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Photography Tour Overview:
With the isles of Mull, Skye, and Iona, plus the western Highlands,
east coast lighthouses, harbours and castles, and a chunk of
northern England, this will be a memorable Gaelic sojourn. Perhaps when you hear the name 'Scotland' your mind is most likely flooded with images of castles aside placid lochs, or perched on rock outcrops just as many castles on this photo tour do. Understandably, you might toss in an audio background of a lone bagpiper’s lament drifting across a misty loch, and mountain slopes of tussock grass, Sheep and purple Heather. Yes, that is Scotland, but there is much more. British Photographer John Baker will guide you around the Highlands and Islands of the Inner Hebrides taking in Mull, Iona, and Skye, then inland to Glen Coe, Loch Ness,
and the east coast, finishing at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne just across the border in England. The Scottish light is invariably moody as shafts of light illuminate white-washed cottages, castles, and the wistful moors. It’s ancient, it's modern, but above all Scotland has a
Gaelic magic of its own. The Scottish folk are laden with barely discernible accents, but have a willingness to share their homeland of granite and green slopes, ocean and earth-toned tartans. See and photograph all this and more on our next Scotland photography tour.
Our itinerary . . . But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time,
as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour
Day 1 | To Oban: A three castle day We'll
gather in the lobby of our gateway hotel at
9:00 am, and head for
Stirling where the castle, bridge and Wallace Monument will
get our attention. Across arable land to Loch Lomond,
pausing en-route for the included lunch and digital
presentation of images you can expect to shoot on our
Scotland photo tour. To the very photogenic and historic
town of Inverary where the town, harbour and castle will
provide plenty of ‘pixel tickling’ as will a remote castle
as we continue westwards. Late light in the Oban region. Near Oban, 1 night
Days 2 + 3 | The Islands of Mull and Iona
After shooting around Oban harbour we'll take
a mid-morning ferry out to the Isle of Mull, an
island oft described “as Scottish as heather and porridge".
From the ferry ride you'll photograph a pair of classic
Scottish scenes, then once we land on the lush, green
Scottish isle peppered with Black-face Sheep, Highland
cattle and whitewashed cottages, we'll make our way to Tobermory.
We'll shoot around the colorful harbour where sunken ships still hold
tightly onto their centuries old treasures. We'll follow
much of the island's coastline today on a one-lane road
shooting as we go for several hours. At Fionnphort we'll
take the short ferry ride to the enchanting Isle of Iona. The island is considered to be one the most significant seats of Christianity in Britain, and was established by St. Columba in 563.
Preserved by the Scottish National Trust, Iona is a peaceful
place that you'll find quite striking and timeless. The Abbey, Celtic crosses, coastline and Scottish island life will bring you much photographic and spiritual fulfillment, and it is a wonderful place to
amble about and take in the invigorating breezes, plus the
azure blue water present for Atlantic sunsets.
Isle of Iona, 2 nights
Day 4 | Iona to Glen Coe We'll depart
Iona following breakfast and make several Isle of Mull stops
for Highland cattle, Loch Scridain and a beautifully
situated castle. We then take a short ferry ride across the
Sound of Mull back to the mainland where the terrain, and
the photographic opportunities constantly change as we skirt
inland lochs making our way to Glen Coe. In the late light
of the evening we’ll carefully compose images that convey
the uniqueness and ruggedness of his rocky valley. It is
also the spot where the MacDonald Clan were massacred after befriending their
Campbell clan visitors. Near Glen Coe, 1 night
Days 5, 6 + 7 | Glen Coe to the Isle of Skye Back to Glen Coe for the early light, then following breakfast we’ll
go north and make a pair of detours. The first is a valley lush with foliage, waterfalls and Highland cattle
on the slopes of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain at 4,406’. We'll detour once more for the view down Loch Shiel plus the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct as featured in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie and two sequels
. . . and yes, you'll photograph the train that is better
known as the Hogwarts Express!
As we continue on to the Isle of Skye we'll pause to photograph
lochs [lakes] before moving on to 13th century Eilean Donan Castle on the banks of Loch Duich . . . a castle in a spectacular setting
and featured in Highlander. Then "Over the sea to Skye"
and on to our new 3-night base on an island made lyrically infamous.
