Islands of Scotland by Yacht – Photography Expedition
Explore some of the finest landscape locations in Scotland – 5 nights
As photographers, we realise that our outlook may be biased – but we think that whilst in Scotland, spending the best times of the day for photography just waiting for ferries is not ideal. And as sailors, we also know many of the most interesting coastal locations are not accessible by car anyway, which is great for us – it means that there are still plenty of pristine places left to explore by boat, just like our ancestors have been doing for thousands of years. This adventure combines the needs of photographers with the access and freedom gained by sailing – a perfect combination.
On this photography sailing expedition, suitable for people without any previous sailing experience, we will be sailing to the islands of Mull, Rum, Eigg, Canna and Skye over the course of six days, onboard a luxurious 68-ft Oyster yacht. We will be dining on fine Scottish meals prepared by our crew and will enjoy a few sips of whisky in the evenings. There will be photography discussions and talks led by our renowned tutor, the adventure photographer Lars Schneider. And, most importantly, we will be chasing some magnificent light shining over mountains, steep sea cliffs and the awe-inspiring beaches of the Hebrides.
Dates: 13 - 18 August 2016
Group: max 6 + crew
Accommodation: sailing yacht - 5 nights
Berths available: 2
Lars is the son of a sailor, so it is no wonder that he fell in love with Scotland years ago and continues to explore its islands frequently to this day. His work is widely published in magazines such as Outside, Men's Health, GEO Saison, Runner's World and National Geographic Germany. Lars has spent the past eleven years shooting for clients such as Patagonia, Garmin, f-stop gear and Salomon, as well as working on his personal projects in six continents. He is an extremely knowledgeable and patient photography tutor on top of being one of the most awesome human beings we know. You can read more about him on our team page.
On Day One we will meet you at a small marina near Oban (you will be given detailed directions via email) and will welcome you on board our yacht with a tasty lunch. Everyone will have a couple of hours to unpack and change their clothes, ready for the next few hours on the deck. You will be accommodated in a comfortable single berth in a shared two-berth cabin. We aim to sail a short distance on this day, most likely to the Isle of Mull.
Between Day One and Day Six, we will be sailing to the Isles of Eigg, Rum, Canna and Skye. Our itinerary will be flexible and mostly dependent on the weather and on the best times for photographing the places we visit. We will be mooring the boat in small ports as well as anchoring in pristine bays and getting ashore with the use of a dinghy. Each day will have two main photography sessions ashore; these will be in the morning and in the evening. We will have to cover relatively long distances between some locations, sailing five to eight hours per day. In our experience time flies when you are photographing stunning scenery from the deck and are looking for wildlife such as minke whales, dolphins, basking sharks and eagles chasing puffins.
Lars will be giving presentations and leading discussions on photography on some evenings, and we will enjoy delicious local food prepared by our crew and fine whisky proudly distilled in Scotland.
Our adventure will finish on Day Six, after sailing for a couple of hours to reach a snall marina near Oban. If you have the time to continue exploring the area on your own, Oban is just a stone’s throw away from many iconic locations in Scotland.
About the yacht:
The yacht that we will use as a base camp on this expedition is a 68-ft Oyster. Designed by Holman & Pye and built by Oyster Marine, she is a world-class cruising yacht, recognised throughout the sailing world for quality, comfort and performance. With core values of strength, seaworthiness and a multitude of practical features, she provides a secure environment for adventurous cruising.
The guest cabins have upper and lower twin berths. Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom with electric flush toilet, washbasin and shower. There is ample storage for personal gear and good lighting and ventilation throughout.
On deck, the deep centre cockpit is safe and roomy with a generous spray hood offering shelter from the elements and a bimini providing protection from the sun. The cockpit also houses a large table for al fresco dining. As we sail you can follow our progress on the electronic chart plotter conveniently situated by the bridge deck.
To get ashore we will use a rigid inflatable tender with its 25hp outboard.
One-to-one and group photography guidance by Lars Schneider
Fully crewed 68-ft Oyster yacht
Single berth accommodation in a two-berth cabin
All food between lunch on Day One and breakfast on Day Six
Transport to/from the expedition's starting point
Alcoholic drinks (sold at cost price on board)
AVERAGE - When ashore you will need to walk over uneven terrain for a couple of hours at a time whilst carrying your camera bag and a tripod. You will need to be fairly fit to endure some long days spent sailing and waking up early, though most people should have no problem keeping up with the pace of the expedition for six days.
Oban is easily accessible by car, train and coach from Glasgow and Edinburgh. If you arrive by car, there is ample parking on-site at the marina. From the railway station, ferry terminal or airport it is only a short taxi journey to the marina.
We will be delighted to help you with your travel arrangements and to answer any other questions you have about the expedition.