PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT ON

THE ISLE OF HARRIS

ISLE OF HARRIS

MARCH 2-7, 2019

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TRULY REMOTE, BEAUTIFUL PLACES AS WELL AS A LITTLE LUXURY. A VERY PERSONALISED WORKSHOP FOR YOU TO DEVELOP YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BY GETTING TO THE CORE OF YOUR PATH.

£1800

Availability: SOLD OUT

Trip cost: £1800 single. Non-photographic partners £700

Included:Breakfast, lunch & dinner, transport on the island, private sea charter

Excluded: Drinks, travel to the island & camera insurance.

Accommodation: Oran Na Mara 

Fitness level: Easy

Tutor: Margaret Soraya

 

FIND YOUR OWN PATH

An opportunity to take part in a bespoke photographic retreat in one of the most historic and wild corners of the Outer Hebrides. A workshop for those who love truly remote, beautiful places as well as a little luxury. This retreat focuses on the individual and how I can help you develop by getting to the core of your path. A very personalised workshop where listening to you as participants is the main focus.

Expect to be cut off from the real world for a few days, immersed in the wild open spaces of some of the finest and emptiest beaches you will ever see. As well as capturing landscapes and seascapes, this is an opportunity for you to recharge your personal batteries and reinvigorate your photographic practice through connecting with nature. I have been lucky enough to secure the fabulously luxurious Oran Na Mara. Oran Na Mara is luxury and tranquility at its best, with open vistas looking directly out onto Scarista beach, one of the most beautiful and wild beaches of the island.

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.

When the light fades, we will spend evenings by the open fire with a range of inspirational talks, videos, teaching and stories. I am keen to understand your story and in turn help you find your own niche, your own style.

 

This is a tour for those who love the outdoors, truly wild and remote beautiful places as well as a little bit of luxury when they return. As there will only be a few participants it is very much led by who is on the course and each of you will have personal attention and the day to day will be adapted according to what suits this group.

Join me for a few days on this incredible island!

LOCATIONS

Locations will include some of the following:

The roaring waves and sheer expanse of Scarista Beach,

The secret beach at Hushinish, looking out to the Isle of Scarp

The white sands and turquoise waters of Luskentyre beach

The abandoned chapel at Northton or Ceapabhal

A trip to Lewis and the Callanish stones or Mangersta Stacks

THE ISLE OF LEWIS & HARRIS

The Outer Hebrides is tranquil, peaceful and welcoming – one of the remotest places you will ever go. And Harris is regarded as the jewel of the Hebrides: it is mountainous with absolutely stunning beaches which are regularly listed as among the best in the world.

It can look like the Caribbean in the summer months and in the winter feels like an island on the edge of the world.

In March we will be guaranteed a beach all to ourselves. The weather can be wild, changeable and bracing – perfect for great landscape photography.

Daylight will be at its most atmospheric at this time of year with some great weather patterns. On Harris, you can often see many seasons in one day – experience fast-moving weather and clouds, rainbows and sunshine all in one day.

Harris is about an hour and a half’s drive from the Isle of Lewis so there is ample time to visit the Callanish Stones and dramatic Mangersta Stacks.

YOUR ACCOMMODATION

Oran Na Mara (song of the sea) – a newly-built, architect-designed property with unparalleled views of the sea out of expansive windows. Oran na Mara directly overlooks the spectacular two-mile curved bay of Scarista beach with the iconic Chaipaval peninsula as the backdrop.

It is five-star, contemporary luxury with traditional features including marram grass thatch and stone walling. There is a large sitting and dining area for our in-house meals as well as workshop and teaching sessions. There is also a peat and wood fire stove in a snug area for us to return to after a day out in the elements.

Oran Na Mara will be our base, teaching area and accommodation for up to 5 participants. Once Oran Na Mara is fully allocated we will look at alternative accommodation close by so book early!

YOUR TUTOR

MARGARET SORAYA

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 the 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small group – limited to up to 3-5 participants.
  • Daylight will be at its most atmospheric at this time of year with some great weather patterns. On Harris, you can often see many seasons in one day – experience fast-moving weather and clouds, rainbows and sunshine all in one day.
  • Fully inclusive of food, travel & accommodation. In house dining provided.
  • Alongside our photographic training, Margaret is also experienced in time-lapse photography so can demo time-lapse and teach skills to those interested.
  • Social area within the house to gather for sharing stories, thoughts, ideas and for slideshows and talk by tutors. Image critiques and reviews each evening. Your opportunity to share your images and ideas (optional)

FAQ

Travel to the island

We will collect you from Stornoway airport. Flights depart from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness and connections can be made from various airports including London & Manchester.

Or alternatively we can collect you from Tarbert ferry terminal to meet the ferry from Skye. It is possible to purchase walk on fares for as little as £12 and leave your car at the ferry terminal in Skye.

 

Planning assistance

Please do not hesitate to ask if you need journey planning advice. You can choose to travel to the island in a number of ways and might want to stop through other islands along the way. The Isle of Skye, Uist and Barra and all possible to tag along each side. Margaret has in depth knowledge of ferries, accommodation and routes and can provide help.

 

Who is this for?

Photographers who want to feel inspired! All levels of photographers are welcome. Beginners to experienced photographers can participate.
Non photographic partners also welcome and we will accommodate rates and activities accordingly. Please ask for more information.

Who is this for?

Photographers who want to feel inspired! All levels of photographers are welcome. Beginners to experienced photographers can participate.
Non photographic partners also welcome and we will accommodate rates and activities accordingly. Please ask for more information.

 
Included

Accommodation
All tutoring
Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
All transport during the retreat

 

 

Accommodation

Single or double accomomdation Oran Na Mara.

 

Dates

Arrival Date: 2nd March 2019
Workshop Dates: 3rd – 6th March 2019
Departure date: 7th March 2019

 
 
Difficulty

Fitness level is easy and we will match the pace of locations according to the group. No one needs to worry about keeping up! Most locations are within a very easy, short walk.

 

What to bring

Bring warm, waterproof clothing, cameras and tripods. Tripod, filters, remote shutters, memory cards and a laptop if you can. There will be a full kit list sent out to participants. A small portfolio of your images if you wish to take part in a review session. Printed images preferred.

 

Excluded

Travel to and from the island
Insurance
Alcoholic drinks

 

Food

Breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal provided