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May 7 - May 14


    • Dates: 7-14 May 2022
    • Duration: 7 days
    • Location: Knoydart
    • Start/Finishes: Mallaig
    • Exertion: Moderate
    • Price: £1950

  • Spend seven days on location with Colin Prior
  • Enjoy access to some of the most varied locations in Scotland aboard the Mary Doune
  • Capture spectacular mountain scenery and encounter eagles, dolphins and whales
  • Seven nights, single occupancy accommodation at Doune Lodge
  • Enjoy fresh local cuisine in the award-winning Doune Dining Room
  • Tutorials and critique session with individual feedback
  • Group size normally 8-10

The accommodation is a Scandinavian style wilderness lodge with a spacious interior and eight bedrooms. The rooms are located on the upper level while the ground floor consists of a large lounge and open plan kitchen, which is used for tea and coffee – all meals are served in the restaurant. Shared bathroom facilities are adjacent to the kitchen, with showers, wash-hand basins, and toilets – there are no en suite rooms.

Freshly prepared, locally sourced meals are enjoyed in the adjacent Doune Dining Room and are a real highlight of the trip, with freshly caught seafood a particular specialty. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. The restaurant is licensed and offers an excellent choice of wines, beers, and spirits.

  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities


Having run workshops at Doune since 2007, it is with a sense of sadness that this year will be the final one. The owners of Doune are retiring and it has been acquired by new owners. So, if you have ever wanted to experience Knoydart and The Small Isles, or if you’ve thought about returning, now is the time to sign up.

The Knoydart and Small Isles Photography Tour will explore the islands of Muck, Eigg, Rum, Canna, and Skye where photographers will enjoy a real taste of wildness and adventure. Throughout the duration of the workshop, we have exclusive use of the Mary Doune, which will take us on a new island adventure each day. Travelling to and from each location takes on a new dimension with fantastic views to the surrounding islands and mountains where seabirds, white-tailed eagles, dolphins and minke whales are often encountered.

We are based at Doune Bay, the site of a former crofting community that is perfectly situated for accessing the Small Isles and Skye. Accommodation is at Doune Lodge, a Scandinavian style wilderness lodge with views across the Sound of Sleat to the Skye Cuillin and is complemented by the adjacent, Doune Dining Room.


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

Day 1 – Pickup from Mallaig – Doune

We meet in Mallaig which can be reached by car or train via the spectacular West Highland Railway line. Journey time from Glasgow, with a break, is about four hours. We meet on the pier at 1750 and this coincides with the arrival of the train. Once everyone has arrived, we will cross to the Knoydart peninsula – a journey which take around 20 minutes. After a short briefing we will reconvene for dinner in the Doune Dining Room.

Day 2 – Muck; Gallanach Bay

After breakfast, we board Mary Doune around 0900 and head south-west to the island of Muck. Our anchorage is at Gallanach Bay where coral sands are backed by rocky terraces on which a large colony of common seals reside. The bird life in May is prolific with oystercatchers, ringed plover, dunlin and common gulls defending their territories. We head up and onto a higher headland which has spectacular views overlooking Rum, Eigg, and Skye. We return over Muck’s single-track road which takes us to the Tea Shop in Port Mòr where refreshments are available before our departure back to Doune.

Day 3 – Loch Hourn; Eilean Rarsaidh; Runival

As we enter the fjord of Loch Hourn, the view north is dominated by Beinn Sgritheall – one of the steepest mountains in Scotland. Our first location is Eilean Rarsaidh which in May is densely covered in bluebells and wild garlic. After returning to the boat, we continue up past Ladhar Bheinn and Barrisdale Bay to arrive at a wild location where stands of Scots pine cover the lower slopes of the mountains. Otters are often seen hunting here in the shallows.

Day 4 – Eigg; The Bay of Laig

Heading out in a south-westerly direction today, we travel down the east coast of Eigg and arrive at the pier, one hour later. Here we transfer into a mini-bus and are driven to the Bay of Laig on the eastern side of the island. It is a spectacular location with a huge sweeping sandy beach and is set against a backdrop of the Rum Cuillin rising vertically from the sea to over 800m. Two distinct areas provide endless photographic opportunities: the coral sand beach and the rocky shoreline where cannonball concretions stand exposed on the sandstone creating bold spherical shapes.

Day 5 – Skye; Loch Eishort; Boreraig

Rounding the Point of Sleat – the most southerly point on Skye, we head across to Loch Eishort where the full Cuillin Ridge rises before us. Our destination today is to the former crofting township of Boreraig, an isolated spot on the shores of Loch Eishort. It was from here in 1853 that Lord MacDonald forcibly evicted 120 men, women and children, to foreign lands. Ammonites and other fossils can be seen in the limestone rocks along the shoreline.

Day 6 – Rum; Guirdil; Bagh Rubha a’ Mhoil Ruaidh

Rum’s rugged coastline is a landscape of contrasts. From towering sandstone cliffs to secluded sandy beaches, its underlying geology has created some fantastic photographic locations. At Guirdil, the sea has eroded a cave through a sandstone headland to the opposite side creating great possibilities for photographs and to the south in a secluded bay, the beach formed of rounded pebbles, rises up at an angle of 30°, having been exposed to Atlantic swells.

Day 7 – Canna and Sanday

We head out and along the east coast of Rum towards Canna’s north cliffs, which rise 150 metres from the sea. These are home to thousands of the breeding seabirds, which include, puffin, razorbills, shags, kittiwakes, and sometimes white-tailed eagles, which we have the opportunity to photograph from the boat. In the afternoon, we will head across to Sanday to photograph from the sea cliffs and the basalt stacks on which a large colony of puffins’ nest from May to July.

Day 8 – Return to Mallaig

Following breakfast, we board the Mary Doune for the final time and return to Mallaig to arrive at 0920, in time for the south bound train to Glasgow.


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

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.


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:


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.


A list of city centre hotels at close proximity to Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Stations can be found here:


For those travelling by train, Colin will meet you on the platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 1750 on Saturday. The harbour is less than a five-minute walk from the station. If you are travelling by car, drive straight through the roundabout and turn first right onto the pier. Ahead you will see blue bollards which is where the Inverie ferry departs from. I will be around from 1600 and you can drop off your bags with me and then park in one of the long-stay car parks. Our boat, the Mary Doune, will arrive around 1700.

On the following Saturday, we will return you to Mallaig at 0920 in time to connect with rail services south.


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?


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.


May 7
May 14


Mallaig, Inverness-shire PH41 4PL United Kingdom
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