Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: Scotland – Harris & Lewis the Outer Hebrides with Martin Sammtleben and Geraldine Westrupp

Sunset at Scarista Beach

Scotland – Harris & Lewis the Outer Hebrides with Martin Sammtleben and Geraldine Westrupp

Highlights include…

  • Huishnish and Traigh Mheilein
  • Luskentyre and Traigh Rosamol
  • Mangersta Sea Stacks
  • Callanish Stones
  • Northton Salt flats
  • The Golden Road
  • The bays of East Harris
  • Neolithic Sites
  • The Butt of Lewis

Introduction

The Outer Hebrides of Scotland epitomise the ephemeral beauty and remoteness of island life. Perhaps the most dramatic and varied of all the Hebrides is Harris & Lewis, a tiny island formed from the oldest rocks on earth, a breathtaking landscape of old parred down mountains, wild lunar moors, vast Caribbean-hued beaches which are shaped by the tireless spirit of the Atlantic. This is where local crofters weave the legendary Harris Tweed, reflecting the strength, durability, and integrity of life there.

We have chosen a time of year that offers low sun with the possibility of stormy weather, snow, hail and fast moving light! This is a place where nature can be raw, uncompromising and truly exhilarating. This endlessly changing light quickly transforms the landscape with luminous colour ranging from turquoise to deep cobalt. The gentle pastel colours that are typical wash the landscape in a painterly and soulful manner. The pace of this workshop will enable you to find a quiet place to catch your breath, slow down and relax into a more creative space where you maybe inspired to find your own photographic style and voice.

Classic and inspiring vistas are seemingly at every turn as are the smaller, more intimate details to be found within the landscape. We will explore how to create abstract interpretations of the landscapes that we will be immersed in. For at least some of the time we will be encouraging participants to reach out of your comfort zone by trying some new and different techniques. We will aspire to balance our time in the field with post processing work including preparing images for the web/printing and reviewing/discussing our images in evening group sessions.

Photographic Tutors

This trip will be lead by Martin Sammtleben and Geraldine Westrupp, experienced photographers and owners of WPH.

Locations

Each day we will head out to different locations according the the light and prevailing weather conditions and with the exception of Mangersta and the Callanish Stones on Lewis all locations are very close to our centrally based hotel in Tarbert and they will include the following…

Luskentyre and Traigh Rosamol

Luskentyre Beach is seemingly endless and is situated on the spectacular west coast of South Harris. The beach has been voted Britain’s best beach and also rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Luskentyre is famous for its beautiful white sandy beach which runs for miles and the gorgeous green-blue waters lapping or crashing up onto its shores.

Huishnish and Traigh Mheilein

Huisinish lies at the end of a 12 mile long single track road with stunning scenery along the way including Amhuinnsuidhe castle. The settlement of Huisinis is only four houses overlooking a white sandy beach with views to the Atlantic. From Huishnish we walk to Traigh Mheilein one of the most gorgeous and secluded beaches on the island. To the east of the beach is Loch Cravadale with its mountainous backdrop and home to both golden and white tail-eagles.

Seilebost Beach

A little difficult to access although worth it for the timeless views across the Sound of Taransay towards Ben Luskentyre and the North Harris hills. Seilebost Beach is actually in the Luskentyre Bay.

Traigh Scarasta

One of the ‘big’ beaches of Harris has much to offer. Most of the beach is fully exposed to the Atlantic making it an excellent place to photograph waves as the swell rolls in. The backdrop is the hills of North Harris and an excellent place for the sunset light.

The Northton Saltings

Here we find some of the most interestingly formed saltings in the Hebrides. The low grass area is frequently flooding and provides and interesting and absorbing exercise in creating a satisfying composition from the small islands and the distinctive backdrop of Ceapabhal.

Mangersta

On the west rocky coastline of Lewis we find an impressive group of sea stacks rising from a secluded bay close to Mangersta. The stacks are backed by sea cliffs and the seas can be gigantic making for some very exciting photography.

Callanish Stones

Located close to the west coast of Lewis, the 5000 year old Callanish Stones are world famous and pre-date Stonehenge by around 500 years. This is a very satisfying stone circle for photographers especially in early February when there tends to be few visitors to this famous location.

Joining Arrangements and Transfers

The trip officially starts on Day 1 with a pick up from Stornaway airport for a specified flight with Loganair Glasgow 12 Feb 7:50 am arrive Stornaway 8:50 am. The drop off from Stornaway will be on 19 Feb for the Loganair flight depart Stornaway 9:20 am arrive Glasgow 10:15 am.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation 6 hotel nights
  • Single rooms with private bathrooms
  • All meals
  • Transport & transfers for specified flights/ferries
  • Photographic tuition

What’s not included

  • Flights and ferries
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Snacks and beverages other than with meals
  • Travel insurance

Accommodation

Hotel in Tarbert. The price is based on single rooms. Double or twin rooms are available for friends and couples who wish to share.

Food

We will eat dinner in the hotel restaurant. Lunch will generally be packed and breakfasts will always be at our hotel. Please let us know when you book if you have any special dietary requirements.