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The Outer Hebrides photography tour

04th - 11th Apr, 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Tutored by Clive Minnitt and Phil Malpas and

£2699.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP

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The Outer Hebrides are a group of 15 inhabited and hundreds of uninhabited islands off the North-Western coast of Scotland. From Barra Head in the South to the Butt of Lewis in the north, it is approximately 130 miles and although many of the southern islands are now joined by road, it still requires two ferry journeys to travel the islands from top to bottom.

Also known as the Western Isles, they form a barrier between the mainland and the awesome power of the North Atlantic Ocean. The Hebrides are truly at the edge of Europe, to the West there is nothing but the tiny archipelago of St. Kilda and three thousand miles of storm ridden ocean before landfall on the Eastern shores of Canada. There is no doubt that this group of islands present the photographer with opportunities unlike any others in the UK. They are windswept, craggy, beautiful and even today, remote. Not only are they geographically and geologically distinct, they are also culturally very different from the Scottish mainland.

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The Outer Hebrides photography tour The Outer Hebrides photography tour
  • Included
    • Full board accommodation
    • Breakfasts, packed lunches, dinners
    • Transport during the tour
    • Tuition from Clive Minnitt and Phil Malpas
    • Transfers from the recommended flight
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Insurance
  • Duration 7 Night Tours
  • Exertion Moderate
  • Tour Code HAR08
The Outer Hebrides photography tour

The Outer Hebrides are a group of 15 inhabited and hundreds of uninhabited islands off the North-Western coast of Scotland. From Barra Head in the South to the Butt of Lewis in the north, it is approximately 130 miles and although many of the southern islands are now joined by road, it still requires two ferry journeys to travel the islands from top to bottom.

Also known as the Western Isles, they form a barrier between the mainland and the awesome power of the North Atlantic Ocean. The Hebrides are truly at the edge of Europe, to the West there is nothing but the tiny archipelago of St. Kilda and three thousand miles of storm ridden ocean before landfall on the Eastern shores of Canada. There is no doubt that this group of islands present the photographer with opportunities unlike any others in the UK. They are windswept, craggy, beautiful and even today, remote. Not only are they geographically and geologically distinct, they are also culturally very different from the Scottish mainland.

The island of Lewis and Harris, often referred to as two separate islands, is the third largest island in the British Isles (after Great Britain and Ireland) with Lewis being the home to the largest population area, the town of Stornaway which also has the island’s main airport. 

Modern communication with the mainland is frequent, but despite this the islands are just remote enough to maintain their own, unique character. The majority of the population still speak Gaelic, despite an 1872 Act which tried to outlaw it and the local brand of Christianity is well known for its stubborn observation of the Sabbath. The Hebridean people are, without doubt, the most welcoming people you will ever meet. There is a phrase used locally “Never knock and never lock”; strangers are welcomed with open arms and there exists an intense sense of community with all the benefits of feeling bound to one’s neighbour and secure from external threats.

Our base in the Harris Hotel in Tarbert will allow us to explore the Western coasts of the main islands where some of the most pristine and beautiful white sand beaches and dune systems anywhere in the world are a paradise for the landscape photographer. We will, of course, spend time at iconic locations such as Luskentyre, Scarista and Callanish as well as many more lesser known but no less beautiful places that will inspire and challenge, and push your photography to a new level. In common with other truly special places these wild and empty vistas benefit from the always stunning situation where the mountains come down to the sea. Steeped in ancient history, standing stones and ancient monuments rival the best on the planet, the most famous of which, the Callanish Stones are situated in a most fitting location for the ancient work of man.

Weather permitting, we also plan to take the short ferry ride south to the southern islands of Benbecula and the Uists which offer a completely different feel to the rugged North. Here the landscape is covered in a maze of freshwater lochs with a seemingly infinite variety of shapes and aspects.

At the beginning of each day, Clive and Phil will advise you of their planned itinerary. On arrival at each location, they will give you a detailed description of the photographic opportunities on offer. You will have ample time to explore each location and Clive and Phil will be at your side to help you make the most of the beautiful scenery whatever the prevailing conditions. We will travel between locations in two comfortable 9-seater minibuses. A reasonable level of fitness will be needed to access some of the locations.

Please note, this trip is strictly limited to just 10 clients, which will offer both plenty of space and comfort in our vehicles and also will allow Clive and Phil to spend ample time with each individual to focus on developing their landscape photography. At all times we will design our itinerary to make the most of prevailing conditions and available light which may require early starts and late finishes to each day.

  • Harris Hotel

    Staying at the Harris Hotel for 7 nights from 4th - 11th April 

    Single occupancy basis

    Full board

I really enjoyed the Hebrides tour. It's such a beautiful part of the country and the tour took us to all of the best bits. Doug and Terry (who stepped in at the last minute) were excellent leaders with good knowledge of the locations and all the techniques required for a really creative workshop. Doug is a born leader/tutor and did an excellent Lightroom/Photoshop session on the last rainy afternoon rounding of a perfect week. Another superb tour with Light & Land. Phil Johnson - October, 2017

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