The next two days will be spent photographing the Cuillin Hills [mountain range], the Old Man of Storr, whitewashed cottages, Dunvegan Castle,
a spectacular lighthouse, a remote country lane loaded with
images, and much more. We'll also shoot around colorful Portree
harbour when, hopefully, fishing boats are returning with a few dozen seagulls in tow creating a memorable scene. Isle of Skye, 3 nights
The 'Hogwarts Express'
Day 8 | Skye to Loch Ness We'll shoot early again, then
head in the direction of Loch Ness via a second look at Eilean Donan castle
if the light is better or different than our first photo
session at that spot. On via Loch Carron, and a spectacular detour over a narrow winding road to
a remote village that sits just feet from the ocean. We'll then follow
an almost deserted coast road which affords great views back to Skye,
highland cows and much more. On via Shieldaig and the wilds
of the Scottish high moors where the elusive Red Deer can often be seen. We
then cross to the lush green landscape of the east side of Scotland to Loch Ness for hotel check-in,
with late light shots of the floodlit Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. Near Loch Ness, 1 night
Day 9 | Loch Ness to Banff More Urquhart castle prior to breakfast, then a short trip to
a nearby waterfall for a few tripod studies for 'soft water' effects.
When then follow Loch Ness northwards, and on via Inverness to the north Aberdeenshire coast
for another collection of photo stops. Included will be a
castle and gardens, coastal rock formations and rustic
coastal villages etcetera. On to our overnight stay, and late light
at the ocean to close the day. Near Banff, 1 night
Day 10 | Banff to Stonehaven Early light around Banff harbour, then after breakfast and check-out we'll continue on around the coast via
several photogenic coastal villages plus a pair of lighthouses. When the late light hits we'll be composing shots of the moody
spectre that is the stunningly situated 15th century remains
of Dunnottar Castle, a
spectacular Scottish classic. Near Stonehaven, 1 night
Days 11 + 12 | Stonehaven to Edinburgh
and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne At dawn on day 11
we'll be back at Dunnottar Castle as the sun rises behind
the rocky promontory on which the castle sits at the edge of
the North Sea. Then on down the coast for the magnificent grounds and gardens of Glamis Castle . . . Highland cattle included. After crossing the River Tay we'll rejoin the coast at St. Andrews - yep, that St. Andrews - and point cameras at the town's
multiple facets, not just the golf course! After shooting a
charming harbour and the Firth of Forth bridges we'll travel on to our hotel near the Edinburgh airport for a two-night stay.
Day 12 will be taken up with a trip into northern England for
several hours on the very photogenic Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For more details see the Wikipedia link
here. Depending on tides that day, our last night dinner will take place either on Holy Island or
back in Edinburgh.
The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action by John. Near Edinburgh airport, 2 nights
Day 13 | Departure day As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure, your flight home can be arranged for any time today.
Photo Tour Photographer/Leader:
John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours
Enhancing Your Photography Skills: Describing the assistance you'll receive on one of our photography tours takes more than a few words, so for greater detail please go here.
Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous' to 'mildly strenuous'
A majority of images are found in close proximity to our vehicle
In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous
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Photography Tour Cost, the Fine Details and Enrollment
Trip Cost: $5,640 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy
Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip
The deposit for this photography tour is
$300. Pay a deposit, or your full trip balance
Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .
Photography instruction throughout the trip by John
All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]
Lunch on day one of the trip
Dinner on the last night of the trip
On-vehicle snacks and bottled water
All ground transportation
Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included
Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’
Following the trip, field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, and a disc containing images of clients 'in action' on the trip
Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .
Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return
Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates
Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation
Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip
Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary
Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry etcetera
Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone
Passport or visa expenses
Airport departure taxes, if applicable
Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:
We photograph the exterior
of other castles, and should you wish to gain entry admission is not included
All ferry rides and the tipping of Bagpipers for 'photographic purposes'
You will of course have free reign to photograph the exterior of locations not included, and if time permits, to enter at your own expense