Isle of Harris Workshop

Eriskay Pony, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris


Dates: to be confirmed (please contact me to note interest)
Duration: 4 nights / 5 days
Start/Finish: Inverness
Grade: Easy/Moderate (suitable for beginners and intermediate photographers; most locations are within short walking distance; average level of fitness required)
Price: £1,300


  • Develop your photography skills in the beautiful landscapes of the Isle of Harris.
  • Experience stunning beaches overlooking the Atlantic.
  • Enjoy dramatic views of the Harris mountains.
  • Scan the skies for Golden Eagles.
  • Learn from tutorials, one-to-one tuition in the field, and critique sessions.

Luskentyre, Isle of Harris


Spend five days developing your photography skills in the relaxed company of Karen Thorburn and enjoy exploring one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands.

I’m fortunate to have visited around sixty Scottish islands. Harris, with its stunningly beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains, intimate bays and moonscape interior, is my absolute favourite, to the extent that my husband and I held our wedding ceremony on the beach at Luskentyre on the island’s west coast! I have spent a lot of time exploring Harris since my first visit here in 2002, establishing the best locations for landscape photography, and I look forward to sharing this knowledge with you.

This five day workshop begins and ends in the Highland capital of Inverness. From there, we’ll drive to Ullapool to catch the ferry to Stornoway, and we’ll return via the same route.

Learn from tutorials and critique sessions with individual feedback which will be delivered in a positive way with the intention of inspiring you, as opposed to denting your confidence!

Ceapabhal, Isle of Harris


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

Day 1: Meet in Inverness and travel to Harris

I will meet you under the main display board at Inverness railway station at 08:00 on Monday morning. We’ll drive to Ullapool and catch the 10:30 ferry to Stornoway, where we will arrive at 13:00. We’ll then drive south to Harris and check in and get settled at our accommodation. We’ll have dinner then head out to our first location, Luskentyre, to photograph the sunset.

Day 2: The South Harris Beaches

We’ll start the day with a tutorial before heading out and putting the theory into practice. We’ll spend the day photographing the stunning beaches on the west coast of South Harris, from the sweeping sands of Luskentyre and Seilebost in the north to Scarista in the south. Expect huge expanses of clean white sand, waves rolling in from the Atlantic and turquoise shores. The colours are always beautiful and the opportunities for photography are endless, regardless of the weather. Depending on the light and everyone’s energy levels, we may venture out after dinner in search of the sunset.

Day 3: Hushinish and the North Harris Eagle Observatory

We’ll travel west along the winding single track road to Hushinish on North Harris. There is a good chance of spotting St Kilda on the horizon on a clear day. From the hamlet at the end of the road, we’ll follow a cliff top path to Loch Cravadale and a remote beach overlooking the island of Scarp. On the return journey, if time permits, we’ll park at the foot of Glen Mhiabhaig and follow the track north through the glen to the North Harris Eagle Observatory. The Harris mountains are home to 20 pairs of golden eagle; one of the highest densities in Scotland. These magnificent birds are usually seen at a distance. We’ll relax over dinner then go over some more theory in the evening.

Day 4: The Golden Road and Rubh’ an Teampaill

No visit to Harris would be complete without exploring the Golden Road on the east coast of South Harris. This single track road twists and turns over a lunar landscape and connects numerous hamlets overlooking intimate bays. We’ll pause at Rodel to look for otters and to visit the fifteenth century St Clement’s Church, before moving on to Northton for a leisurely coastal walk to a ruined medieval chapel. Depending on the light and everyone’s energy levels, we may venture out after dinner to catch the sunset.

Day 5: Travel to Inverness

We will have a final critique session before checking out of our accommodation and travelling north to Stornoway to catch the 14:00 ferry which will arrive in Ullapool at 16:30. We’ll aim to be back at Inverness railway station by 18:30.

Scarista, Isle of Harris


The price is £1,300 per person and includes the following:

  • Four nights private accommodation on the Isle of Harris.
  • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals.
  • All transport during the workshop, including ferries, starting and finishing in Inverness.
  • Tutorials, one-to-one tuition and critique sessions.

The price does NOT include the following:

  • Travel to and from the workshop start/finish point.
  • Any additional meals or snacks.
  • Alcohol and soft drinks.
  • Gratuities.
  • Insurance.
  • Equipment.
  • Any other items not referred to in the itinerary.

To make a booking, please consult the Workshop FAQs, complete a Workshop Booking Form and provide a 25% deposit (£325).

Karen Thorburn
Tel: +44 (0)7761985752
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