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ISLE OF MULL PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

May 30 - June 5

  • TRIP AT A GLANCE

    • Dates: 30 May – 5 June 2021
    • Duration: 5 days
    • Location: Isle of Mull
    • Start/Finishes: Mull
    • Exertion: Moderate
    • Price: £1495

I am delighted to be working in partnership with Benmore Estate to provide a photographic tour of Mull and the surrounding islands. For those of you who have enjoyed workshops with me in the past, the format will essentially be the same, with the emphasis on great photographic locations, good food and convivial company.

Spend five days developing your photography skills in the company of Colin Prior

Accommodation at Knock House, a classic west highland sporting lodge full of new life and old charm.

Breakfast, packed lunch and a three-course dinner with wine included.

Enjoy access to some of the most dramatic photographic locations in the Hebrides.

Trips aboard our motor launch, the Benmore Lady to Iona and Staffa.

Tutorials and critique session with individual feedback

Moderate – these tours involve straightforward hiking generally over good trails. Terrain underfoot is mainly on paths or hill trails which may be muddy in places. There may be a limited amount of uphill walking.

Six nights, single occupancy accommodation at Knock House, a classic west highland sporting lodge full of new life and old charm. With stunning views over the surrounding hills and glens, Knock House is thoughtfully furnished to provide a luxurious, yet practical island retreat.

Dinner is prepared by the in-house chef and served in the traditional dining room. All drinks are included.

More information can be found here

  • Travel to and from Mull
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

SYNOPSIS

Rising from the wild and windy plains of the Atlantic, Mull is a land of contrasts. From its rocky beaches to the highest hill, the outstanding feature of this primeval land is the ever changing Hebridean light.

Its sea inlets, appearing and disappearing, vivid under the sun in blues and greens; its sudden corners; its water lilies on lochans, its black peat, its brown hide, its winds, its old greyness, its tongues of green, its green mountains; its incomparable air, its variety, lonely croft houses, deer and bird-life and salmon, Mull is Scotland in miniature.

We are based at Knock House in Gruline, an idyllic retreat after a day of exploration. With stunning views over the surrounding hills and glens, Knock House is thoughtfully furnished to provide a luxurious, yet practical island retreat.

The combination of landscapes, seascapes and Mull’s diverse wildlife – from its white-tailed eagles, to puffins should offer something for everyone, whether you are an accomplished photographer or if you simply enjoy being outdoors with a camera.

Our classic motor launch, Benmore Lady, offers unrivalled freedom to discover the breathtaking natural beauty, spectacular wildlife and delights of Mull and surrounding isles.

ITINERARY

 

The itinerary may be subject to change to suit weather conditions on the day.

Monday – Shiaba

Our excursion today will explore the ruined township of Shiaba which lies on the south coast of the Ross of Mull. It is situated on high ground with panoramic views along the coast to Beinn an Aoininigh (Gorrie’s Leap) and the Carsaig Cliffs and to the south east to Colonsay, Scarba and Jura.  It is a fine example of a township with its runrig farm system, ruined mills, drying kilns and houses.

Tuesday –The Treshnish Islands

After breakfast we board the Benmore Lady in Loch na Keal and head out towards the Treshnish Isles. The islands are exposed to the open ocean and uninhabited. Lunga has one of the most varied and accessible seabird colonies on the Western Seaboard. Dun Cruit (the Harp Rock stack), is home to more than 6,000 guillemots, razorbill, puffin, kittiwake, fulmar, shag, skua and storm petrels.

Wednesday – Gribun and Loch na Keal

Located to the west of Salen in central Mull, Loch na Keal runs west from Killiechronan, Gruline and Knock. A deep tidal loch, it sits below the mountain range which includes Ben More (966m) and is perfectly framed at sunset. White tailed and golden eagles, otters and deer are commonly seen in addition to stands of sessile oaks and rowans.

