Capture the Highlands: Photographer’s Retreat

Unleash your creativity amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

Join us for an immersive, day-long or two-day, one-night under-canvas-hosted event nestled in the breathtaking beauty of Scotland’s Cape Wrath Trail. Get ready to embark on a photographic journey unlike any other, where every frame tells a story of majestic landscapes and stunning vistas.

Location:

Cape Wrath Trail, Scottish Highlands. Be prepared to be enchanted by the raw, untamed beauty of the Scottish Highlands. My carefully selected stopover sites offer unrivalled views of the rugged mountains and a canvas of colours that come alive during sunset and sunrise.

Why the Cape Wrath Trail:

The trail, over 240 miles of the Scottish Highlands is mainly undiscovered. When you stop to admire its breathing beauty and sit on that rock, you are likely the first to do so. With no phone coverage, we are alone and with the landscape.

What’s Included:

  • Guided Journey: Exploring the narrative of the trail alongside an experienced guide who knows the best locations for capturing the essence of Scotland’s highlands through your lens
  • Photography Skills: Sharpen your skills with dedicated experiences led by an Award-Winning, Qualified Full-time Professional Photographer and Educator. Where necessary, we can cover techniques for capturing the narrative of our adventure, including sunset and sunrise shots

Highlights:

  • Golden Hour Magic: Witness the ethereal beauty of the golden hour as the sun paints the sky in vibrant hues against the backdrop of majestic mountains
  • Astrophotography Opportunities: Capture the brilliance of the starry night sky with expert guidance on astrophotography techniques
  • Guided: Venture on guided excursions to hidden gems along the trail, offering unique perspectives for your photography
  • Networking & Community: Connect with fellow passionate photographers, sharing stories and tips

Requirements:

  • Photography Gear: Bring your camera, tripod, filters, and any preferred lenses for landscape and low-light photography
  • Fitness Level: A moderate level of fitness is recommended for hiking and exploring the terrain, we will be hiking around 5-8 miles each day
  • Personal: Bring your tent, clothing, boots, equipment and food/drink to spend the night under the starlit sky in comfort

Locations & Dates:

  • Lochaber region : Multi-Day – Saturday 20th July, from 07:00 until Sunday 21st July around 18:00
  • Lochaber region : Day-Trip – Tuesday 23rd July, from 07:00
  • Lochaber region : Day-Trip – Thursday 25th July, from 07:00
  • Lochaber region : Mult-Trip – Wednesday 21st, from 07:00 to Thursday 22nd of August around 18:00
  • Cape Wrath region : Mult-Trip – Saturday 8th September, from 08:00 until Sunday 9th around 12:00

Limited Slots Available:

Secure your spot for these exclusive events now. Limited slots ensure an intimate and personalised experience for all attendees. Reserve your spot now to embark on an unforgettable journey of photography and exploration!


What’s Included:

  • Insights into the local narratives and history woven into our time together
  • Opportunities to savour the stunning topography
  • Memorable moments and camaraderie with fellow photographers
  • All sprinkled with photography knowledge by an award-winning qualified photographer and educator

Why with Mark?

Mark is an award-winning qualified photographer and educator, with over 30 years of experience as a freelance photographer and holds a Master of Art in Photography, in addition to a BA (Hons) in photography degree; amongst other media qualifications.

On first submission, Mark was awarded by his peers at the Royal Photographic Society, both Associate and Licentiate Distinctions.

Mark is now a PhD candidate in photography, researching topography, the environment and the affect theory.


Book your place, start by choosing your date

  • Adventures  (location: Scottish Highlands, date-times: Sunday, 14th April, from 6:00 am)  —  £99.00
  • Adventures  (location: Scottish Highlands, date-times: Saturday 20th July to Sunday 21st July)  —  £245.00
  • Adventures  (location: Scottish Highlands, date-times: Tuesday 23rd July 2024)  —  £75.00
  • Adventures  (location: Scottish Highlands, date-times: Wednesday 21st to Thursday 22nd of August 2024)  —  £245.00
  • Adventures  (location: Scottish Highlands, date-times: Thursday 25th July 2024)  —  £75.00

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What do past attendees say about Mark and his events?

“My 21-year-old daughter and I recently joined a Photowalk with Mark, at Valley of Rocks. It was a very enjoyable and educational experience. There were just two others, so a total of 5 in our group. Mark provided a comfortable environment for discussing the art and science of photography. He emphasized how personal photography can be and the importance of focusing on what we find compelling. He also provided instruction on the mechanics of a good photo as to structure, camera settings and other details. He was patient, very knowledgeable and clearly loves what he does. Thanks, Mark!”

Lisa, USA

“I was looking for someone to help me understand my canon camera whilst on holiday in Minehead. I am so glad that I booked a one-to-one day out with Mark. I can’t say enough about how professional Mark is & how wonderful our day out together was. Mark instantly put me at ease and nothing was too much trouble for him to explain. Mark does this in a way that you can easily relate to in day to day scenarios. I have since joined Mark‘s Lightroom Monday group and now enjoy learning all about post production of my images.”

Joan, Middlesex

“I joined Mark on one of his 1 to 1 workshops “New to Photography Workshop” back in April 2019, I wanted to rejuvenate my hobby for photography, having been a member of a local camera club where if your face fits you were ok I wanted to understand more about photography and techniques, well 18 mths on having been a regular attendee on his walks and trips I feel I have learned much more from a very motivated, experienced educator and communicator.” 

Malcolm, Somerset

“Many thanks for all the help on your photography workshop in getting me away from auto settings, and understanding depth of field, rule of 3rds ect, it has been a great help in improving my photography skills and making everything even more enjoyable than I ever thought possible, Many thanks, Mark.”

Mike, Taunton, Somerset

“Mark has the knack of simplifying the technical. He is always available to answer questions, even when they have been asked before.”

Katrina, Minehead, Somerset

“After having owned my Nikon DSLR camera for many years and never having taken it off Auto, I decided to join Mark on one of his Full Day Camera courses. He took me through the basics and encouraged me throughout the day, by adding new skills at varying locations. By the time we had finished, I felt confident to continue learning and practising my new skills. A great day for those who need to better understand their camera. Thanks Mark.”

Karen, Porlock, Somerset

“Mark has endless patience, is very encouraging and has a wealth of knowledge, he has been a great support in helping me progress my intermediate photography skills from capturing the shot to editing in Lightroom.”

Joanne, Minehead, Somerset

”We had some lovely days with sun, clouds, rain and wind. Today an Exmoor photographer showed us some beautiful places on Exmoor. Thank you Mark Stothard for taking us the whole day out and giving us a lot of tips ?”

Elma, Facebook, NL

“Mark’s passion for his art of photography, comes through in the warmth and professionalism he shows in all his workshops. He makes you feel welcome, relaxed and nothing is too much trouble! He simplifies instructions so that we can all understand. We all come away feeling greatly inspired and with new knowledge to become better photographers ourselves. His variety of workshops shows his broad knowledge. I particularly enjoyed the trip out onto Exmoor to photograph ponies and Highland cattle, where his enthusiasm is evident. The ambience of the smaller groups, where everyone is friendly and Mark inspires us to help each other, as well as sharing his tips and knowledge with us. I would thoroughly recommend attending any of his workshops.”

Sue, Bridgwater, Somerset

Note:

  • Weather conditions and tide time where applicable, may impact the itinerary, and the event is subject to change for safety reasons.
  • For multi-day adventures in remote environments, your camping equipment will be required
  • Insurance: £10M of public liability. £5M Professional indemnity insurance.
  • All hosts are trained First Aiders.