SCOTLAND: Isle of Skye & The Highlands

September 30 – October 7, 2022 • New Extended Itinerary – 8 days / 7 nights!

This workshop will introduce you to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes, from the scenic mountains, glens, and lochs of Glencoe to the rugged mountain ranges and dramatic coastline of Skye. Along with our local guides (award-winning photographers and residents of Skye), we’ll put you in the best spots at each location, and we’ll get you there in the best light available.

We plan to maximize our time on location, shooting as much as conditions permit. But we’ll also include in-the-field teaching and demonstrations, ongoing image reviews, as well as informal lessons and processing instruction when we’re not out shooting.

We invite you to join us on this photographic adventure and find out why Scotland is a favourite destination for landscape photographers.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

COST
$5,500 CAD*
A deposit of $1,500 is required to confirm your registration; the balance of $4,000 is due June 1, 2022.
Full payment is required for any registrations after this date.
*Cost based on double-occupancy accommodation; add $700 for single occupancy.

GROUP SIZE
Maximum of 10 participants to ensure you receive personalized attention throughout the workshop. Register early so you don’t miss out.
ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT!

WORKSHOP LEADERS
David Topping and Viktoria Haack
(plus 2 instructors from the award-winning team at Skye Photo Academy)

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GENERAL INFORMATION & ITINERARY

Wednesday, September 28
Travel to Glasgow, Scotland (typically an evening departure from Canada or the U.S., arriving early the next morning).

Thursday, September 29
Arrive in Glasgow and spend the day at your leisure adjusting to the new time zone or touring Glasgow City Centre. In the evening, we’ll gather for an informal, pre-workshop dinner (optional) at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport hotel, which is where we recommend staying before and after the workshop (it’s conveniently located just across the road from the terminal).

Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 (Days 1-2)
We’ll meet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport hotel after breakfast and then make our way to Glencoe, stopping for lunch and possibly a photo shoot along the way. After checking in at our hotel, we’ll have time to rest before we head out for a sunset shoot. We’ll be up early the next morning for sunrise, followed by a full day exploring the scenic Highlands. Locations on our agenda while we’re in Glencoe include Kilchurn Castle, Blackrock Cottage, Three Sisters, Glen Etive, and Rannoch Moor.

Accommodation: Bridge of Orchy Hotel

Sunday, October 2 (Day 3)
Today, we have some options, depending on weather conditions. We may start the day with breakfast and an early departure as we head to Glenfinnan for the panoramic view of Loch Shiel and the viaduct made famous in Harry Potter films. We’ll then travel by ferry to Skye and end the day with a sunset shoot. Alternatively, we may head out for a sunrise shoot in Glencoe, followed by breakfast and more time photographing the area before driving to Skye.

Accommodation: Uig Hotel

Monday, October 3 to Wednesday, October 5 (Days 4-6)
Three full days on Skye will give us the opportunity to explore many iconic photo locations, such as the Quiraing, Old Man of Storr, Fairy Glen, Neist Point, Talisker Bay, Sligachan, Fairy Pools, and Elgol. We’ll also include some lesser-known locations that most visitors don’t get to experience. Our extended stay will allow us the luxury of being spontaneous with our itinerary to ensure we’re at the best locations for the light and weather conditions each day.

Accommodation: Uig Hotel

Thursday, October 6 (Day 7)
We’ll start the day with a sunrise/morning shoot on Skye before making our way back to the Highlands. Along the way, we’ll stop at Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, then we’ll continue on to Invergarry where we’ll enjoy a memorable night in a historic castle hotel.

Accommodation: Glengarry Castle Hotel

Friday, October 7 (Day 8)
On our final day together, we will either explore the area near our hotel, which includes Invergarry Castle ruins and the wreck of the Eala Bhan on Loch Oich, or we’ll return to a favourite location in Glencoe before we drive back to Glasgow. We’ll arrive in Glasgow at the end of the day, where you’ll be dropped off at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport hotel.

Saturday, October 8
Depart Glasgow (typically an early morning flight to return to Canada and the U.S.) or continue on your travels if you decide to extend your stay beyond the workshop.

This itinerary may be modified to provide the best photo opportunities based on the conditions at the time of the workshop. Meal times, rest breaks, and photo instruction will be incorporated into the itinerary based on our shooting schedule each day.

WORKSHOP INCLUDES:

  • Photography guiding & instruction
  • Image reviews & processing instruction
  • Double-occupancy accommodations with daily breakfasts in Glencoe, Skye, and Invergarry (single occupancy available)*
  • Transportation (from pick-up to drop-off at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport hotel)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights to/from Glasgow
  • Airport accommodations before and after the workshop (Glasgow Airport)
  • Meals (lunches, dinners, snacks)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance (medical and trip cancellation – highly recommended; a quote can be provided upon request)

*If you are travelling alone and would like double-occupancy accommodations, we will try to match you with another participant of the same gender. If we are unable to find a suitable roommate, the single-occupancy rate will apply and a private room will be provided.

Experience Level: This workshop is suitable for all levels of photographers. We will always be on hand to provide whatever level of instruction you need to ensure you have the technical skills necessary to capture the beauty of the Scottish landscape, as well as the compositional skills that will help you create compelling images.

Fitness Level: Most locations are accessed via short and easy hikes, but a few locations require some elevation gain on uneven trails or navigating along a rocky shoreline. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate in this workshop, please contact us.

Travel services arranged by Fairytale Dreams and Destinations Inc.
10 McEwan Drive West, Unit 3, Bolton, Ontario L7E 1H1 • (905) 857-3611 • TICO Registration # 50010111

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Payment: A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of registration. The balance of the fee is due June 1, 2022 and is non-refundable. Participants whose balances are not received by the due date risk forfeiture of their place in the workshop. For registrations after June 1, 2022, full payment is required and is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy: Registration for this workshop is non-refundable; however, it is transferable. If you are unable to participate, you may sell or transfer your spot to another person.

Although extremely unlikely, we reserve the right to cancel this workshop for reasons including, but not limited to, insufficient number of participants, unforeseen circumstances affecting the cost of the travel services provided (accommodations, transportation, etc.), or conditions beyond our control that would compromise the safety of participants. In the event of a cancellation, all payments received would be fully refunded to participants. However, no compensation will be made for flight cancellation fees or other associated travel expenses.

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover any non-refundable fees associated with this workshop. We would be happy to discuss the options and provide a competitive quote upon request.

Travel Documents: It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you have all the travel documents necessary for this workshop. Also note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete.

Liability: By taking part in this workshop, you are accepting certain risks. Your registration shall serve as a release of our liability and a complete assumption of all risks by you and your heirs, administrator, executor, successors, and assign for all family members. By accepting our terms of service, you are acknowledging that you are aware that travel, wherever it may be, and by whatever means, involves some inherent risk of injury, illness, death, and loss or damage to personal property, which may be caused by acts of nature, negligence, or the actions of others. And you acknowledge that by travelling to remote areas, which may not be maintained to the standards you are accustomed, can involve certain additional risks, dangers, and inconveniences.

You are personally responsible for being in sufficiently good health to take part in this workshop. By accepting our terms of service, and by your registration, you certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other considerations of disability that would create a risk for you or other participants.

In consideration of, and as part of the payment for your participation in this workshop, you are voluntarily releasing David Topping, Viktoria Haack, Fairytale Dreams and Destinations Inc., their employees, assigns, independent contractors, or anyone involved thereof, from any damages, liabilities, costs, or injuries, whether mental or physical, known or unknown; and by participation you agree to assume all risks, whether known or unknown.

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