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April 19, 2017 - April 23, 2017


    • Dates: 19th-23rd April 2017
    • Duration: 4 nights
    • Location: Skye and Torridon
    • Start/Finishes: Inverness
    • Comfort: Classic
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Price: £1425


  • Spend 5 days developing your photography skills with Colin Prior
  • Enjoy access to some of the most varied and dramatic landscapes in Scotland
  • Private en-suite accommodation at the EileanIarmain Hotel
  • Enjoy fresh local cuisine in the 2AA Rosette restaurant
  • Tutorials and critique sessions with individual feedback on each participants 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).


Situated in a secluded bay with its own stone pier and views across the Sound of Sleat, to the Knoydart peninsula, the Eilean Iarmain Hotel is ideally located for photographic locations throughout Skye. All guests have private accommodation, with excellent en-suite facilities. Dinner is in the conservatory, which has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes. Complimentary internet is available in the sitting room and bar area.


  • Four nights accommodation in a four-star guest house.
  • Each client will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are included throughout.
  • Personal tuition, critique sessions and tutorials.
  • All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness.


Our base at the Eilean Iarman Hotel gives us quick and easy access to locations in both Skye and Torridon. The emphasis is very much on dawn photography and with suitable weather, we will typically depart at 5.00 a.m. for locations in south Skye, returning for a full breakfast at 8.30 a.m.

After breakfast, we will depart for another location and return around 6.00 p.m. Apart for one evening, we forgo shooting at sunset which allows the group to relax and enjoy dinner which runs through the period. If time permits, Colin will give individual feedback on some of the days images and towards the end of the workshop a group critique will be organised.

Scotland Skye Trotternish Ridge Quiraing - Colin Prior workshop


Below is a typical itinerary, which inevitably will change to take advantage of the optimum weather conditions on the day. The decision about the following days location is usually made the evening before when the most up-to-date weather forecasts have been studied.

Day 1 – Pickup and Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle

Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 8.30a.m. on Friday. The overnight train from London arrives at 8.30a.m. and if you are on this train, please let us know in advance. Inverness is a small station so it will be easy to identify Colin. On the final day of the workshop we will return you to Inverness Railway Station at 3.00p.m. allowing clients to connect with the evening services south.
After the group has assembled, we will drive to our hotel where we will drop off our bags and head out to the Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle. The Fairy Pools are a series of waterfalls with deep pools, which drain CoirenaCreiche in the Cuillin Massif.

Day 2 – Ord and Old Man of Storr

An early morning shoot at Ord to photograph the sunrise across Loch Eishort to the Cuillin and returning for a full breakfast. We will then drive to the Old Man of Storr in the north of Skye and climb the well-maintained path, which passes under the basalt pinnacle of the Old Man. It’s a haunting landscape with endless photographic possibilities. An early dinner at Portree’s best fish restaurant follows and if the weather is fine, we will drive to Sligachanand re-position for the sunset.

Day 3 – Torridon and Loch Maree

Our trip today takes us to Torridon where we will have the opportunity to photograph some of the most spectacular mountains in Scotland, which include BeinnAlligin, Liathach and BeinnEighe. After lunch we will head towards Kinlochewe where Slioch rises from the north shores of Loch Maree behind stands of ancient Scots pine. Dinner in Plockton.

Day 4 – Elgoland Boreraig

An early start this morning to shoot sunrise over the Cuillin from Elgol. The headland and beach area offers infinite photographic possibilities with views across Loch Scavaig to the Cuillin. Return for full breakfast. Our destination this afternoon is to Boreraig, an isolated spot on the shores of Loch Eishort where the remains of a pre-crofting township stand. It was from here in 1853 that Lord MacDonald forcibly evicted 120 men, women and children.

Day 5 – Kintail

After checking out, we will drive to Kintail to photograph a wild and spectacular series of waterfalls on the River Shiel. The river in this section drops around thirty metres and has created deep pools overhung by rowan, hazel and willow trees. After lunch we will depart at 1.00 p.m. to facilitate an arrival at Inverness Station at 3.00p.m. where the workshop will conclude.

Skye sunset - Colin Prior workshop
Skye - Colin Prior workshop

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


Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 8.30a.m. on Friday.

At the end of the workshop on Sunday, we will return you to Inverness Railway Station at 3.00p.m.


The trip price is £1425 per person. Group size up to nine clients and this ensures that Colin can give a one-to-one tuition and a critique session.


  • 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 windproof fleece 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

Carrying equipment for every eventuality is also counter-intuitive and you should avoid your experience outdoors being overshadowed by the weight of your bag – at the end of the day you are here to enjoy and not endure.

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 at Campbell Irvine.


April 19, 2017
April 23, 2017

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