Black Isle Workshop

Castle Craig, Black Isle


Dates: please contact me to arrange a suitable date
Duration: 1 day
Start/Finish: We will agree a suitable meeting point on the Black Isle or close by
Grade: Easy/Moderate (suitable for beginners and intermediate photographers; all locations are within short walking distance; average level of fitness required)
Price: £200 for an individual | £250 for 2 to 4 people

“I am so please that I booked this photography workshop with Karen at the start of our North Coast 500 tour. I have been dabbling with my camera off of Auto for while but had not fully got to grips with the manual settings. Karen quickly assessed my current level of ability and knowledge and built on this starting point. I was quickly able to make the connections between terminology I had heard and its practical application. There were many lightbulb moments during the day as I developed my understanding. Working one to one meant that progress was swift and I came away from the day with many new skills to practice over the coming weeks.”
– Linda Anderson (Black Isle Workshop, 12th October 2019)

“Spent a delightful day in Karen’s company as she introduced me to some hidden gems on the Black Isle. Throughout the day, she took me through numerous aspects of landscape photography, pitching her input to the level of my (limited) expertise but building on her teaching as the day progressed. I attended the workshop on my own, but Karen is very easy to get along with and the day passed quickly and very comfortably. It’s also clear that she can ‘up her game’ with those who are much more experienced than me. She has followed this up with her own e-book summarising much of the advice she gave together with links to useful podcasts. All in all, this was a very worthwhile and enjoyable day. I would thoroughly recommend it”
– Geoff Hulks (Black Isle Workshop, 5th March 2019)


  • Develop your photography skills in the beautiful landscapes of the Black Isle, a peninsula to the north of Inverness surrounded by water on three sides.
  • Get off the beaten track and discover peaceful woodlands and waterfalls.
  • Step back in time at sites of historical interest such as Castle Craig.
  • Learn from one-to-one tuition in the field and a critique session.
Winter Sunset, Udale Bay, Black Isle


Spend a day developing your landscape photography skills in the relaxed company of Karen Thorburn and enjoy exploring the picturesque Black Isle.

The Black Isle is a relatively undiscovered gem just a stone’s throw from the Highland capital of Inverness across the Kessock Bridge, and a short detour from the North Coast 500. Whether you live in the area or are here on holiday, I will take you to some beautiful locations on this scenic peninsula, most of them away from the tourist hot-spots. I’ve lived here since 2013 and have spent the last six years exploring this corner of the Highlands, discovering the coastline, sites of historical interest and peaceful woodlands and waterfalls set in amongst the seasonal changes of the agricultural landscape. It’s difficult to do justice to the Black Isle in a single day and  you might find yourself wanting to return!

Learn from one-to-one tuition in the field and a critique session which will be delivered in a positive way with the intention of inspiring you as opposed to denting your confidence!

Stormy Skies, St Martin's, Black Isle


Here is a sample itinerary. Expect this to change in order to take advantage of weather and tidal conditions as well as the best locations for photography.

09:30 – Meet and greet.

10:00 – We’ll arrive at our first location, Castle Craig, the ruins of a sixteenth century tower house overlooking the Cromarty Firth. We’ll run through some theory before setting up our cameras and tripods for the first time.

10:30 – We’ll move on to Newhall Point near Balblair and continue with some photography at the old boatyard.

11:30 – We’ll head west and explore a peaceful woodland at Findon and practice capturing more detailed images within the landscape.

12:30 – We’ll take a short detour to Munlochy or Dingwall and break for lunch.

14:00 – We’ll explore the enchanting Fairy Glen at Rosemarkie, which will give us the opportunity to stretch our legs and photograph two impressive waterfalls.

17:00 – I’ll drop you off you after a successful day of landscape photography. Hopefully you’ll feel that your skills will have improved and you’ll be inspired to put everything into practice as you continue on your photography journey.

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The price includes the following:

  • A light lunch served with a hot drink.
  • All transport during the workshop and pick-up and drop-off in the Black Isle area.
  • One-to-one tuition and critique session.

The price does NOT include the following:

  • Any additional meals or snacks.
  • Alcohol.
  • Gratuities.
  • Insurance.
  • Equipment.
  • Any other items not referred to in the itinerary.

To make a booking, please consult the Workshop FAQs and contact me to discuss my availability before completing a Workshop Booking Form and arranging payment.

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