8 Days of Scotland


All aboard for this monumental new photography workshop we have put together with the help photographer Michael Hart!

Alan and I wanted to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience where we could travel overseas and at the same time share our eighty-five plus years of combined professional experience and knowledge of photography. To accomplish this we knew we would need someone with first hand knowledge of the area we wanted to visit. Michael Hart has been going to Scotland for 12 years and has the knowledge we were looking for, plus he is a professional photographer of 41 years from right here in Houston.

8 day tour $5160/person (double occupancy) $5400/person (single occupancy)

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Not included in workshop fee:   Airfare, Meals, Park Entrance Fees, Hotel Transfers. The workshop will provide water and some light snacks.



Itinerary: Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2018


Note: Airport transfers are not included in tour price. Passengers are responsible for coordinating their own airport transfer upon arrival Oct 10th in the afternoon or evening.

Oct 11 (Thurs) Glen Mohr Hotel Inverness

Depart from the Glen Mohr Hotel the morning of the 11th. The evening of October 10th is not part of the workshop so book your hotel anywhere in Inverness so that you can be at the Glen Mohr to leave by 7:30 am promptly. We head to the Isle of Skye, stopping along the shores of Loch Ness to take in a view of Urquhart Castle.

Our base camp will be at Sligachan, centrally located to allow excursions to both the northern part of the island as well as to the west and southwest. We will venture to The Old Man of Storr, a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. The hike up to the formation is a little formidable, but for those not ready to tackle it, viewpoints from along the road are suitable for some great photos.

A little further up the coast is a wonderful vantage point to overlook The Sound of Rasaay and Holm Island, looking back towards the SE part of Skye. A late afternoon drive back across the Skye Bridge to Lochalsh will find us at a vantage point across from Eilean Donan Castle, which we will have glimpsed on our drive in, perhaps the most photographed castle in Scotland, for a sunset shoot. Time and weather permitting, we can stop on our way in Kyleakin, where a vantage point overlooking the harbor gives these views looking east and then west. The thing to remember about Scotland, the weather is so varied, you just never know where you will “see” a photo, so we will be prepared, but open to serendipity. We will visit The Quiraing, part of The Trotternish Ridge, and venture to the tip of Skye at Duntulm Castle ruins, for a panoramic view across to The Hebrides. No visit to Scotland is complete without a Scotch Whisky distillery visit, and we will have a guided tour of Talisker, Skye’s only one, before heading to Elgol for a sunset shoot over the beach.

After our time on Skye is done, we will head back to the mainland and go north, into what is one of the last wilderness areas in Europe. Northwest Scotland, specifically Wester Ross, is a synonym for remote, lonely, beautiful and wild. It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty, situated between Loch Carron to the south, Loch Broom and Ullapool to the north and Achnasheen to the east. Wester Ross is unspoiled and there are areas where visitors are seldom seen. Travel is not quick, as many of the roads are single track, requiring oncoming vehicles to give way to the other. We will spend 3 nights in Achiltibuie, north of Ullapool, where you will have magnificent views over The Summer Isles. No visit to Scotland is complete without a Scotch Whisky distillery visit, and we will have a guided tour of Talisker, Skye’s only one, before heading to Elgol for a sunset shoot over the beach.

Leaving Achiltubuie, we will drive north to Ardvreck Castle on Loch Assynt, and a short walk across the road from the car park takes us to a lovely stream with a small waterfall. Then we head even further north, to the tip of Scotland at Durness, where the view over the beach looks towards the Arctic Circle, and where we can lunch at The Smoo Hotel and order the best fish and chips you have ever had in your life! We will continue on the North Coast 500 route heading further into the Highlands to the village of Tongue on the north coast, in the village of Tongue. Yes, Tongue :-)

Then we head back toward Inverness, with some stops along the way, all dependent upon conditions and everyone’s interests. For instance, The Clootie Well at Munlochy is the Lourdes of Scotland! Locals believe that if you or a loved one is suffering, you need only bring a strip of degradable (cotton) fabric from a well worn piece of the sufferer’s clothing, dip it in the spring, and tie it to the tress nearby. As the fabric disintegrates, so does the suffering! And the magical fabric forest creates a scene you won’t find anywhere else.

