Photography holidays in Scotland - Questions and Answers
How do I get there?
Fly or take the train to Inverness. We will arrange transport from Inverness to meet the Saturday early afternoon flight from Gatwick. If you are catching the earlier flight from Luton, we can arrange to meet you in Inverness City if you want to explore a little. If you are travelling by train, we can meet you at the station or in the city. We will only be arranging one transfer each Saturday.If you contact us before you book your travel, we'll ensure that the transfer is as easy as possible.
Another option is to fly into Stornoway and then take the ferry. If you travel this way, then you may be able to incorporate a landing on Barra beach before the flight continues to Stornoway- which is a unique experience.
What if I prefer to drive myself
This would not be a cost-effective holiday for you. We can recommend some options for you if you get in touch - based on knowledge gained from our own visits to the area (holiday cottages, B&Bs and which car hire companies to avoid).
What is included in the price?
Your accommodation, transport to and from our base, breakfast, packed lunches for days when there are no opportunities to buy lunch, teas and coffees,transport on days when we have arranged visits (4 days plus transfer days). Evening meals are not included, but should you not want to eat out every evening, you will be able to use the kitchen. Lunches are not included unless we are travelling to locations where lunch options are limited or non-existent.
Will you guarantee an en-suite room?
We will let you know if there are no en-suite rooms left when you make an enquiry. There is only one guest room that is not en-suite.
Can you cater for food allergies
Yes. We buy provisions according to guests' preferences and needs. If you have specific requirements, just let us know when you enquire about availability. We need to plan in case very specific requirements can't be met by the local supermarket.
What level of fitness is required?
The house is around 10 minutes' walk from the town. There is a driveway that is sloped. If you are not sure if you can manage that, let us know as we are thinking of arranging a holiday based in local B&Bs. For day trips, there is as little or as much walking as you wish.
How close are you to locations that are good for photography?
The reason that we have selected this location is that there are loch views from the house. If you look to the left in the morning, you can see the sun rise. If you look to your right in the evening, you will see the sun set (and if we are really lucky, you may see the Northern lights too). You really can get some great photos from your bedroom window.
What photography equipment do I need to bring?
You can bring as little or as much as you wish. A DSLR provides more flexibility in the types of photos you can take, but you will get good photos whatever camera you use. It helps to have a camera where you have manual controls. The ideal set of equipment would be a travel tripod that will fit in your hand-luggage (I recommend a gorrillapod), a telephoto lens for wildlife, a wide-angled for landscapes, and something in-between. It is useful to have a graduated filter (shouild we have bright sunshine), and a remote for long duration shots. But all of this is optional. You'll still get good photos with a camera phone! We have a Manfroto tripod with spare quick-release connections that is available to share.
How much experience of photography do I need?
You don't need any experience. If you are new to photography then we can offer help or tuition. Between us we use Canon, and Nikon DSLRs as well as a range of more compact cameras. Ian has completed the RPS courses on Photshop and Lightoom. I avoid any processing as much as possible (other than RAW conversion) and like to use in-camera techniques. I shoot in 'manual', while Ian uses 'manual' or 'programme' mode. If you are an experienced photographer then this is a chance to share tips and ideas. If you are brand new to DSLRs, then we can use the summer room to run through some basic techniques at whatever pace suits you.
What if the weather is bad?
We have experienced all weathers in Scotland. In one week we had sun, hail, snow, blizzards and storms. That produced quite a range of images!
There are some subjects that are more suited to different weather conditions and we will adjust our visits to suit conditions. We will trust the judgement of our local professional driver when it comes to safety and suitable locations in bad weather.
Can I make a group booking?
Yes, if your group is up to 6 people. If it is a larger group, contact me and I'll see if we can arrange a tailored holiday.
Is this holiday suitable for single travellers?
Yes. When you enquire we'll let you know if other bookings are from groups or individuals. You can even register an interest and confirm your booking later.
What do I need to pack?
There is a washing machine - so pack light and use your luggage allowance for your camera and equipment. You will need a waterproof jacket, walking shoes or trainers that are OK for stony, uneven paths, walking trousers, and layers. You should bring your own toiletries, but we will have some basic supplies (including midge repellent - just in case).
What about travelling with friends or partners who are not photographers?
Our visits are interesting even if you are not interested in photography. There will be stops along the way to take photos, but you can just take in the view. We provide background information as we travel around and identify film and TV shooting locations. There is of course also the local music....