Southern Hebrides Landscape Photography Workshop

Isle of Islay

21st – 27th March 2021

For those who love truly remote, beautiful places, a landscape photography workshop for you to develop your photography on one of the most remote and under-explored Scottish islands.


Duration: 6 nights / 5 days

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

Included: Accommodation, all tutoring,
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
All transport during the retreat.

Excluded: Alcoholic drinks, travel to the island & camera insurance.

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

What to bring - Bring warm, waterproof clothing, cameras and tripods. Tripod, filters, remote shutters, memory cards and a laptop if you can.

Travel Planning - Please do not hesitate to ask if you need journey planning advice. We will arrange to collect you from the agreed meeting location.

Deposit: Balance due beginning January 2021

Cost: £1750

Tutors: Margaret Soraya & Paul Sanders

Remote Landscape Photography Workshop on the Isle of Islay

An opportunity to take part in a bespoke landscape photography workshop in a remote and under-explored Scottish island.

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 photographing 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 secured a series of self-catering houses close to the beach on Islay, which gives you the freedom to explore yourself if you choose.

Join me for a few days on this incredible 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. 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, whisky and population of just 200 people, outnumbered by its population of deer.

The Isle of Islay

It is hard not to fall under the Isle of Islay’s spell! It is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides with one of the most beautiful and varied island landscapes. The Jura skyline as seen from Islay is defined by the Paps below which is endless moorland. This is one of Scotland’s last wilderness, making is something of a photographer’s dream location.


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

Landscape photography workshop


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 from the main house, each with two or three bedrooms that offer exceptional accommodation. Named after the beautiful beaches of the island, all have central heating as well as open fires. All of the houses have WiFi, Satellite TV, and normal modern conveniences.

Margaret Soraya & Paul Sanders

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.

Margaret specialises in photographing some of Scotland’s most remote and wild places and has photographed landscapes for 23 years. She is fascinated by the connection between wellness and being in nature and how solitude in the outdoors can be revitalising for introverts.

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

Both tutors are gentle and kind teachers who are passionate about helping your learn and develop.

Margaret Soraya with Paul Sanders