Leica Photo Adventure: Scotland - Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye | October 1 - 9, 2023
$7,695 ($1,995 Deposit)
Workshop at a Glance
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.
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
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 website. The balance will be due on August 1, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (305-921-4433). We look forward to seeing you in Scotland!
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.
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.
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.
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.