We will be deposited back in Inverness, at The Glen Mohr Hotel for our last night together. Situated in the heart of Inverness, along The River Ness, it is an ideal location for an evening walk towards the castle, or to just explore the heart of the city. You are free to return home the next day, or extend your journey on your own— we would be glad to offer suggestions! For Scotch Malt whisky aficionados, we will have a limited number of seats on an additional tour departing for Edinburgh, with distillery tours along the way. It is described in a separate flyer. The weather in Scotland is always changeable, but the old saying goes, “There is no such thing as bad weather in Scotland, only inappropriate clothing!” So be prepared to layer, and have a poncho or other rain garment and/or hat for the occasional shower.

Daily detailed itinerary to be determined as we get closer to August

Arrive in Inverness the evening of Oct 10th please

Itinerary subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors we cannot predict

Inverness to Edinburgh

A Whisky Trail Adventure

4 day Add-On Tour

$2300/person (single or double occupancy)

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If you are one of those people who can't get enough of a really good thing, then please join us for a 4 Day add-on Scotch Malt Whisky Odyssey!   This is an exciting visit to some of Scotland's largest and smallest distilleries with two overnights in the Highlands along the way. We will finish up in Edinburgh, where we’ll explore The Royal Mile, and pop in to The Scotch Malt Whisky experience. We will cap it all off with dinner and drinks at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Member’s Tasting Room and Dining Room on Queen Street.



Not included in workshop fee:   Airfare, Meals, Park Entrance Fees, Hotel Transfers. The workshop will provide water and some light snacks.

Whisky Tour Day by Day Itinerary

October 19th
We depart Inverness at 9 AM. From here we head east to Speyside for a tour of Glenfiddich Distillery, the largest in Scotland. You will find that the correct pronunciation is “glen-FID-ick” as opposed the soft “ch” sound usually heard here. Then that afternoon we enjoy the Six Pillars Tour at MacAllan Distillery, famous for using repurposed Sherry casks in their aging process. We will spend the night at Archiestown Hotel in the heart of Speyside.

Archiestown Hotel

October 20th

Today’s route takes us south through the Cairngorms to Dalwhinnie Distillery. In the afternoon we continue into Perthshire where we have a tour of Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry, the smallest and, some say, the prettiest distillery in Scotland. We spend the evening at Craigroyston House in Pitlochry, a former Bishop’s Residence next door to his former church. Those bishops surely lived large!!

Craigroyston House

October 21 - This morning we have a tour of Blair Atholl Distillery, a 9-minute walk from our accommodations, before continuing south toward Edinburgh. In the afternoon we visit Linlithgow Palace. The ruined castle was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. We then head in to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. There we spend two nights at The Rutland Hotel, at the end of Prince’s Street, just below the imposing Edinburgh Castle.

The Rutland Hotel

October 22 - On the 22nd we will be available to escort you down the Royal Mile, starting at the castle, with a stop at The Scotch Whisky Experience and shopping the Mile afterward, should you desire. This day can involve a lot of walking, so be prepared, although you can do as much or as little as you wish.

We finish our trip that evening with dinner and drinks at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Member’s Rooms on Queen Street by virtue of the fact that Michael is a member. Michael’s spouse assures you that this evening is not to be missed!!!

October 23 - This morning ends our Scotland journey, and you are free to stay on in Edinburgh, head to London, or head home. Waverley train station is a 20-minute walk from the hotel, and Edinburgh Airport a 30-minute cab ride away. Edinburgh also has Uber Service, should you choose to use it.

We hope you will join us on one of our adventures to help you learn how to create beautiful images with improved photography skills and artistic processing knowledge!

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