Day 1 – Glasgow, Kennacraig, Islay
Colin will meet you at 0900 within Glasgow Central Station in front of Burger King. After the group has met, we will drive to Kennacraig to board the ferry to Islay which departs at 1300, arriving at 1505. We will continue our journey to the Port Charlotte Hotel where we will check in and the depart for our first location.
Day 2 – Saligo Bay and The Oa
An early morning rise to capture the sunrise at Saligo Bay where marram grass dunes overlook the Atlantic. Following breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the Oa peninsula situated in the south of the island. The elevated sea cliffs afford great views in all direction – north to Eileanan Mora and Loch Indaal and east to Beinn Mhor and Port an Eas.
Day 3 – Loch Gruinart and Sanaigmore Bay
After breakfast we drive north, towards Loch Gruinart where white sand beaches are backed by an expansive tidal estuary, often seen in shades of blue-green turquoise. At the end of the peninsula, Ardnave Point, lies beyond the dunes and overlooks Nave Island. The area is an RSPB Reserve and is rich in all kinds of bird life, particularly waders and wildfowl. After an early dinner, we will reposition for sunset at Sanaigmore Bay.
Day 4 – Machir Bay and Jura
An early rise to shoot over the white sands of Machir Bay, followed by breakfast. We will then depart for Port Askaig and cross the Sound of Islay, by ferry, to Jura. During the day we will explore Jura’s coastline, shooting at several locations, including Craighouse’s coastline and Lowlandman’s Bay, before returning to Islay for dinner.
Day 5 – Lower Killeyan and Claggain Bay
Dominated by cliffs and sea stacks, the bay at Lower Killeyan forms an amphitheatre overlooking Loch Indaal. The south-west coast of The Oa is home to a wide variety of birds, which includes golden eagle, peregrine falcon and hen harrier. After lunch, we head north west along the coastal road to Claggain Bay.
Day 6 – Port Askaig, Kennacraig and Glasgow
After checking out, we will drive to Port Askaig and board the ferry which departs at 0945 and arrives at Kennacraig 1150, which should put us comfortably back in Glasgow for 1500 where the workshop will conclude.