Harris & Lewis, Scotland, Photography Workshop, March 2019

£1,395.00

2nd – 8th Mar 2019

5 available



I have an extensive bucket list of locations worldwide that I would love to visit with my camera and right at the top of the list for locations in the UK is the Isle of Harris and Lewis and having spent quite a bit of time there, I completely understand why. The peace and quiet and remoteness of the island is captivating and after spending a week there, you will feel as though life has slowed down by a couple of paces. Standing there beside the ocean, listening to the waves slowly cover the golden sandy beach you’re standing on while admiring the view all around you with your camera on a tripod is genuinely one of the most pleasurable experiences I can enjoy as a landscape photographer. This is why people want to come and experience Harris and Lewis for themselves.

For this seven day workshop, we will be based at the beautiful Harris Hotel in Tarbet which is located only twenty minutes away from the glorious sandy beaches of Harris. Further north we have the majestic huge sea stacks of Lewis not to mention the 5,000 year old standing stone circle of Callenish. I spent New Year’s Eve here among the stones in 2017 and it was a magical experience indeed to see in another year in such a mysetrious and atmospheric place.

HARRIS vs LEWIS

The terrain is quite different on both parts of the island. The Isle of Lewis is located to the north of Harris and occupies the majority of the island and I find the more dramatic views are on Lewis. The sea stacks of Mangersta and Tolsta (Garry Beach) are quite simply magnificent and reminiscent of those found on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. The iconic and mystical Callenish standing stones also greet you on Lewis and on a stormy day can be very atmospheric. Harris on the other hand I find to be more about peace and tranquillity with the beautiful world famous Luskentyre Beach stretching out on the west coast with its stunning sand dunes and aqua coloured water. The salt marshes of Northton in the south of Harris provide the landscape photographer with ample opportunities to capture them at their best while the 368 metre Ceapabhal fell in the distance provides a wonderful backdrop.

Collectively Lewis and Harris will provide you with memories that can be beautifully captured on camera and if you have ever promised yourself that you would go and visit them one day, perhaps now is the time to make good on your promise. I can personally guarantee you that you will love it as much as I do.

To see my full portfolio of Harris & Lewis images CLICK HERE


OUTLINE ITINERARY
Each day we will have breakfast in the hotel before heading out until sunset 6pm. We will visit the following locations;

Harris
Luskentyre
Seilebost
Scarista
Borve
The Small Beach
Hushinish
Scalpay
Northton Salt Marshes

Lewis
Callanish Standing Stones
Mangersta Sea Stacks
Mangersta Beach
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
Garry Beach
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
Dun Carloway Broch


THE WORKSHOP STARTS AT 5pm Saturday 2nd March 2019 at the ferry terminal at Uig, Isle of Skye
THE WORKSHOP FINISHES AT 9am Friday 8th March 2019 at the ferry terminal at Uig, Isle of Skye

For those who are not travelling up with me from Preston, Lancashire, our meeting place is the ferry terminal at Uig, Skye at 5pm. For those travelling up with me from Preston, I shall collect you at 7.30am Saturday 2nd March from the IBIS Hotel in Preston.
For those who are driving to the ferry terminal you will either have to leave your vehicle in Uig or take it over to Harris on the ferry (the £61.80 return ferry cost is not included in the workshop price). The workshop price includes all workshop attendees as a foot passenger only.

TRANSPORT TO UIG, ISLE OF SKYE AND RETURN TO PRESTON (if required)
I offer return travel from Preston to the ferry terminal at Uig, Skye and back for £75.00 if anyone would prefer not to drive. I will be leaving Preston at 7.30am on Saturday 2nd March and arriving in Uig between 4.30pm-5pm. We will be stopping off for lunch and toilet stops en-route.

If you would like to be collected 7.30am on the Saturday and wish to stay over in Preston the night before (where I live), I recommend you stay at the IBIS Hotel at J32, M6, north end of Preston. This is a modern, reasonably priced hotel on the edge of the M6 motorway making it easier for me to collect people and gain quick and easy access onto the M6 motorway heading north to Scotland.  

TRANSPORT DURING THE WORKSHOP
Our mode of transport for this workshop is my modern nine-seater long wheelbase Ford Tourneo minibus. This ensures that there is plenty of space for us all including luggage, clothing and camera equipment. There are power charging points for camera batteries and mobile phones onboard via a dedicated specially fitted leisure battery and inverter power supply.

ACCOMMODATION
Our accommodation during the workshop is the Harris Hotel in Tarbert, Harris. You will have a double en-suite room with no single occupancy charges. The hotel is only a 20 minute drive from the beaches of Harris ensuring a swift return back to base at the end of the day. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar and is located 500yrds from the ferry terminal.


TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

Isle of Harris and Lewis Workshop March 2018- Scott DeMello (USA)
In the middle of March 2018 I attended Melvin Nicholson’s Isle of Harris and Lewis Workshop. I was searching the internet and found Melvin’s website and his workshop in the Outer Hebrides and the idea of spending a week in Scotland photographing the Outer Hebrides was very appealing and Mel did not disappoint.

Harris and Lewis Workshop March 2018 – Linda Short (UK)
We had such a laugh though out the whole trip great crowd of people always there to help excellent workshop would recommend anyone this was my third workshop and will definitely be going on more thank you Melvin

Isle of Lewis and Harris workshop November 2017 – Colin Wafer (UK)
Recently joined this workshop with Melvin and his other guests. Excellent workshop with Melvin delivering clear and original advice but giving you space to think and do your own thing. For a photography workshop this ticks all the boxes and Melvin creates a lovely atmosphere so anyone travelling alone is always made to feel welcome.

Mangersta Sea Stacks, Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Mangersta Sea Stacks, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Luskentyre Beach, Harris, Outer Hebrides
Luskentyre Beach, Harris, Outer Hebrides
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Abandoned Croft, Scalpay, Harris, Outer Hebrides
Abandoned Croft, Scalpay, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Sunrise, Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Sunrise, Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
The Small Beach, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Traigh Bheag, (The Small Beach), Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Salt Marshes, Northton, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Salt Marshes, Northton, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Pre-Dawn, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Pre-Dawn, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Mangersta Sea Stacks, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Mangersta Sea Stacks, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Sunrise, Callanish Standing Stones, Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Sunrise, Callanish Standing Stones, Lewis, Outer Hebrides