Workshops

Winter in Glencoe, Glen Etive and Rannoch Moor
30th November - 4 December 2019

Hoarfrost on birches, Loch Ba, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, Scotland workshop, 30th November - 4th December 2019 £950pp (double room for single occupancy) / £850pp (single room)

Glencoe is one of Scotlands most beautiful and dramatic areas, with high rugged mountain peaks flanking the A82 road on both sides as it winds its way toward the highlands. This is one of my favourite areas in Scotland - I know it well, as it is only around 2 hrs drive from home. I regularly make day trips up here during the winter, but a number of consecutive days gives us the opportunity to really explore the area in some depth.

During this 5-day / 4 night workshop we can capture beautiful light at dawn, dusk and throughout the day as the elevation of the sun remains low. The mountains may be snow-capped, and at this time of year there is a fair chance of ice and snow at ground level. We will have ample opportunity to photograph the mountains of the area, including the Buachaille Etive Mor and the three sisters of Glencoe, from a number of different compositional perspectives. We will also explore Rannoch moor (above), a world-class landscape photography location, using the Lochans and islands as foreground interest to the backdrop of the mountains in the distance. Neighbouring Glen Etive with waterfalls and trees clinging to the valley sides and Loch Tulla will also be on our doorstep. Other locations relatively close by include Castle Stalker on loch Linnhe, and Kilchurn Castle overlooking loch Awe. After sunset, or if the weather is poor, we can spend some time processing images to maximise their potential.

Our base for this workshop will be the very comfortable Ballachulish Hotel just north of Glencoe village. We will base meal times around the light to try to ensure we maximize the best photographic opportunities.

This tour is led by Mark McColl. We will meet at the Ballachulish Hotel at lunchtime on 30th November, or alternatively I can pick up participants at Glasgow airport in the morning for the short 1.5 hr drive to Glencoe. We will have dawn to dust photography thereafter (weather permitting) through to a dawn / early morning shoot on our last day prior to leaving the hotel. This will be a small group workshop (maximum 5 participants) and would be suitable for photographers of all photographic abilities. There are a number of images of the Glencoe area on this site that you can look at using the search facility, to give you an idea of what to expect.


Included

• 4 nights accommodation at the Ballachulish Hotel on a double / single room for single occupancy basis
• Breakfasts
• All transportation during the workshop
• Tuition from Mark McColl

Excluded

• Meals / drinks not specified
• Insurance

Duration

• 4 nights


Maximum group size - 5

Minimum group size - 3

Fitness level

• Moderate – it is not anticipated that we will do extensive, physically demanding walking, but we will at times be traversing boggy terrain which requires a moderate fitness level. As with any outdoor activity slips, trips and falls are all a risk.. All participants must have adequate health insurance in place.

Advised to bring…

• Camera body, lenses (wide angle and telephoto)
• Tripod
• Filters / batteries / memory cards / laptop / cleaning equipment
• Warm waterproof clothing (layering advised – base, fleece, outer waterproof layer, waterproof trousers and thermals, gloves, hat)
• Wellingtons (most of the locations are accessible from the road, but note that some areas have rough boggy terrain and a reasonable fitness level is required)
. Yaktrax or microspikes in case of ice at ground level

Deposit Required

£300

Booking – email me at mark.mccoll@btinternet.com to reserve a place