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Isle of Mull Photographic Workshop

Magical Mull: the secret lives of otters

Lara Jackson Wildlife Otter photography workshop Isle of Mull

NEW 2024 DATES ADDED 

after selling out in 2023, we're delighted to release our 2024 dates!

Isle of Mull: Otter 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, puffins on the surrounding islands, and red deer aplenty means that no two days are ever the same.

This photographic workshop will explore Mull’s wild beauty, creating close encounters (and create memorable photography) with otters, watching white-tailed eagles dive for their catch, observing Atlantic puffins building their nests, and so much more.

As well adventuring along Mull’s shore in search of otters, we’ll also be taking a boat trip to the Treshnish Isles for a seabird extravaganza! During this trip you’ll get up close and personal with the iconic puffin, as well as a plethora of seabirds including guillemots, razorbills, shags, cormorants and more! Lastly, we'll also be heading out with Mull Charters to watch white-tailed eagles hunting for fish in Mull's infamous Loch na Keal.

The maximum group size is 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.

Lara JACKSON wildlife photographer Isle of Mull Dog Otter
Lara Jackson Wildlife Otter photography workshop Isle of Mull Puffin

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 trips). 

Evening sessions on photographic techniques, and post-processing will be offered.

The itinerary

Isle of Mull:
Photographic Workshop

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.

Day 2

Your first full day on Mull! We’ll wake up before sunrise, enjoy a hot beverage, then head out on our first 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, a warm dinner, campfire, and presentations.

Days 3-5

As Day 2 for the majority.

We’ll also be taking a boat trip to the Treshnish Isles to photograph puffins during this time, and a trip with Mull Charters to watch the king of the sky (the white-tailed eagle) up close and personal. For both boat trips, we can’t affix a guaranteed day as it’s weather dependent, so we’ll be flexible with Mother Nature’s intentions!

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 (I’ll probably shed a tear) to Mull and I can guarantee you, you’ll already be planning your return! 

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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.

Introducing...

Your Workshop Leaders 

Lara Jackson Nikon Wildlife Photographer Z Creator Workshop Leader Isle of Mull Photograph

@lara_wildlife

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

@georgetheexplorer

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

Dates:

6th May - 11th May (FULL)

13th May - 18th May (FULL)

20th May - 25th May (FULL)

17th June -22nd June (FULL)

24th June - 29th June (FULL)

PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR AVAILABILITY:
If there is enough interest we will be happy to add additional dates.


*Maximum of 3 participants per group.

 

Costs:

£1,750 per person.
In a shared house -- private bedroom.

What's Included?

5 nights accommodation in a beautiful house, 1-2-1 photographic tuition, intimate group size, editing sessions, all transport while on the Isle of Mull, Treshnish Isles Trip, Mull Charters Trip, 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.

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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.

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We can't wait for you to join us!

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