SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2020




Duration: 6 nights / 5 days

Accommodation: Lews Castle. Luxury accommodation with single en suite occupancy. Partners welcome – contact for details. 

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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

Fitness level: Moderaate

Deposit: £250.  Balance is due at the end of July 2020.

Cost: £1800


Taking a few days out from the noise and pressures of every day life. Being quiet and immersed in nature is the best way to find your own path and listen to what it is you want to create.
There is a very personal approach to this retreat and our aim is to help everyone in their own individual journey. There will be a flexible approach to our critique sessions. Some are comfortable in group discussions, others in 1-2-1’s and we will accommodate all wherever possible. For those who need to work solo, those who are at their best when they have down time in between group sessions, there is no need to worry on this retreat. With two tutors we can facilitate a flexible approach.
All in all the retreat is about you and we are here to help and assist you develop in whatever way you need. Each day will be flexible according to weather conditions. However, generally we would be up early for breakfast and out to shoot in the morning light at one location. A lunch break and then afternoon talks and critiques and a late afternoon photography session followed by dinner once the sun has set. Each day will differ slightly but we will have a mix of shooting, inspirational talks and time to sit with you individually on any given day.
This is a photography retreat for those who love the outdoors, truly wild and remote beautiful places as well as a little bit of luxury when they return. The focus is on your personal connection with the landscape and inspiring you to find your own style.


Locations will include some of the following:

The stunning and wild Mangersta stacks.

Callanish Stones, Neolithic standing stones, older than Stonehenge and fully accessible.

Reef & Valtos beaches and the chessmen at Uig beach.

The butt of Lewis with its frequent heavy swells, big skies and huge cliffs.

Sea stacks and surf at Dalmor beach.

The stretches of golden sands and turquoise seas on the Isle of Harris beaches.



When it comes to heart-achingly beautiful and dramatic scenery along with changeable and stunning light, the Isle of Lewis delivers.

An ever-changing mix of terrains; rugged cliffs, sea stacks, stretches of deserted beaches, crumbled remains of empty croft houses, hills, lunar-like rocky plateaus and desolate moorlands. All this as well as Neolithic standing stones Iron Age brochs and traditional 17th century Blackhouses.

Lewis offers amazing opportunities to explore all the elements of life on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean – history, heritage, wilderness and breathtaking landscapes. You begin to understand how the relentless seas have shaped this island environment, and the lifestyles of those who live here.

The autumn and spring are the best time to photograph the Outer Hebrides. The sense of desolation on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean which is subject to constantly changing weather, brooding skies and giant rolling waves is at its best outside the summer months. The days are shorter which allow us to photograph during sunset or sunrise and the quality of light is at its best. There might even be a chance to see the northern lights if skies are clear enough.

Harris is approx an hour and a half drive away so there is ample time to visit this island which is connected by land to Lewis.


Lews Castle is an A-listed castle which dates back to the 1840s. Lying unused for 20 years, a £19.5 million restoration project recently returned it to its Gothic Revival glory.

Lews Castle will be our base, teaching area as well as accommodation for up to 12 participants for 6 nights/ 5 days.

The bedrooms and apartments are all finished to the highest standard, staying true to the grandeur of the building with traditional touches such as Harris Tweed, but will also expertly blend contemporary luxuries into the mix with the latest technology and design.

On site is a museum, cafe and restaurant, all amidst an expanse of castle grounds with walks and forest and endless quiet spaces. Within 10 mins walking distance from the heart of Stornoway, yet secluded enough to feel completely tranquil. We choose Lews Castle for its sheer sense of space and peacefulness which allows everyone to have a little of their own time and quiet outwith the teaching and shooting times.


On this very special Outer Hebrides retreat, I have teamed up with Paul Sanders. We both work in an intuitive manner and believe that photography is about how you respond to the landscape. We are equally passionate about helping, encouraging and assisting others to develop and grow in understanding and depth in their own landscape photography.

We have both overcome significant challenges through landscape photography and have learnt to live in a way that we stay healthy, happy and fulfilled through our landscape work. We have come together to create a unique space for a few days in a beautiful isolated island which will allow us to help you in your own photographic journey.


Paul Sanders is passionate about landscape photography and believes strongly in the connection between mindfulness and his landscape work. 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 against the rocky shores or watch sunlight stream through trees on a foggy morning, how blessed and lucky we are to have such beauty on our doorsteps”

Paul was appointed as Picture Editor of The Times in 2004, He left The Times in 2012 to pursue his passion for fine art landscape work. He enjoys sharing his work with others, speaking to camera clubs and societies regularly. Paul also enjoys very much working alongside others in a workshop environment sharing, helping and encouraging others to find their own way in photography.


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.


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 are 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?

All levels of photographers are welcome. With two tutors, there is plenty time to give personalised attention to all levels.
Non-photographic partners also welcome and we will accommodate rates and activities accordingly. Please ask for more information.


Fitness level is moderate 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.


Breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal provided at Lews Castle.




Single (or double if requested ) accommodation in Lews Castle apartments. You will have access to a shared kitchen and living area between each 2 bedrooms.



Arrival Date: 12th September 2020
Workshop Dates: 13th – 17th September 2020
Departure date: 18th September 2020


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 to help you in your packing.



All tutoring
Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner



Travel to and from the island
Alcoholic drinks




  • Detailed communication beforehand so that we understand how we can help you on the tour. We will allow for personalised attention.
  • Perfect if you are wanting to combine a trip with your partner with a photography tour. Non photographic partners welcome.
  • Photographic locations from dramatic cliffs, desolate landscapes, roaring wild seas and historic sites on Lewis to beautiful rolling hills and stretches of white sandy beaches on the Isle of Harris.
  • Alongside our standard photographic training, Margaret is also experienced in time-lapse photography and can demo time-lapse to those interested. Paul is a master of the long exposure so will be teaching long exposure techniques.
  • Individual attention and a focus on helping you develop.