Faroe Islands 21st - 26th April 2018
TRIP AT A GLANCE
Date Wed 21st Mar - Sun 25th Mar 2018
Location Faroe Islands
Leader James Kelly
- Seven nights accommodation in a Scandinavian style wilderness lodge.
- Each client will have private accommodation with shared facilities.
- Private boat charter for the duration of the week.
- Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are included throughout.
- Personal tuition, critique sessions and tutorials.
- All transport during the trip, starting and finishing in Mallaig.
The Faroe Islands are a Danish archipelago of eighteen islands nestled between the Norwegian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and lies half way between Norway and Iceland.
This workshop is aimed at you experiencing and photographing some of the most stunning scenery these islands have to offer with steep sided mountains that rise out of the sea to almost 1000 meters, deep fjords that stretch for miles, huge cascading waterfalls, small rugged beaches with hundreds of tidal pools and the tallest cliffs in Europe, and small Faroese fishing villages with grass covered roofs that are found all over these islands. Every day out, and each location we go to is a new adventure and we will even make the drive into the heart of the mountains to the summit of Sornfelli that stands almost 2500 feet above the fjords below.
The islands we visit during this workshop are sure to be inspirational and you will be in the safe hands of professional landscape photographer Paul Gallagher who has explored these areas extensively with his own camera. During this workshop we will explore the islands of Vagar, Streymoy, Eysturoy, Bordoy and the island farthest north, Vidoy, all of which offer unique experiences and breath taking views round every corner or through each of the tunnels which interconnect these islands.
You will be spending as much time as possible out with your camera and Paul will be on hand to offer you extensive 1 to 1 tuition that will include technical aspects of landscape photography as well making the best compositions of this amazing place. During our time on the Faroe Islands Paul will dedicate time to reviewing your images and also helping you get the most from your camera files with post-processing tuition so that you can return home with exhibition quality images ready to print. We believe the Faroe Islands are a real landscape photographer's paradise!
Spaces on our Faroes Islands trip will be limited to a maximum of six which enables Paul to spend time with you to understand your photography and what you would like to learn. We are firm believer that we are there for you and spend our entire time on the workshop with you making great photographs.
For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or call us on 07999 120617
Below is a typical itinerary, which inevitably will change to take advantage of the optimum weather conditions on the day. The decision about the following days location is usually made the evening before when the most up-to-date weather forecasts have been studied.
Day 1 – Pickup from Mallaig – Doune
We meet in Mallaig which is easily reached by car or train via the spectacular West Highland Railway Line. Mallaig has plenty of long term parking which is free and where vehicles can be left for the duration of the workshop. A short 20 minute boat journey will take us to Doune on the tip of the Knoydart peninsula. After an informal introduction to the group and to the facilities at Doune we meet for dinner.
Day 2 – Muck
After breakfast we meet on the Mary Doune and head south-west to the island of Muck. Our anchorage is a secluded bay where white coral sands and backed by rocky terraces on which a large colony of common seals reside. The bird life is prolific with oystercatchers, ringed plover, dunlin and common gulls defending their territories from unwelcome visitors. We head up to a higher headland which overlooks Rum, Skye and Eigg and if tidal conditions permit over to Horse Island. A walk back over the single road takes us to the tea shop where refreshments are taken before our journey back.
Day 3 – Loch Hourn
As we enter the mouth of Loch Hourn which is essentially a fjiord, the view north is dominated by BeinnSgritheall– one of the steepest mountains in Scotland and we head up past LadharBheinn and Barrisdale Bay to one of the most beautifully wooded parts of the glen. To the north, the lower slopes of DruimFada are
covered with sessile oak, birch and rowan, whilst on the southern slopes stands of ancient Scots pine punctuate the landscape.
Day 4 – Eigg – The Bay of Laig
Heading out in a south-westerly direction again today, we travel down the east side of Eigg and ultimately to the harbour. Here we will transfer into a mini-bus and take a 20 minute transfer to the Bay of Laig on the eastern side of the island. Facing east, the Rum Cuillin rise vertically from sea level to almost 1000m and for a fantastic backdrop for our images on Eigg. Two distinct areas provide endless photographic opportunities: the white sands and the sandstone foreshore where pods of concretions can be discovered.
Day 5 – Skye – Loch Eishort – Boreraig
Rounding the Point of Sleat – the most southerly point on Skye we head over to Loch Eishort where the full Cuillin Ridge rises before us. Our destination today is to Boreraig, an isolated spot on the shores of Loch Eishort where the remains of a pre-crofting township stand. It was from here in 1853 that Lord MacDonald forcibly evicted 120 men, women and children.
Rum’s rugged coastline is a landscape of contrasts. From towering sandstone cliffs to secluded sandy beaches, its underlying geology has created some fantastic photographic locations. In one of these secluded bays, the sea has channelled a cave through a headland and in anotherlies a boulderfield with brightly coloured lichens.
Day 7 – Canna and Sanday
We head out along the east side of Rum to the north cliffs of Canna. These are home to many of the breeding seabirds, which include, puffin, razorbills, shags, kittiwakes and occasionally, sea-eagles. Later, we will visit the island of Sanday, which, lies to the south of Canna.
Day 8 – Return to Mallaig
Following a relaxed breakfast, we board the Mary Doune and return to Mallaig. For those travelling by rail, we arrive atMallaig in time to catch the morning train back to Glasgow.
Colin will meet you on the platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 5.50 p.m. on Saturday. The time coincides with the arrival of the train from Glasgow.
Our boat will be moored in the harbour less than five minutes away. On the final Saturday, we will return you to Mallaig at 9.30 a.m. in time to connect with rail services south.
The trip price is £1595 per person. Group size is limited to 8 client rooms and this ensures that Colin can give a one-to-one tuition and a critique session.
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Transport to and from the workshop start/end points
Travel insurance and personal equipment
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Alcohol and soft drinks, laundry
Any other items not mentioned as included