PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT IN

LOCH NESS, GLEN AFFRIC & GLENCOE

LOCH NESS, GLEN AFFRIC & GLENCOE

MARCH 2020

CONNECT TO THE REMOTE BEAUTY OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS AND RESPARK YOUR CREATIVITY IN THIS FOUR-DAY, FIVE-NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHIC RETREAT WITH TWO RESPECTED TUTORS.

£1550

 

Duration: 5 nights / 4 days

Accommodation: Luxury apartments on the banks of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus Abbey (single room). 

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner, transport while on the retreat, Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle.

Excluded: Alcoholic drinks, travel to the abbey and insurance.

Fitness level: Easy

Deposit: 20%  

Cost: £1550 per person (early bird £1450 until April 2019)

FIND YOUR OWN PATH

Connect to the remote beauty of the Scottish Highlands and respark your creativity in this four-day, five-night photographic retreat. Each day, you’ll head off for a different destination, immersing yourself in the landscape with two tutors who have used landscape photography to support them with major life challenges.

This retreat is ideal for the keen amateur level landscape photographer through to the beginner wanting to be in nature for its healing properties and beauty.  It has a balance of group activities, individual projects and one-on-one time with your tutors to suit introverts and the more gregarious. Non-photographic partners are welcome and we will accommodate rates and activities accordingly.  

LOCH NESS, GLEN AFFRIC & GLENCOE

Loch Ness is Scotland’s most famous loch. Peaceful, quiet and mysterious.

Glen Affric is often described as the finest and most beautiful of all Scotland’s glens. A mystical mix of  lochs, moorlands and native pinewoods. It has an amazing variety of scenery and is a quiet and hidden gem.

Glencoe is just over an hours drive away allowing us to take the opportunity to drive into the heart of Glencoe which boasts some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Experience the grandeur of Glencoe, the rugged remoteness of Rannoch Moor and the iconic mountain views of Buachaille Etive Mor.

LOCATIONS

Our daily schedules are designed to include many of the following, weather permitting.
  • Photographing on the shores of Loch Ness from various locations.
  • Cruising down Loch Ness to the historic Urquhart Castle with time to photograph at the castle.
  • The deep and beautiful mountains & lochs of Glen Affric,
  • A day trip out to the dramatic & iconic mountains of Glencoe
  • Freshly prepared home cooked healthy breakfast, lunch & dinner in the abbey.
  • Lochside evening by a fire pit, hot chocolate, food outdoors
  • optional open water swimming tasters!
  • slideshows, movies & inspirational talks by your tutors
  • optional participants input to show work and chat about their own thoughts & works
  • Individual one to ones with Paul & Margaret

YOUR ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in the beautiful St Benedict’s Abbey which is situated in the picturesque village of Fort Augustus in the heart of the Great Glen. The Abbey itself is a magnificent historic building which has been converted into apartments to provide luxurious retreats on the shores of Loch Ness. Each apartment has 3 bedrooms and its own shared kitchen and living area in addition to the abbeys own facilities. Single (or double if requested )

The apartments are all fully equipped to a very high standard and use of all the Abbey’s facilities including heated pool and spa, gardens which lead out directly onto Loch Ness, huge outdoor chess, tennis courts. Breakfast, lunch and locally cooked dinner is provided.

The village of Fort Augustus lies on the banks of the Caledonian Canal. Inverness and Fort William are both just a 45 minute drive away. The abbey leads out directly onto the shores of Loch ness.

If you are driving from the Inverness direction, follow the signs for Fort William (the A82). The Abbey is off the main road through private gates. If you are driving from the South West, follow the A82 towards Fort William and then continue until you reach Fort Augustus.

Alternatively we can arrange collection from Inverness airport or Inverness rail station if required. Please email for more information or assistance.

YOUR TUTORS

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 SANDERS

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.

MARGARET SORAYA

Margaret specialises in photographing some of Scotland’s most remote and wild places and has photographed landscapes for 23 years.

She lives on the shores of Loch Ness and has spent years capturing the loch and surrounding countryside. Margaret is fascinated by the connection between wellness and being in nature, studying how nature heals, closeness in water is beneficial and how solitude in the outdoors can be revitalising for introverts.

Commissions have included travel to Iceland, Croatia, Italy and Boston. Her work has been published in National Geographic Traveller, Outdoor Photography Magazine, Rough Guides and regularly features in Scottish broadsheets.