Experience the rugged beauty of the dramatic Isle of Skye.

Instructors Peter Cox, Steve Gosling
Duration8 days
Group Size10
AccommodationSingle occupancy
Start DateOctober 7th 2017
End DateOctober 14th 2017
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Why this Workshop?

Steve Gosling and I have run several trips together in Ireland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. Steve is a minimalist black & white photographer, and I'm a more literal colour photographer. Together, we provide great counterpoints and show you multiple ways to see any given scene. This trip is about seeing the wonders of Scotland, but it's also about broadening your own photography and helping you to develop your own style - and have a lot of fun along the way!

What to Expect

We'll be operating from the Isle of Skye, which is what you might get if you distilled Scotland into its most dramatic essence. We'll be out sunset and sunrise, striving for the best light. As you can see from the images here, excellent images are possible even when the weather doesn't cooperate, so you'll be encouraged to see the potential in every scene. Steve and I will be out with you every day, shooting alongside you and helping you find your own eye.

Workshop Philosophy

This will be a photography workshop, not a tour. There will be no formal classroom sessions, just plenty of informal one-to-one instruction. We will also encourage you to observe how we see the landscape when composing our own photographs, and apply those lessons to your own style. We will offer an image critique and review session during the trip to further give you feedback on areas for improvement. With Steve and I coming from different points of view, you'll get at least two different opinions!

Gail Bingham, USA

Participant / Ireland 2010

I can’t thank you enough, Peter, for making this workshop such a memorable experience. You gave us magical locations, great food and fun, and most of all your ability to provide useful and positive learning opportunities at all skill levels.

Val Graham, UK

Participant / Ireland 2010

What can I say? Brilliant locations, food, accommodation, teaching and non-stop laughs.


Skye is a wonderfully dramatic and picturesque island off the west coast of Scotland and has been voted ‘the 4th best island in the world’ by National Geographic magazine. It’s a place of extremes – from the craggy outline of the Cuillin that dominate the landscape to the sheer cliffs and imposing headlands that descend down to peaceful bays & beaches. It’s changing weather patterns can crate wonderfully atmospheric lighting conditions for photography and given the right weather conditions Skye can be an ideal location for glorious sunrises and sunsets.


At 12 noon on Saturday 7th October we will collect participants from Inverness Airport before travelling to our base on Skye – the Cuillin Hills Hotel with its fantastic views across Portree Bay.

In general terms the programme will be flexible to make the best use of the locations, the light and the prevailing weather conditions (Scotland is known for its changeable weather at any time of the year and this can make for dramatic landscape photographs) so this outline itinerary is a guide to locations rather than a programme fixed in stone.

We will spend our time on Skye photographing some of the iconic locations as well as some of the lesser known spots that offer a variety of photographic potential and will give you the chance to return with something a little different.

In our time on Skye our itinerary will cover:

  • The village of Elgol, on the shores of Loch Scavaig, which has a wonderful rocky coastline with magnificent views across to the Cuillin Hills;
  • Loch Coruisk (subject to weather conditions) which can only be accessed by boat from Elgol or via a long trek over the Cuillin (thankfully we'll be taking the boat!)
  • The Quirang, a fascinating rugged landscape on the Trotternish Peninsula with views east across to the mainland;
  • The iconic Old Man of Storr (a rocky outcrop with interesting pinnacles that are the remnants of ancient landslips). It's eastern face looks across the Sound of Rassay;
  • The remote lighthouse at Neist Point (the most westerly point on the Duirinish Peninsula). The lighthouse and cliffs are photogenic subjects in their own right but the location also offers the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark;
  • The Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle. A location dominated by the Cuillin Hills. The water running off the hills flows down into the glen via a series of picturesque rocky waterfalls;
  • The Fairy Glen - a little known, bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of cone shaped hills (local myth says these are the underground homes of fairies so beware where you tread!);
  • Talisker Bay - a lovely pebble covered beach with waterfalls cascading down the cliff face and a rock stack at the edge of the bay;
  • Sligachan Bridge is an old (early 19th century) picturesque stone bridge crossing the river that carries the water down from the Cuillin. Its location offers photographic potential in the water as it cascades over the rocky river bed as well as views of the bridge in its magnificent setting, overlooked by the surrounding hills. Situated across the road is the Sligachan Hotel with its bar that boasts a selection of over 200 malt whiskies (so still something to do even if the weather is bad!).

On the morning of 14th October we will leave Skye and travel back to Inverness to return participants to the Airport by midday for their departures home.


There will be a maximum of 10 participants on the workshop and the cost per participant is £3500.

Join Us

I'm here to make sure you have a great time and make some fantastic images. A trip like this is a gift you give to yourself, and I want to make sure you get the absolute best out of it.


Accommodation, meals (breakfast and dinner at the Cuillin Hills Hotel with a packed lunch or a stop for lunch at various locations on the island depending on our itinerary) plus transport during the workshop. Tuition, advice & guidance from two world-class landscape photographers

Does Not Include

Flights to/from Scotland. Travel and cancellation insurance. Alcohol.

Contact me for further information and to book!

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