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September 24, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Beinn a’ Ghraig, Ben More, Loch na Keal, Mull

    • Dates: 24-30 September 2017
    • Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
    • Location: Isle of Mull
    • Start/Finishes: Glasgow
    • Comfort: Classic
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Price: £1750


  • Spend six days developing your photography skills in the company of Colin Prior
  • Private en-suite accommodation with guaranteed sea view at the comfortable Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa
  • Dusk and dawn photography in some of the most iconic locations in the Hebrides
  • Tutorials and critique sessions with individual feedback on each participant’s 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 Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa near the ferry terminal, the hotel itself lies on the crescent of Craignure Bay. All guests will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities and a guaranteed sea-view. Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are included throughout. To provide variety we will enjoy three nights on a six-course taster menu in the restaurant, 1 steak night, and two nights eating in the bar lounge with a choice from the bar menu or the specials board.


  • Six nights’ accommodation in the comfortable Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa.
  • Each client will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities and a guaranteed sea view.
  • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are included throughout.
  • Personal tuition, critique sessions and tutorials.
  • All transport (including ferries) during the trip, starting and finishing in Glasgow.


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.





Concretion, Carsaig Bay, Ross of Mull


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. We will plan to shoot at sunrise and sunset as the weather dictates and locations dictate.

Day 1 – Pickup at Glasgow Central Station

Colin will meet you at 9.00am in front of Burger King within Glasgow Central Station. After the group has assembled we will drive to Oban to meet with the 1200 ferry to Mull which will arrive 45 minutes later. After lunch we will head out to our first location.

Day 2 – Shiaba

Situated on high ground on the south coast overlooking the sea cliffs of Carsaig is the abandoned township of Shiaba. It exhibits many dry stone houses, byres and lazy beds and falls away in the south to a shell beach. Herds of feral goats inhabit the beach area and vary in colour from white, grey, black through to brown and can often be located by their pungent smell.

Day 3 – Carsaig

Our location today begins at the derelict pier at Carsaig, where we explore the sandy beach and rocky coastline below the sea cliffs. Basalt dykes and tidal terraces offer great photographic potential and in an area of Jurassic sandstone, cannonball concretions are to be found exposed on pedestals and in the cliffs themselves.

Day 4 – 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.

Day 5 – Laggan Bay

Laggan Bay – Tràigh Bhàn Lagain – is a wide open beach of fine sand overlooking Loch Buie with a backdrop of steep hills – Torr an Sgrithinn.

Day 6 – Iona and Uisken

Located to the west of Mull, Iona is reached by a short ferry trip from Fionnphort on the Ross of Mull. The island has been a place of pilgrimage throughout its long history and is still farmed.

Day 7 – Loch Beg and Glasgow

Located to the south of Ben More, Loch Beg is small with rocky shores and islets fed from the Coladoir River. Both Loch Beg and the larger Loch Scridian are a haven for wildlife where otters, buzzards and eagles are regularly seen.

Binnein Ghorrie, Creachan Mor, Ross of Mull

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





Colin will meet you at 8.30 a.m. in front of Burger King within Glasgow Central Station. After the group has assembled we will drive to Oban to meet with the 12.30 p.m. ferry to Mull which will arrive 45 minutes later. After lunch, we will head out to our first location.


The trip price is £1750 per person. Group size is limited to 9 clients and this ensures that Colin can give a one-to-one tuition and critique sessions.


  • 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 a similarly insulated jacket 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 mirror-less 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 from www.campbellirvine.com





September 24, 2017
September 30, 2017


Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa
Isle of Mull, PA65 6BB United Kingdom
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