Thursday – Uisken and Ardlanish Bay

Our location today takes us to the rugged coastline of at Uisken where rocky headlands drop into sandy bays with views out to Colonsay and the Paps of Jura. Originally a crofting settlement before the clearances, it was developed as a fishing and crofting settlement with a small quay, known as Port Uisken.

Friday – Staffa 

After breakfast we board the Benmore Lady and head towards Staffa where Fingal’s Cave is located, one of the most spectacular geological sights on the west coast of Scotland. The island came to prominence in the late 18th century after a visit by Sir Joseph Banks. He and his fellow travellers extolled the natural beauty of the basalt columns in general and of the island’s main sea cavern which Banks re-named ‘Fingal’s Cave’. Their visit was followed by that of many other prominent personalities throughout the next two centuries, including Queen Victoria and Felix Mendelssohn. The island became internationally renowned through Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave).

RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

The ability to respond to Scotland’s changeable weather with appropriate clothing will enrich your enjoyment of the tour. Bring comfortable clothing, which will maintain your body temperature under a variety of weather conditions.

If you are susceptible to the cold, a down or insulated jacket is recommended.

  • Lightweight boots or wellies – often the terrain we cover is boggy and wellies are the best way to keep your feet dry.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hat for sun protection or warmth
  • Casual clothes for evening wear
  • Personal wash kit
  • Head torch
  • Midge net
  • Sunscreen
  • Re-usable water bottle
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

The information below is intended as a guide to help you achieve the most from this workshop.

All brands of cameras and lenses do exactly the same thing; they look outwardly into the world and record what they see on different sized sensors. The only thing that differentiates what they see is not the camera but the person looking through the viewfinder. So, what will help you gain most from this workshop is a familiarity of your own camera’s layout and menu structure and an understanding of the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Consider a camera bag that is comfortable and which allows you carry your equipment over uneven terrain. Backpacks distribute the weight evenly between your shoulders and hips and are normally supplied with a rain cover.

Lenses are very much a personal choice and will be influenced by the subjects which you, as a photographer, pursue. For many outdoor photographers, the combination of two lenses – either a 24-70mm or 24-105mm and a 100-400mm provides them with the ability to shoot from 24-400mm with just two lenses. If working within the landscape is something that appeals to you, then a 90mm or 100mm Macro lens opens up myriad possibilities.

Under certain circumstances, filters are indispensable. Graduated neutral density filters control contrast locally and come in a range densities and graduations. I use, almost exclusively, a 0.6 (2 stop) filter with a soft graduation. A polarising filter is also extremely useful for a number of scenarios and worthwhile having in your camera bag.

A tripod is essential for landscape photography. The emphasis should be on a relatively lightweight model which is easy to carry. The disadvantage of a lightweight tripod is that it is more vulnerable in high winds to both camera shake and to the risk of being blown over. One important factor when considering a tripod is that you can work comfortably with your camera at eye-level – many ‘travel tripods’ reach their maximum height below this height. Carbon fibre tripods are lighter and more expensive than those made from aluminium but do the same job.

Backup and storage – always a good idea to have your images in more than one place. A laptop or iPad is ideal and will allow you to see what you have shot each day and will facilitate feedback.

A remote release is essential. Whether it is a cable, IR device or a phone app it will ensure sharp photographs.

Spare batteries – batteries can be re-charged as required, however it makes sense to bring spares.

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

BOOKING CONDITIONS

To confirm your booking, you are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip price. Once we receive your deposit, the contract between us will become binding and covers everyone you are booking on behalf of. After this, we will send you an invoice for the balance and advise you of the date for payment of the same. Brochure and website prices are quoted in UK Sterling. Payment will be accepted by:

  • Maestro, Visa Electron, Visa Debit and Solo debit cards or Visa/Mastercard/American Express credit cards.
  • Bank Transfer (details available from our office).

