Leica Photo Adventure: Scotland - Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye | October 1 - 9, 2023

$7,695 ($1,995 Deposit)

Workshop at a Glance

  Physical Activity
  Photographic Intensity
  Classroom Instruction
  Climate/Weather Severity
  Food and Accommodations
  Cultural Immersion
  Good for Non-photographers

  • Join Leica Store Miami for an incredible photography adventure to the Scotland's Outer Hebrides and the famous Isle of Skye. This magical part of the world is home to some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes including amazing beaches, soaring mountains, misty glens, picturesque villages, historic castles and more. We'll spend our days searching for the best light while visiting locations like Edinburgh Castle, the Callanish Standing Stones, the Mangersta Sea stacks, Lusketyre Beach, the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and more! 

    Leica experts Peter Dooling and Jose Rovira from Leica Store Miami, along with two Scottish photographer/guides, will be with you every step of the way to give assistance and advice.

    While other cameras are certainly allowed on this trip, the focus is on Leica camera systems and learning how to use them to their full potential. Current owners as well as those wanting to try Leica gear out for a week of real shooting are encouraged to attend. We’ll share our favorite tips and tricks so you can get the most out of this exceptional gear.

    Why this trip is different

    This is not a workshop where you spend most of your daylight shooting hours sitting in a classroom. Why travel to one of the most beautiful and picturesque locations in the world just to be stuck indoors? Instead, we will focus on making the most of each and every day to capture as many great photo opportunities as we can. Of course our Leica specialists and guides are always available to provide assistance in the field, photo review and post processing instruction so just let us know!

    What to Expect

    On this photography trip, we will make our way from Edinburgh to the Isle of Lewis and Harris and the Isle of Skye. We will be covering a fair amount of ground each day with many stops along the way to get out, explore and shoot. 

    Because the weather in northern Scotland can be very unpredictable, our itinerary may change from day to day. The clouds and rain can roll in on a clear day and provide very dramatic light and amazing photographic opportunities. Temperatures usually range from the high 50’s to the mid 40's in early October, but can go as low as the high 30’s. 

  • Dates:

    Sunday, October 1 - Monday, October 9, 2023


    $7,695 - Double occupancy lodging w/ private bathroom (Single room available for $800)


    Limited to 8 attendees

    Included in the cost of the trip:

    • Double occupancy lodging with private bathroom (Single room available for $800)
    • All meals
    • Whisky distillery tour
    • Ground transportation in two motor coaches
    • In-the-field photography instruction
    • Image review/critique and Adobe Lightroom post processing assistance
    • Gratuities for guides
    • Use of loaner Leica camera equipment (*limited availability)

    Not included in the cost of the trip:

    • Air travel to and from Edinburgh
    • Alcoholic drinks and snacks
    • Medical/Travel/Gear insurance
    • Airport transportation

    Signing Up

    To sign up for this photo adventure, please pay your $1995 deposit, and the $800 single room supplement should you choose it, here on our websiteThe balance will be due on August 1, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact us via email (workshops@leicastoremiami.com) or phone (305-921-4433). We look forward to seeing you in Scotland!

  • Itinerary

    Sunday, October 1st: Meet in Edinburgh

    Meet in Edinburgh at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel at 4:00pm. We'll have talk about the workshop, get to know each other and head our for a photo walk around the old town, taking in the sights of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile and the one of the greatest city views in the world - Calton Hill at dusk. After our walk, we'll head back to the hotel for a welcome dinner.

    Monday, October 2nd - Fly to Stornoway

    Today will start with a leisurely breakfast ahead of our transfer to Edinburgh Airport and the short flight to the Outer Hebrides. Please note that this will be a small plane with strict carry on baggage allowances, so please pack light or organize your bags so that you are able to put at least some of your less fragile camera equipment into your checked baggage.

    Upon arrival at the small municipal airport of Stornoway, we will be met by our local guides and taken the short distance to check in to  the Cabarfeidh Hotel, where we'll spend the next two nights. Once you're settled in, we will head out to photograph the island, ending in either a sunset shoot on the rugged western coast or shooting some of the abandoned houses which are scattered about the islands.

    Tuesday, October 3rd - Explore Isle of Lewis

    It’s up early for our first dawn session. This one will be at Garry Beach, which is an idyllic golden sandy bay with rugged seas stacks standing like huge chess pieces. At high tide we’ll be able to get long exposures of the waves lapping around the base of the stacks, but at low tide we can walk all the way around them and find different angles to work with. It’s then back to the hotel for breakfast and a morning rest before heading out for the rest of the day, starting with a visit to a historic village of traditional thatched cottages nestled in a remote cove on the rugged northern shore.

