The Isle of Arran - Scotland in miniature
26-28 April 2019
Isle of Arran workshop, 26-28 April 2019 - £999 pp
Arran, the 7th largest Scottish island, sits off the West Coast of Scotland in the firth of Clyde and has rightly been described as “Scotland in miniature”. The North of the island closely resembles the Scottish highlands, with mountains and glens making it popular with walkers. The highest mountain is Goatfell, with a peak of 874 metres. The South of the lsland is more characteristic of the Scottish lowlands, and has some beautiful coastline as well as wonderful views to nearby Pladda island and the Ailsa Craig. The major route around Arran is a circular ring road that is mainly coastal, as well as the “string” road that cuts across the island. The island has been inhabited for at least 4000 years, as evidenced by the standing stones at Machrie moor on the west coast of the island.
During this 3 day / 2 night workshop we will explore all that Arran has to offer. We will walk and photograph Glens Rosa and Glen Sannox, observing the play of light on the landscape, as well as shooting the majestic mountains using rivers, streams and trees as foreground interest. We will also photograph the standing stones at Machrie moor in soft light, as well as the fantastic views across to lighthouse on Pladda island, Holy island, and the Ailsa Craig. Arran also has some unique geology, with the unusual erratic boulders at pirates cove near Corrie being particularly photogenic at dawn.
The walking on this workshop will be relatively flat and easy – we will not be climbing mountains – but there will be a certain amount required to explore the Glens. Relatively leisurely walks of a couple of hours total can be expected and a reasonable level of fitness will therefore be required. This workshop is aimed at photographers of all abilities, from beginner through to those more experienced. As well as enjoying the beautiful island scenery, Mark will teach camera technique and use of filters, composition, and how to use light to enhance your landscape photography. There will be plenty of time for tea / coffee breaks, and if weather is inclement we can spend some time on laptops processing and reviewing images.
Travel to and from Arran is via a short (approx.1 hour) ferry journey from Ardrossan in Ayrshire to Brodick on Arran. Ferries are operated by Calmac and are fairly frequent throughout the day. There is a regular train service from Glasgow to Ardrossan harbour where the ferry departs. The workshop will commence early afternoon on the Friday at Brodick and end late afternoon / early evening on the Sunday.
Accommodation will be for two nights at the beautiful Douglas Hotel in Brodick, the main town on Arran, and perfectly situated for us to explore the island.
This workshop is through Light and Land and booking is via their website at
Light and Land