For our full Booking Conditions can be found here:

INSURANCE

We strenuously recommend that you take out a travel insurance policy as soon as you have booked your trip with us.

A travel insurance policy protects you and your holiday arrangements from the unexpected before and during your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have adequate cover and we are not able to offer advice on insurance. However, we recommend your policy should include cover for emergency medical costs, cancellation or curtailment of your trip, personal belongings/baggage and personal liability:

  • In the event of emergency rescue and medical care and/or repatriation from a trip due to injury or medical emergency, any evacuation and medical costs will be borne by the client.
  • If you need to cancel your trip with us, then you may lose some or all of the money you have paid.
  • All luggage and personal equipment are, at all times, at your own risk. We will not be responsible whatsoever for any loss, damage to your luggage and/or personal equipment.

 Some options for Travel Insurance Providers inculde:

However, we recommend you do your own research to find the best provider for you.

GLASGOW ACCOMMODATION

A list of city centre hotels at close proximity to Glasgow Central Station can be found here:

MEETING INSTRUCTION

Colin will meet you at the Calmac Ferry Teminal in Craignure on Sunday 30 May at 00.00. At the end of the workshop on Saturday 5 June, we will return you to Craingure Ferry Terminal at 00.00

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

New bookings

If you are interested in a workshop with us in 2021, we would be delighted to have you join us. Please note that new bookings will only be accepted on the provision that if the trip is unable to go ahead due to Covid 19 restrictions and the trip suspended, payments will be held indefinitely and can be put towards any future workshop.

 

Traveller responsibility

  1. We request that all travellers bring a minimum of 2 reusable masks so you can wash one each evening and leave the other to dry.
  2. That clients declare to us if they have had Covid or Covid like symptoms.
  3. That client’s self-health check and declare to the guide as soon as possible if they do feel any Covid symptoms. It would be beneficial if you would bring a thermometer to keep track of your temperature.
  4. That you do not travel if you feel unwell or are symptomatic before the trip.
  5. That you follow all guidelines and procedures set out by your guide and any suppliers we use.

 

The current situation in the UK

To stay informed, we recommend you visit the UK Government website as well as the Scottish Government site where they are updating the situation daily.

We find this webpage which tracks Scottish COVID-19 data daily hugely useful to understand what the incidence of the virus is in the regions in which we live and also run our trips in.

 

Travel advisories and inbound health measures

If you are travelling from outside the UK then you must review the contents of this section of the Scottish Government guidance before considering travel to Scotland.

Travel advice for travellers visiting the UK from common locations.

United States   |   Canada   |   Australia

We recommend you check your own government advice with regards to travel to the UK and Scotland.

 

Pre-trip information

Please take extra care to read through any pre-trip information you are sent, paying particular attention to the Covid-19 details and requirements, such as bringing your own face masks, and being aware of any rules which apply in Scotland which may be different to rules where you live.

Please also check with your airline/train company about any specific requirements they may have in place for your journey to Scotland. If you’re informed, then you’ll be able to raise any questions with us ahead of your trip, which of course we’ll be delighted to help with.

 

Will I need to wear a mask?

You will need to wear a mask while travelling in our vehicles and in other locations specified by Government regulations (e.g. – shops).

There may be occasions when you need to put a mask on briefly – for example, if your guide is assisting you with your equipment.

However, you will not need a mask during the day’s activities outdoor, so you can breathe in the fresh Highland air and enjoy the unencumbered views.

 

Can I bring my own car instead of travelling in your vehicle?

Yes.

Where it is practical to do so, you are welcome to use your own vehicle throughout the trip.

There will be no reduction in price as we will still be operating our vehicle on the trip. Trips which involve ferry crossings may be more challenging to arrange due to limited capacity on some ferries.

If you are planning to bring your own vehicle, you must let us know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.

Details

Start:
May 30
End:
June 5

Venue

Knock House
Gruline
Isle of Mull, PA71 6HT United Kingdom
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