PHOTO TOUR to SCOTLAND and WALES
April 29 - May 9, 2015
Thousands of years of human history in Scotland and Wales have marked the land with a vast array of stunning photographic subjects. This is a very exciting photo tour, indeed. Megalithic tombs from 3500 B.C., castles from the Dark Ages, skeletal remains of medieval abbeys, baroque-style cathedrals, and narrow gauge railroads are just some of the highlights of this photo tour. There are also quaint seaside villages, rugged coastlines, and dramatic landscapes that offer unparalleled vistas that make you feel like you’re on top of the world. We will travel in a van through the backroads of Scotland and Wales, and you will feel immersed in these very unique and ancient cultures.
Photographic skills to be practiced on this tour: HDR, landscape photography, interior photography, architecture, exposure, and capturing mixed lighting. Limited to 7 people.
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Day 1, Wed. April 29. Depart the U.S. or Canada on April 28 to arrive in Edinburgh on April 29 and transfer to the hotel. Our group will meet in the lobby at 2pm and go to two spectacular cathedrals: 17th century St. Giles Cathedral and 19th century St. Mary’s Cathedral. Both offer stunning interior photography, and this is a great time to work with HDR imagery. After an early dinner, we will photograph sunset and twilight from Calton Hill which offers a grand view of Edinburgh Castle with the old city in the foreground. Overnight [Edinburgh]
Day 2, Thur. April 30. After breakfast we drive north about an hour and a half to St. Andrews and visit the breathtakingly beautiful ruins of the St. Andrews Cathedral. Construction began in 1158 and continued for over a century. It fell into disuse in the 16th century during the Scottish Reformation when Catholic mass was outlawed. The ancient architecture rises majestically out of a field of green grass, and from every angle it is photogenic.
Our next stop is the beautiful ruins of the 12th century Arbroath Abbey with its distinctive sandstone color and historical cemetery. After lunch, we head north again to Dunnattar Caste situated high on a bluff above the sea. It’s a stunning location, and it can be photographed from many angles. In late afternoon light it’s especially beautiful. Overnight [Stonehaven, Scotland]
Day 3, Fri. May 1. After breakfast, we drive northwest and stop to photograph 17th century, seven story Craigievar Castle in Alford. As we drive further toward the coast, we enter whiskey country. This is the area of Scotland that is the home of Scotch whiskey, and appropriately we take a tour of the Glenfiddich Distillery to find out how whiskey is made. After lunch, we head toward Elgin to photograph one of the great cathedral ruins in Scotland – 13th century Elgin Cathedral. It looks beautiful in low angled afternoon light. After the cathedral grounds close, we drive a short distance to photograph some very cute and colorful beach huts. Overnight [Elgin]
Day 4, Sat. May 2. We head west today toward the dramatically beautiful and rugged country of northwest Scotland. We stop in Inverness to photograph the beautiful castle and have lunch. In the afternoon we reach Eilean Donan castle in a stunning setting. Late afternoon and sunset lighting on it is beautiful. We drive on to our hotel in the Isle of Skye and get ready for incredible landscape photography. Overnight Isle of Skye
Day 5, 6, Sun, Mon. May 3, 4. For two days, we explore some of Europe’s most beautiful and unique landscapes. The Old Man of the Storr is a formation that is impressive from any angle, and there are so many great compositions in this area that you won’t want to leave. This is a great place to practice HDR, composition, and exposure. Overnight Isle of Skye.
Day 7, Tuesday, May 5. We head south this morning through beautiful mountains and lakes to Fort William, where we will have lunch at the stately Inverlochy Castle. We then continue south to Glasgow and photograph the immense Glasgow Cathedral and the incredible gothic architecture of the Thomas Coates Memorial Church. Twilight photography is on the agenda after dinner. Overnight Glasgow
Day 8, Wed. May 6. We continue south toward Wales this morning, stopping enroute at the ruins of Caerlaverock Castle which is surrounded by a moat. Closeby is the lovely, photogenic town of Penrith where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in Conwy, Wales and tour the inside of the 13th century castle. The twilight and night photography on the medieval architecture is stunning. Overnight Conwy.
Day 9, Thur. May 7. We explore Wales today, and our first stop is a lovely ivy-covered cottage and beautiful stone bridge in Llanrwst. Our next stop is Tywyn, a small village on the Atlantic Coast. From here, we take a narrow gauge steam train to Dolgoch Falls. The train itself is great to photograph, and the raging water of the falls is surrounded by lush greenery. We return to our van and head toward Newport where we photograph the ancient stones of Pentre Ifan. This is a burial site dating back to 3500 B.C. Overnight in nearby Gloucester.
Day 10, Fri. May 8. This morning we leave the city and visit ivy-covered Raglan Castle, a magnificent late medieval castle. In the late morning, we return to Gloucester and photograph the Gloucester Cathedral along with its incredible cloister, a stunning work in architecture and a location for the Harry Potter movie. The afternoon will be at least to explore the old town, do some last minute shopping, or relax before a night photography session of the city. Overnight Gloucester.
Day 11, Sat. May 9. We drive to Bristol today to the international airportl for our return flight home, knowing that we took some of the best travel pictures ever.
Tour cost: $4950. Includes 10 nights lodging, welcome dinner, farewell dinner, all ground transportation, entrance fees in castles and othert monuments, train ride, photo instruction and critiques.
Single supplement: $875.
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