The Secret Lives of Otters.
FULL

Mull: the island of misty mountains, fairytale lochs and of course, otters.

This workshop will dive deep into the world of otters. To have close encounters (and create memorable photography) with otters requires exceptional fieldcraft, knowledge of their behaviour, and an intimate understanding of their surroundings.

We’ll be teaching you all the above - and more - on this very special workshop.

For 5 nights, we’ll stay on the Isle of Mull, which has some of the UK’s finest unspoilt wilderness. No other Isle rivals the density of wildlife, variety of landscapes, and biodiversity. As well as otters, we’ll also be keep an eye on white-tailed eagles, golden eagles, hen harriers, red deer, seals and more… and of course, soaking up the incredible scenery.

Groups sizes are limited to just 3 people. 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.

We’ll rise early in the mornings, keeping a close eye on tide times to maximise our otter chances.

We’ll be providing guidance 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 otters do, having breakfast along the Lochs.

Our accommodation will be a cosy farmhouse, just under 10 minutes from Mull’s wildlife hotspot: Loch na Keal. We’ll be totally self-catered, meaning we’re able to flex around wildlife without having to worry about meal times — all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be provided.

Each evening we’ll gather around the wood-burning fire and I’ll be giving presentations on improving your fieldcraft, otter behaviour, photographic techniques, and post-processing.

Leading the Workshop...

Lara Jackson (me!)

Having completed a masters in wildlife conservation, my work has taken me from lemurs in the dry forests of Madagascar, to rhinos in the African bush and dolphins living off the coast of Zanzibar. Whilst my research trips have predominantly been in Africa, I spent most of my childhood getting ‘down and dirty’ with British wildlife and I'm incredibly passionate about our native species.

I'll be chatting all things Mull; everything from the geography of the land and why otters are found in certain areas, to the story of the otter and certain behaviours to look out for in the field!

I get ridiculously excited when I catch the smallest glimpse of an otter and I cannot wait to share Mull’s Magic with you all.

George Turner

George is an award-winning wildlife photographer hailing from Dorset, where his love with the natural world started. Assignments have taken him from the rainforests of the Congo Basin, to the Arctic tundra of Canada walking with polar bears.

 

His greatest passion is teaching, sharing his energy and enthusiasm with participants. Full immersion comes with every workshop, where George assists guests in grabbing those 'portfolio' shots, growing their appreciation of nature, and coming away more inspired than ever.

See some of his work here!

The Itinerary!

Day 1

You’ll need to be in Craignure by early afternoon on your arrival day. We’ll be waiting for you at the ferry terminal at midday, ready for an otter adventure!

We’ll then begin our search, getting you familiar with Mull’s geography, familiar signs to look out for, plus some introductory fieldcraft. After an afternoon snack, we’ll then head back to our accommodation. You’ll arrive in time to settle in and freshen up before a further afternoon mission. We’ll then return during dusk, freshen up, and enjoy a dinner, a cosy chat around the fire, then an early night ready for our first full day.

Days 2-5

We’ll wake up before sunrise, enjoy a hot beverage, then head out on our morning drive. We’ll stay out until late morning, depending on tides and wildlife activity. We’ll enjoy breakfast along the coastline, warming up after a morning’s fun. Upon heading back to our Farmhouse, you’ll be able to grab a cool drink, some snacks, a nap, bird watch, eat your lunch and basically, relax! We’ll use this time (high tide) to review images, discuss plans for the afternoon, clean gear, and unwind.

 

Then, later in the afternoon (or earlier, depending on conditions) we’ll head back out. Animal activity will always peak either side of high-tide, so prepare yourself for a treat. After sunset, we’ll return to the Farmhouse to freshen up, have a warm dinner, sit by the campfire, and listen to presentations.

Day 6

On our final morning we'll slowly meander towards the ferry terminal in time for your late morning sailing back to Oban. Then it’s a big farewell to Mull. We guarantee that you’ll already be planning your return! 

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.

What's Included!

  • 5 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  • Personal photographic tuition in small group size

  • In-camp workshops and sessions

  • All transport while on the Isle of Mull

What's Not Included!

  • International flights

  • Ferry tickets from the mainland

  • Travel insurance

  • Alcohol and snacks

Save The Date!

September 2021


4th-9th September (FULL),
9th-14th September (FULL),
14th-19th September (FULL),
19th-24th September (FULL)

Group Size: Maximum of 3 participants per group

Accommodation: Beautiful farmhouse tucked in a scenic Glen

Room Occupancy: Shared or single available  

Price: £1,300 per person

Apply: Form at bottom of page!

We are Covid-19 Secure

Booking

We live in uncertain times, particularly with regards to travel. When booking workshops, your feeling should be of excitement and anticipation, not worry and anxiety of the unknown.

With all our workshops, your money and place is protected. As these are turbulent times, we want to be completely clear and transparent on the process, putting your mind at ease.

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. At this point, your payment is now non-refundable but still fully protected.

Should COVID-19 laws mean travel is not possible, we’ll simply postpone and move to a future date, at no extra charge. We’ll decide on that future date as a collective group.

Hygiene

Your safety and welfare is always of highest concern, now more than ever. We're working with trusted accommodation suppliers who deep clean before and after each group, provide plenty of sanitiser, and have “fallow weeks” before our arrival. Meaning, no other guests would’ve stayed the accommodation before us.

That said, we’re travelling as a group, and a mix of couples/solo travellers. The impetus will be on yourself, as a traveller, to report any COVID-19 symptoms before departure. Should you test positive, your trip will be postponed to future date.

Your trip will always be protected, no matter what.

I'm in! What's Next?

Please enter your details below, then we’ll be in touch with information packs, booking forms and answers to your questions.

After that? Well, the adventure begins!

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