Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop

Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop

Isle of Lewis

SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2020


Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop based on the Isle of Lewis. Be inspired to develop your own style during a photography workshop with Paul Sanders and Margaret Soraya.




Duration: 6 nights / 5 days

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

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

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

Fitness level: Moderaate

Deposit: £250 with a balance is due at the end of July 2020.

Cost: £1800


Take a few days out from the noise and pressures of everyday life. Being quiet and immersed in nature is the best way to find your own path.

There is a very personal approach to this Photography Workshop held at Lews Castle, Stornoway. 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 downtime in between group sessions, there is no need to worry. With two tutors, we can facilitate a flexible approach.

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 at one location. Then a lunch break and an afternoon shoot. 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 workshop for those who love the outdoors, truly wild and remote beautiful places, and a 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.


Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop

Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop

Our Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop has been designed to allow you to slow down and see the heart-achingly beautiful and dramatic scenery along with changeable and stunning light on the Isle of Lewis.

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.

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.


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 encouraging others to  grow in understanding and depth in their own work.

We have both overcome significant challenges through landscape photography. We have learnt to live healthy, happy and fulfilled lifetstyle through our landscape work. We have come together to create a unique space for a few days on the Outer Hebrides for you to enjoy.


Paul Sanders is passionate about the connection between mindfulness and his landscape work.

“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. Spending considerable time on the Outer Hebrides and exploring other equally remote areas. 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 widely and I have exhibited at The Bosham Gallery.

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.


  • 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 are 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. Paul is a master of the long exposure so will be teaching long exposure techniques.
  • Individual attention and a focus on helping you develop.