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Isle of Mull Photographic Workshop

Autumn on Mull: otters & Eagles

Lara Jackson Wildlife Otter photography workshop Isle of Mull

27th Sept - 1st Oct

1st Oct - 5th Oct

after selling out in Spring 2024, we're delighted to release some autumn dates!

Isle of Mull: Otter & Eagle Photography Workshop 

The Isle of Mull is the UKs undisputed wildlife hotspot. White-tailed eagles soaring high above the lochs, otters frolicking along the shorelines, and red deer aplenty means that no two days are ever the same.

This photographic workshop will explore Mull’s wild beauty, capturing close encounters with otters, watching white-tailed eagles dive for their catch, hearing the red deer calling during the rutting season, and so much more.

As well adventuring along Mull’s shore in search of otters, we’ll also be taking a boat trip with Mull Charters to watch white-tailed eagles diving for fish in Mull's infamous Loch na Keal.

The maximum group size is 2 people (3 if booking as a group). By keeping group sizes small, we’ll ensure wildlife isn’t disturbed — nature always comes first. It also makes the experience far more exclusive, avoiding the mini bus-style tours.

Lara JACKSON wildlife photographer Isle of Mull Dog Otter

working around the tides!

We’ll rise early in the mornings, keeping a close eye on tide times to maximise our chances for capturing those sought after images.

Guidance will be provided in the field, both on your fieldcraft, approaching wildlife and then of course, photographic tuition to get ‘those’ portfolio shots. Weather and tide depending, we’ll stay out as long as the wildlife does, having lunch along the Lochs.

Your accommodation is a cosy cottage in the North of Mull, just 40 minutes from Mull’s wildlife hotspot: Loch na Keal, and 20 minutes from Ulva Ferry Port (for our boat trip). 

Depending on what time our day finishes, evening sessions on photographic techniques, and post-processing will be offered.

The itinerary

Isle of Mull:
Photographic Workshop

Day 1

Welcome to Mull! If arriving via public transport, we’ll greet you in Craignure and take you on a scenic drive back to your accommodation. If bringing your own car, feel free to follow us back. Along the way, you’ll learn about Mull’s geography, what otter signs to look out for, and some introductory fieldcraft. Once we arrive at your accommodation, you’ll have time to settle in, freshen up and have dinner. George and Lara will pop round for a quick chat before we grab an early night in preparation for our first full day.

Days 2-4

Your first full day on Mull! We’ll wake up early and have breakfast before heading out for our first morning drive. We'll spend the entire day in the field searching the stunning loch shores for otters, eagles, seals, deer, and other wildlife. Expect the unexpected. We'll break for a hot drink and our packed lunches before continuing our wildlife search in the afternoon.  On one of the days, we’ll join Mull Charters to observe and capture photos of white-tailed eagles up close and personal. Please note that this trip is weather dependent and may be subject to change. We’ll always book it near the start of your trip, so if it's necessary to rearrange, we'll have more days available to squeeze it in!

Day 5

We say a big farewell as you board the ferry on your way back to the mainland, and we can guarantee that you’ll already be planning your return!


tailored photography tuition

Photographic Workshop

This trip is designed for photographers of all abilities, whether you’re just starting out or are an avid wildlife photographer. We'll be on hand to help at all times, and you’ll receive the education and learning experience suited for your level. Whether that’s getting to grip with manual on your DSLR, or practising more advanced photography techniques, we'll mould the photography portion of the trip to your needs. The same applies to the post-production and/or editing sessions as we will also host one-to-ones tailored to your level, regardless of your experience. In terms of equipment, you will need a DSLR and half-decent long lens — 300 mm and above is perfect. Alongside that, some wider-angle lenses such as the 70-200 mm and 24-70 mm. If you don’t already own the kit, not to worry; there are plenty of reputable lens shops that rent out photography equipment for just such occasion and we're happy to recommend a local outfitter in your country of residence.


Your Workshop Leaders 

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Lara Jackson (me!)

I'm a conservation biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer whose research has taken me around the world. Although I specialise in black rhino feeding ecology, I have also been fortunate enough to study mouse lemurs in Madagascar and dolphins off the coast of Zanzibar. I am extremely passionate about preserving our world and am determined to ensure that there is a future for all species. I strongly believe that raising awareness, education and working closely with local communities is the key to successful conservation efforts.

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George Turner


George Benjamin

George is a UK-based wildlife photographer and photographic guide, spending most of his time in East Africa and beyond. His work has taken him from the rainforests of the Congo Basin, through to the northern climes of Canada photographing polar bears on foot. Following a brief stint as a creative in advertising, he has won a number of wildlife photography awards, as well as being widely published both nationally and internationally.

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The nitty gritty

Important Info


23rd September - 27th September (FULL)

27th September - 1st October (2 spaces available)

1st October - 5th October (1 space available)

If there is enough interest we will be happy to add additional dates.

*Maximum of 2 participants per group / 3 if booked as one group.



£1,400 per person.
In a shared house -- private bedroom.

What's Included?

4 nights accommodation in a beautiful house, 1-2-1 photographic tuition, intimate group size, editing sessions,
all transport while on the Isle of Mull,
White-tailed Eagle Boat Trip with Mull Charters,
hot drinks throughout the day.

What's Not Included?

Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner), international flights, ferry tickets from the mainland,
travel insurance,alcohol and snacks.

Other notes

There are frequent trains to Oban from Glasgow and Edinburgh international airports, removing the need for car hire. Oban’s ferry terminal is within walking distance of the train station, making your life much easier. If you’d like to extend your Scotland trip, you could pick up a car in Oban upon your return. We're happy to give advice and guidance on this.


Our promise to you

We are Covid Secure

To secure your place, a deposit of 50% is required. Up until 60 days before travel, should you decide to cancel, this is fully refundable. Beyond that, the remaining 50% would then be payable and is non-refundable.

If you display cold or flu symptoms in the lead up to your trip, please take a lateral flow test. If you do test positive for Covid-19, you must let us know and this will unfortunately result in the postponement of your workshop with us. This is to protect other workshop participants and those living on the island, many of which are elderly.

To reduce risk, we will both (Lara & George) be taking lateral flow tests between each group, to ensure your safety and the safety of those living on Mull.

The accommodation will be deep cleaned and sanitised between each group.

Yay! You're convinced!

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We can't wait for you to join us!

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