Scotland – Skye and Assynt
With Joe Cornish and Daníel Bergmann
November 5–15, 2018 – 3 places available
Elgol beach on Skye. ©Joe Cornish
Scotland is one of the greatest photography locations in Europe and its an honour to be offering a photo workshop there with Joe Cornish as my co-leader. Joe is not only one of the finest landscape photographers of our times and a great inspiration to me and countless other photographers, but he is also as much an expert on Scotland as I can claim to be on Iceland.
On this 11-day workshop we will be focusing on the Isle of Skye and the highland area of Assynt.
While the landscape of the Scottish Highlands is truly the stuff of myth and legend (and that’s just among photographers) it is also elusive, and parts of it are sufficiently inaccessible that they remain little visited. With Joe we’ll travel through some of those spectacular locations, which are featured in his many books, such as Scotland’s Mountains.
Mt. Suilven in Inverpolly. © Joe Cornish
This workshop is about improving your photography as well as experiencing unique and exciting locations. We will be out photographing with you every day, helping you to realize the images you’re after and encourage you to explore and see the landscape in new ways. I am as passionate about photography as you are and participating in an intense photographic journey, with a group of like minded individuals, is a good way to grow as a photographer. As instructors we are always at hand to assist with specific techniques and welcome the opportunity to discuss the philosophical aspect of our art.
Accommodation and food
We will be staying in single en suite rooms at three different hotels. Your comfort is taken seriously so all the hotels will offer a good standard of comfort and delightful food. Internet access will be available at all locations, although it may be slow at times due to the remoteness. All meals are included. If you have a special dietary requirement you will be accommodated – just be sure and let me know when you make your booking. Lunches will be taken on the road, either at service centers or cafés or as packed lunches.
Quiraing on Skye. © Joe Cornish
The workshop will start and finish in Inverness. We will meet there on November 5th and the first night will be spent in town, to allow for a relaxed drive over to the Isle of Skye the following morning, with possible photography stops along the way. The world-famous Skye is our first destination. During our four days here we will seek out its quieter corners as well-known viewpoints Skye is home of the Cuillin, a ragged mountain ridge and the crumbling edge of a once huge volcano. The Cuillin provides special challenges for rock climber, mountaineer and photographer alike. To the north of Skye is Trotternish, a long crest of hills with two exceptional highlights in the Storr and the Quiraing. Skye’s complex shape has won it the epithet, ‘Winged Isle’, and its coastline is photographically varied, gives views of the mainland, the outer Hebrides and its own attendant islands, and is also rich in wildlife. Sea otter, eagles, seals and dolphins are all common; the time of year usually determines frequency of sightings.
Our drive to Ullapool (gateway town to the extreme north west) takes us via Torridon, home to many of Scotland’s most spectacular mountains, including Liathach. The travel day should produce some worthwhile photo opportunities. Ullapool occupies a strategically ideal spot on (tidal) Loch Broom, and is a good base from which to explore amazing Assynt. This is an area of ancient mountains that have been over a billion years in the making, and due to an apparent contradiction in the ordering of the rock strata is also a lynchpin location in our understanding of geology. Many lochs (lakes), streams and waterfalls divide the mountains, along with pockets of dwarf native woodland, a reminder that we are 58º north here. Gnarled, wet and windswept, this is a landscape that defies convention and challenges photographic technique and aesthetic norms. But it rewards the adventurous with unique moments of light, and unexpected confluences of form and scale. The mountains themselves are not giants; in fact the centrepiece of our journeys into the region is diminutive Stac Pollaidh, whose unmistakeable summit is a mere 612 metres asl. Because of this, short hikes can take us to many new perspectives on the hills.
Our drive home will take us via beautiful Glen Affric, a jewel of Scotland’s rare remaining ancient woodland. Although autumn will be at its end the colours here can be fascinating into the winter, and sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds it provides a contrast to the wild wonders of Skye and Assynt. We will then spend the night of November 15th in Inverness.
I am a native Icelander, a professional nature photographer and have been leading photography tours and workshops in Iceland since 2003. You can read more about me here.
Joe Cornish has been a working photographer for over thirty years and has been leading tours and workshop for nearly twenty years. He is one of the most influential landscape photographers of our generation and his love of and enthusiasm for photography remain undimmed. I regard his books on Scotland the finest of its kind, both Scotland’s Mountains and Scotland’s Coast. If you don’t own them you should find copies for your library. You can see more of Joe’s work on his galleries website.
Date: November 5–15, 2018
Duration: 11 days/11 nights
Cost: $7,450 (USD)
Includes: Transportation in spacious vehicles, single occupancy accommodation, all food and drink (except alcohol), guidance and tuition
Excludes: International flights, insurance, alcoholic beverages
Group size: 10
Leader: Joe Cornish and Daníel Bergmann
Please contact me for further information and booking.
Bealach Na Gaoithe in Torridon. © Joe Cornish