Scotland Photography Workshop - Isle of Skye
Gavin Hardcastle - Landscape Photography

Your instructor and guide – Gavin Hardcastle

Join my 6 day/7 night Scotland Photography Workshop in May 2020 and I’ll share with you my favourite shooting locations. If you have a passion for ethereal landscapes, the Isle of Skye boasts some of the most mysterious and magical places you’re ever likely to see. Rich in history and culture, the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highland will capture your heart like no other place on earth.

Not only does this workshop take us to Skye but the journey to the island is just as beautiful. With shoots at ‘The Devils Pulpit’, Kilchurn Castle and the historic Glencoe, you’ll experience and photograph the legendary beauty of Scotland before we even get to Skye.

Dates: May 8th – 14th, 2020 –SOLD OUT! Join Waitlist
Dates: May 15th – 21st, 2020 –
SOLD OUT! Join Waitlist
Duration: 6 Day/7 Night Scotland Photography Workshop, includes accommodation and transport
Location: Glasgow to Portree
Maximum of 5 people

The Road to Skye – Scotland Photography Workshop

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Inverary during the Scotland Photography Workshop

This multi day photography workshop in Scotland will be equal parts visual feast and cultural experience. Accommodation, breakfasts and transportation to all shoots is provided.

I’ll show you how I photograph historic castles, landscapes, waterfalls and mind blowing Scottish coastline.

Old Man of Storr - Isle of Sky Photography Workshop

The Old Man of Storr - Isle of Skye Photography Workshop

Only 5 Participants on this Isle of Skye Photography Workshop

I’m making this a pretty exclusive workshop with only 5 participants. I’ll be doing all the driving to and from our shoots and accommodation. I’ve found that 5 students is a comfortable number and makes for a fun group.

The Fairy Pools - Isle of Skye Photography Workshop

In this Workshop we’ll cover the following topics and techniques:

  • How to shoot for High Dynamic Range
  • Advanced Composition
  • Landscape Photography
  • Understand Depth of Field
  • How to get Super Sharp Landscape Images
  • How to shoot waterfalls

Finnich Glen - Scotland Photography Workshop

The Quiraing Needle - Scotland Photography Workshop

What’s Included?

  • 7 Nights of Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Photography Tuition
  • Transportation to and from all shooting locations

Eilean Donan Castle during the Isle of Skye Photography Workshop

Elgol Sunset - Isle of Skye Photography Workshop

Itinerary for 2020

Students get themselves to Glasgow for pickup. I advise staying one night in a hotel near the airport before the workshop. The Holiday Inn Express at Glasgow Airport should suffice for most peoples needs.

  • For the May 8th to 14th Workshop I will collect all 5 students from their hotels on the morning of May 8th, 2020 which is when the workshop begins.
  • For the May 15th to 23rd Workshop I will collect all 5 students from their hotels on the morning of May 15th, 2020 which is when the workshop begins.

Day 1 – Glasgow Morning Collection

Isle of Skye Photography Workshop - Day 1

Shoot 1 – Finnich Glen – ‘The Devils Pulpit’.

Prepare for your descent into the strange underworld of Finnich Glen where the river runs red and the walls glow green.

Shoot 2 – Kilchurn Castle Sunset in Inverary

Our first shoot at this historic castle ruin on the shores of Loch Awe will leave you spellbound.

Day 2 – Inverary to Glencoe

Isle of Skye Photography Workshop Day 2

Shoot 3 – Kilchurn Castle Sunrise

Our second shot at Kilchurn Castle gives us a chance of capturing some morning mist and if we’re lucky rainbows. Mornings also give us a better chance of witnessing calmer waters for reflections of the beautiful castle ruins.

Shoot 4  – The Hogwarts Express

Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, the magnificent steam train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct is a sight to behold. I’ll take to to the perfect viewpoint to capture a shot of the train in all it’s glory.

Shoot 5 – Buachaille Etive Mor Waterfall in Glencoe

Glencoe is one of the most historically significant locations in Scotland. We’ll take in the sights of the Glen and visit the spectacular falls under the shadow of Buachaille Etive Mor.

Day 3 – Glencoe to Skye

Photography Workshops on the Isle of Skye - Day 3

Shoot 6 – Glen Etive Sunrise

For the sunrise we travel to a secluded loch in Glen Etive where we’ll be waiting for gorgeous mountain reflections in the loch.

