Scotland Winter Light Workshop 2017-03-22T12:45:34+00:00

The Black Cuillin from Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scotland in winter.


Ground Transport + Photography Tuition + Accommodation 7 nights + Food

Pick up / Drop off: Inverness Airport ( Arrive before 1pm on the 2nd December and Departure time after 12:00pm on the 9th December. )


Flights / Travel Insurance 

Scotland Winter Light Workshop
2nd to 9th December 2017 


Beaches measured in miles rather than yards, turquoise coloured water, some of the oldest rocks in the world, glaciated mountains and majestic Glens. Galen Rowell spoke great words of wisdom when he told us to seek out the transitions in the landscape to make images full of glory and power – here, in this remote corner of the Scottish Highlands, the mountains meet the sea – serene, wild, ominous, beautiful.

A typical day starts with a very early breakfast, then out for a good few hours over sunrise and well into the morning if the weather permits. If it’s possible to be out, we’re out. On days when the weather forces us to stay in, we’ll be sat processing images. I teach my own methods of creative, expressive processing and we’ll work on fresh images we’ve taken to show the possibilities in the RAW files.

With only 3 participants, this workshop not only promises to take you to some of Scotland’s most incredible landscapes, but to focus 100% on your personal journey of development.

Price per Participant | Max 3 Participants

GBP£1700 / USD $2180 for Shared Occupancy for Couples or Friends share a room

GBP £1900 – USD $2380 for Single Occupancy With en suite

Fitness Level

You should be comfortable walking with your camera bag and tripod over boggy and uneven rocky ground, sometimes uphill for 15 – 30 minutes.

Wester Ross & Torridon – 4 Days

This is an area that very much lies under the photographic shadow of its next door neighbour, the Isle of Skye. For the people who know and love Torridon and Wester Ross this is something of a blessing as it means solitude and peace. This is a very complex area, made up of a huge corner of remote and often difficult to access glens, gullies and huge mountains. The massive Loch Maree occupies a huge fjord gouged out by the last glaciers and provides an access route through the mountains to the sea at Gairloch.

To the south, Glen Torridon carves its own route through to Loch Torridon and the little village at its head. The whole area is remarkably diverse, with some of Scotland’s most Alpine mountains, native Scots Pine Tree forests, rivers, lochs and mile after mile of both sandy and rocky coastline, punctuated with caves, rock arches and sea stacks. (The sand on the beaches is mostly red due to the prevalent local Torridon Sandstone rocks.)

Isle of Skye – 3 Days

A place we now call home and simply love living on this magical island. Remote, varied and dramatic at every turn. The stunning escarpment of the Trotternish peninsular, the looming Black Cuillin Mountains that shadow the luminous blue Fairy Pools and River Sligachan far below. Some of Scotland’s largest sea cliffs and many of the most iconic landscapes in the Scottish repertoire.

Scotland Seascape
During January 2016 I attended Alister and Juanli’s Isle of Skye / Torridon Workshop. Based on the location and the workshop’s description I expected to hone my composition and post-processing skills with images gathered from some beautifully unique landscapes. The workshop well-exceeded my expectations; it was great!

Alister and Juanli are superb hosts. Their goal is to see to it that clients get what they came for, but it really goes beyond that. They take the time to talk with their clients, to learn about them, what their aspirations are in the realm of photography and what they want to do to move closer to that realization. I knew what I came to the workshop for and I got it in spades but most importantly, I left with much more than that. With Alister and Juanli’s patient and insightful guidance and encouragement I have a new found sense how to make my photography a purposeful expression of my artistic vision. To put it another way: I not only got what I wanted, I got what I needed.

The small client group size allowed for the daily itineraries to the flexible based on everyone’s interests. When shooting conditions were favourable we were out-and-about from sun-up to sun-down. On the few days where “gale” pretty much sums it up we worked on post-processing with an aim to creating compelling images that reflect our personal intent when we pushed the shutter button. The rented accommodations were quiet and comfortable and the food, thanks to Chef Juanli, was excellent.

I highly recommend landscape photographers of any level to check-out Alister and Juanli’s workshops. You’ll have lots of fun, you’ll find fulfilment and you’ll be a better photographer for it.

John Smeeton, Calgary, Canada
Trotternish, Quirking, Isle of Skye, Scotland, Landscape Photography, Sunrise, Quirang

Scotland 7 Days Workshop Booking Form

Spring Workshop fully booked, next available 7 days workshop is Winter Light from 2nd to 9th December 2017.
Fitness Level - Most of locations we are walking on flat ground for 3 - 5 minutes, and few locations on uneven boggy ground for 15 - 30 minutes.

Booking Process

Complete Booking Form |  Deposit GBP £550 or USD $800 to reserve your place | Arrange details and packing list | Balance due 60 days prior to the Tour

Accommodation: from self catering cottage to cute B&B, we will ensure good standard and great comfort. Sometimes we can cook nice healthy food if we stay in self-catering cottages, but also few quick meals at local cafes when necessary.

Itinerary Guideline 

4 days in Wester Ross & Torridon, 3 days in Isle of Skye

Arrive / Departure Airport: Inverness

Packing List

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