Islay & Jura

21st – 27th March 2021 

For those who love truly remote, beautiful places.

A landscape photography retreat for you to develop your photography on one of the most remote and under explored Scottish Islands 


Fully booked

Duration : 6 nights 

Trip cost: £1750 single

Included:Breakfast & Dinner & Lunch

Excluded: Alcoholic drinks 

Accommodation:  Self catering cottages, single rooms with shared bathrooms. Collection from Glasgow over to Islay  

Fitness level: Moderate – most locations within walking distance of parking. 

Deposit: £250. Balance due beginning January 2021

Tutor: Margaret Soraya & Paul Sanders 



An opportunity to take part in a bespoke photography workshop in a remote Scottish island.

Expect to be cut off from the real world for a few days and immersed in the wild open spaces of some of the finest and emptiest spaces you will ever see. As well as photographing landscapes and seascapes, this is an opportunity for you to recharge your personal batteries and reinvigorate your photographic practice. I have secured a series of self catering houses close to the beach on Islay which gives you the freedom to explore yourself if you choose.

During the days, we will be out in the landscape but will match our pace to those taking part so that everyone can feel relaxed and suitably rested. We will be taking a day trip to Jura, an untamed island known as one of the wildest places in Scotland. It is located off the mainland’s west coast, the long and narrow island is known for its soaring mountains, delectable whisky and local population of just 200 people which are outnumbered by its population of deer.

Join me for a few days on this incredible island!


7.30 am Breakfast in house

8.00 am On location shoot 

12.00pm Lunch on location or cafe 

2.00pm Second location shoot 

4.00pm free time / 1-2-1s at accommodation

6.30pm Dinner 

7.30pm Talks and reviews of the day / 1-2-1s

9.00pm Finish 


Locations will include some of the following:

The roaring waves and sheer expanse of Machir Bay 

Options to pop by  a distillery or two! 

Kilnaughton Lighthouse and the singing sands 

Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve 

Saligo Bay 

A day trip to Jura with views to the Paps of Jura 

During this photography workshop we are staying at a series of self accommodation cottages. The main house is an 1820’s former manse which is thought to be built on the site of the Lords of the Isles summer palace. The house has been fully restored and beautifully furnished.

The other cottages are a few minutes away, each with two or three bedrooms. 



It is hard not to fall under the Isle of Islay’s spell! It is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, often referred to as Queen of the Hebrides. It has one of the most beautiful and varied island landscapes the Scotland. The Jura skyline as seen from Islay is defined by the Paps, three conical mounds of quartzite rising to over seven hundred metres. Below  is endless moorland. One of Scotland’s last wildernesses, making it something of a photographer’s dream location.

Within a short period of time you feel immersed in the long and varied history of the island, large parts of which lie dormant and untouched. Icy waters, transparent and pure, lap against Islay’s edges. Conversely, fewer parts of Islay are more rugged than the section of shore that sits opposite the neighbouring island of Jura. 


Paul Sanders and Margaret Soraya both work in an intuitive manner and believe that photography is about how you respond to the landscape. They are both passionate about helping others develop their own landscape photography, bringing out their own unique voice.


Paul believes strongly that being present within the landscape and the connection you have with nature is the most important part of landscape photography.

“I love being outside, surrounded by the beauty of the world we live in. It never ceases to amaze me, as I watch the storm clouds blow in over the coast, listen to the waves crashing on the rocky shore or watch sunlight stream through trees on a foggy morning, how blessed we are to have such beauty on our doorsteps.”

Paul is a Fuji X Pro ambassador and former picture editor of The Times. Much of his landscape work involves long exposures and he is inspired by artists such as Turner, Monet and Mark Rothko.



I specialise in photographing some of Scotland’s most remote and wild places. I spend considerable time on the Islands of Harris and Lewis and exploring other equally remote areas. I actively seek out isolated places to work. I adore the beauty in remote landscapes and being based in the Highlands of Scotland, it is relatively easy for me to get wild and beautiful places.

I have been photographing landscapes for 23 years since relocating to the Highlands of Scotland. 

My work has been printed in Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Camera Craft, Build it Magazine, Outdoor Photography Magazine and regularly in travel features within Scottish broadsheets.

In the past 8 years I have been commissioned to travel to photograph in countries such as Italy, America, Iceland, the Azores, Swaziland and Croatia. However, my main interest always comes back to the beautiful wild landscapes of the North of Scotland and the Scottish Isles.