    We’ll then shoot a 2000 year old broch (communal house) which is beautifully situation among rolling hills and lochs, before heading to our evening location at Mangersta Sea Stacks - one of the most impressive coastal views in the UK. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with both short and long exposures as the waves pound against the rocks below your elevated vantage point.

    Wednesday, October 4th: Callanish Standing Stones & Isle of Harris

    Another early start as we head to one of the world’s most complete and photogenic standing stone circles. This one is a mere 5000 years old and we’ll be in position to hopefully capture it in silhouette with a colorful sky behind it, and then as the first light hits the stones and brings them to life. Then it’s back to the hotel for breakfast and a morning rest. We then change location to a new base in the Isle of Harris which will allow us to explore the southern end of the islands more easily.

    Once we check-in at the Hotel Hebrides, where we'll spend the next two nights, we'll head out to photograph until sunset exploring the western shores of the Isle of Harris, which has endless photo opportunities.

    Thursday, October 5th: Island of Scalpay and Lusketyre Beach

    After a couple of early starts, we’ll aim to have a leisurely breakfast before heading out to a picturesque lighthouse on the island of Scalpay. Wild seas and dramatic light are what we’ll be hoping for, but this place also works against blue skies and there are few places better than this one to sit on the hillside with a packed lunch in the sunshine. After lunch, we’ll head to one of the most photographed beaches in the world - Lusketyre, where we’ll have the final few hours of the day to explore the dunes and capture the changing light as the sun dips towards the western horizon.

    Friday, October 6th: Isle of Harris to Isle of Skye

    Today we head to the Isle of Skye via a two hour ferry. We won’t know the timing of this ferry until closer to the trip, so it is not possible to plan the day just yet. However, if the ferry is in the morning, then we will leave after breakfast and have an afternoon session on Skye. If the ferry is in the afternoon, then we will make use of our final morning on Harris by exploring more photogenic beaches or touring the local whisky and gin distillery. When we arrive on Skye, we will check-in to the Skeabost House Hotel, where we'll stay for the next two nights.

    Saturday, October 7th: Isle of Skye

    This will be our earliest start of the whole trip, so save some energy for today. We’ll hike up to Skye’s most iconic landmark - the Old Man of Storr to be in position for when the first light breaks over the horizon. This is a one-hour uphill hike, but anyone not comfortable with this will be offered an alternative location and will get an extra hour in bed! Those who venture up to Storr will need to forgo the hotel breakfast as we won’t be able to return in time, but we’ll ensure everyone is well fed before heading out to the south of the island for our afternoon and evening sessions. Expect to be shooting sunken boat wrecks, castle ruins, a lighthouse, mountains and dramatic seascapes.

    Sunday, October 8th: The Quiraing & Back to Edinburgh

    This will be our final dawn shoot, this time at one of the most photogenic landscapes you are ever likely to see. The Quiraing draws photographers from all over the world, and if you get good light here, it could be the best photo you will take all trip. This location is suitable for all fitness levels as we are able to drive within a few minutes’ walk to the best viewpoints. It’s then back to the hotel for breakfast and a rest before checking out and starting our journey back to Edinburgh. This is a six hour drive, but we will stop at a couple of popular photo spots to stretch the legs and exercise those trigger fingers.

    Once we're settled back in at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh, we’ll end with a farewell dinner where we can recount the events of the previous week’s adventures.

    Monday, October 9th: Departure

    On day nine we will wake in Edinburgh and say our goodbyes. After breakfast, you can take a short taxi from our hotel to Edinburgh Airport or perhaps stay a few more days to explore Scotland.

  • Payment

    A $1995 deposit, and the $800 single room supplement should you choose it, is due at the time of registration. The balance will be due on August 1, 2023.

    Withdrawal and Refund Policy

    Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

    If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

    At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
    Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
    Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
    Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

    Course Cancellation and Other Terms

    Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
    In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.
    In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.

    Medical Insurance (required)

    Emergency medical insurance through a provider like Allianz or similar is required to participate in any of Leica Store Miami's international workshop.

    Travel Insurance (STRONGLY recommended)

    Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend purchasing travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

    Camera Gear Insurance (STRONGLY recommended)

    We advise all of our workshop attendees to insure their camera gear against damage, theft, loss, etc. If your gear is not already insured, check with your home owner's insurance to see if they offer coverage. There are several photo specific insurance policies out there as well.

    Single Room Policy
    If you sign-up for double occupancy room sharing and there are no other attendees to pair you with, you will be responsible for paying the single room supplement.


    If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit or workshop fee, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

    There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

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