Shoot 7 – Eilean Donan Castle Sunset

The quintessential Scottish castle image awaits. We arrive at Eilean Donan Castle just in time for sunset where we hope to catch the spectacular light show of the setting sun and blue hour.

Day 4 – Isle of Skye

Photo Workshops on the Isle of Skye - Day 4

Shoot 8 – The Old Man of Storr Sunrise

A visit to Skye is incomplete without making the (optional) hike up to the Old Man of Storr. Not only is the view spectacular in its own right but as a backdrop to the Old Man of Storr, it’s like a scene out of a Tolkien novel. It doesn’t get any better than this. If you don’t feel up to the hike you can still get beautiful images of The Old Man of Storr from the base of the hill, just like this one below.

Photo Tours in Scotland

Shoot 9 – Elgol Sunset

For sunset, we travel to the South West coast where we’ll capture the rugged beauty of the beach at Elgol. With the dramatic Cuillin mountains in the distance and otherworldly rock formations on the beach you’ll be spoiled for compositional choices.

Day 5 – Isle of Skye

Shoot 10 – Sunrise at The Quiraing

Being on ‘The Quiraing’ is like being on another planet. The jutting rock formations and sinking meadows make for a dreamlike landscape that I can’t compare to any other place on earth. When the morning light hits this landscape it begins to glow and reveal fascinating details to those who wait.

Shoot 11 – Afternoon Shoot at the Fairy Pools

If you like photographing waterfalls you’ll be in heaven. There are so many waterfalls at Glen Brittle that you won’t know what to do with yourself. I’ll show you the best of the ‘Fairy Pools’.

Day 6 – Enchanted Skye

Shoot 12 – The Fairy Glen Sunrise

There are few places that offer the enchanted beauty of ‘The Fairy Glen’ with it’s stone circles, crenelated hillocks and bizarre rock structures. Take a moment to stop a listen and you might just hear the voices of the fairies.

Shoot 13 – Neist Point Lighthouse Sunset

Neist Point offers some of the most dramatic cliff faces on the planet. With the lighthouse perched precariously on the edge of the cliffs and facing into the North Atlantic Ocean, it’s about as dramatic a scene as you can imagine.

Day 7 – Skye to Glencoe

Shoot 14 – Sunrise at  Eilean Donan Castle

Today we leave the Isle of Skye but we get our final crack at Eilean Donan Castle under morning light which offers completely different compositions to the sunset shoot.

Shoot 15 – Midday Shoot at Glencoe – Reflections on the River

Any time of day can offer great light in Scotland during May. I’ll show you one of my favourite spots on the river where we’ll go hunting for reflections of the impressive Buachaille Etive Mor

After our last Glencoe shoot we drive back to Glasgow for a farewell dinner, fond goodbyes, drinks and laughs.

The Fairy Glen - Isle of Skye

Fitness Requirements

Most of our shooting locations require very little hiking except for the hike to the ‘Old Man of Storr’ which takes about 1 hr up a steep hill. This is optional and you can still capture great shots at the start of the trail if you don’t feel up to the hike. Everything else is a short stroll from the car.

What’s Not Included

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Flights
  • Equipment
  • Insurance – It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury. I also advise that you insure your photographic equipment. Tour leaders will not be responsible in the event of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop.

Hogwarts Express - Scotland Photo Workshops

What To Bring

Photography Equipment and Accessories

  • A digital camera. Don’t forget your memory cards and charger.
  • A sturdy tripod, ideally with a ball head.
  • Recommended: Wide angle lens, mid-long range zoom.
  • Recommended: A polarizing filters.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.
  • A laptop is needed for any image post processing sessions
  • Many spare batteries for your camera.
  • Good hiking boots
  • A camera rain cover.
  • Waterproof jacket and extra footwear.
  • Lens wipes.
  • Power outlet adapters for UK plug sockets

Glencoe, Scotland - Skye Photography Workshop with Fototripper


We’ll be staying in 3 star accommodation that has everything we need. We’ll be spending hardly any time in our hotel rooms so it’s really just a place to safely store our belongings, take showers, sleep, recharge our batteries and eat a delicious Scottish breakfast. Please read our booking policy.

This is a NONE SMOKING Workshop

All Fototripper workshops are strictly none smoking. Please respect the health and comfort of your instructors and fellow attendees by not smoking at any time during the workshop. Please read our booking policy.