Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop

Isle of Lewis

7th Oct 2021 - 13th Oct 2021


2 minute Video Trailer - Isle of Lewis Landscape Photography Workshop

Duration: 6 nights / 5 days

Accommodation: Luxury accommodation with single en suite occupancy in Lews Castle.

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

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

Fitness level: Moderate - we will match the pace of locations according to the group.

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: £250 with a balance is due at the end of July 2021.

Cost: £1800

Tutors: Margaret Soraya & Paul Sanders

Isle of Lewis Landscape Photography Workshop

Each day, we will head off for a different destination, allowing you time to immerse yourself in a mindful way. You will be guided by Margaret and Paul who are both believers in mindful photography and will gently teach and encourage.


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 Uig Chessmen.

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.

isle of lewis landscape photography workshop


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 lifestyle 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 leading a workshop on the hebrides with margaret soraya

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.


margaret soraya leading a workshop in wild weather

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 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.