into deep shadow and as quickly transform it into one of luminance in colours that range from turquoise, opal, cobalt blue to amethystine. When I once remarked on this to a local, he replied ‘Aye son, it’s where God washed out his paintbrush.’

Our base at Harris Hotel in Tarbet is ideally situated for easy access to the white sandy beaches and headlands of Harris and Lewis. Throughout the workshop there will be opportunities to shoot at dusk and dawn with sunset offering the greatest opportunities. Tutorials, individual feedback and a group critique are all included in the itinerary.

TRIP ITINERARY

Below is a typical itinerary, which inevitably will change to take advantage of the optimum weather conditions each day. An up to date forecast will be studied and the most suitable location chosen for that day. 

Day 1 – Pickup and Tarbet

Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 0800 on Saturday morning. Inverness is a small station, so it will be easy to identify Colin. On the final day of the workshop, we will return to Inverness Railway Station at 1800. After the group has met, we will drive to Ullapool and board the ferry to Stornoway which departs at 1030 and arrives at 1300. We will continue our journey to the Harris Hotel in Tarbet where we will check in and head out to our first location.

Day 2 – Luskentyre and Traigh Rosamol

An early morning rise to capture the sunrise at Traigh Rosamol where vistas across white coral sands and dunes are backed by the mountains of Harris. We will return for breakfast, after which we will head back out to explore more of Harris’s extensive beaches.

Day 3 – Huishnish and Traigh Mheilein

The journey west past Amhuinnsuidhe Castle takes us to the road end at Huishnish. From here we will follow a cliff path up and over to the remote beach of Traigh Mheilein which, to my mind, is the most beautiful and secluded beach in Harris. To the east, Loch Cravadale is set against a mountainous backdrop where golden and white-tailed eagles can often be seen.

Day 4 – The Golden Road and Traigh Scarasta

An early morning rise to Traigh Nisabost where marram dunes give elevated views over the coral sand beaches to a backdrop of Taransay. After breakfast we will head back out and follow the Golden Road, south-east, through Manish to Rodel. The indented coastline features several sheltered harbours and wild headlands. Our return takes us to Traigh Scarasta, which is often visited by huge waves rolling in from the Atlantic and breaking on the white sands. Even on an overcast day, the muted palette of pastel colours is appealing.

Day 5 – Mangersta and Callanish Stones

After breakfast, we will head north and then west to explore the rocky coastline of Lewis. Here an impressive group of sea stacks rise from a secluded bay close to Mangersta and are backed by sea cliffs where white-tailed eagles are often seen. On our return, we will visit the Callanish Stones which date back to 3000bc and were once part of a megalithic complex associated with celestial observations.

Day 6 – Traigh Nisabost, Traigh Scarasta

An early morning rise to the beach at Nisabost, followed by breakfast, and then a final chance to photograph the beaches at Scarasta. At 1500 we will wrap up with a group critique session back at the Harris Hotel.

Day 7 – Stornoway – Ullapool – Inverness

After checking out, we will head to Stornoway where we will have a couple of hours before boarding the ferry to Ullapool where we will arrive at 1630 and reach Inverness around 1800 where the workshop will conclude.

GETTING THERE

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

MEETING INSTRUCTIONS

Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrivals hall at Inverness Railway Station at 0800 on Saturday.

At the end of the workshop on Friday, we will return you to Inverness Railway Station at 1800.

TRIP PRICING

The trip price is £1975 per person.

Group size 10 clients

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

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

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.

  • 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
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

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 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 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 aluminium.

Lenses – like cameras, these come down to personal choice and ultimately 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 normally account for 90-95% of the images taken. Another popular combination is 24-105mm and 100-400mm. Some photographers prefer to work with prime lenses which can offer improved performance at their designated focal lengths, however, the penalty is increased weight.

If macro or photographing details within the landscape appeals to you then a 90 or 100mm Macro lens is 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 contrast locally. They come in a variety of gradations and in my experience, the most useful is 0.6 soft and 0.6 hard. There are now many brands of graduated filters available, however, those manufactured by Lee Filters exhibit excellent neutrality. They also offer a professional filter holder which allows the gradation to be moved within the holder, relative to the horizon.

Backup and storage – Ensure that you have adequate memory cards and ideally a means of backing up your work, either to a laptop or iPad. This will also allow you to see what you have shot each day and will facilitate feedback on your images.

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

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

HOW TO BOOK

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.

INSURANCE

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.

Details

Start:
September 5, 2020
End:
September 11, 2020
Cost:
£1975

Venue

Harris Hotel
Tarbert
Isle of Harris , Outer Hebrides HS3 3DL United Kingdom
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Phone:
+44 (0)1859 502154
Website:
http://www.harrishotel.com/

Tickets

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