The Magic of Mull and the Secret Lives of Otters.
April / May 2022 - New dates released!
After selling out in 2021, we’re delighted to return to the Isle of Mull again in 2022!
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 puffins. During this trip you’ll get up close and personal with one of Scotland’s — and indeed, the natural world’s — most iconic sea birds.
The 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.
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 breakfast along the Lochs.
Our accommodation will be a cosy farmhouse, just 20 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 we’ll be giving presentations on improving your fieldcraft, wildlife behaviours, photographic techniques, and post-processing.
Leading the Workshop...
Lara Jackson (me!)
Conservation biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer, my work has taken me around the world. From black rhinos in the African bush to 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 otter's comeback to the breeding behaviours of puffins.
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 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!
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.
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.
As Day 2 for the majority.
We’ll also be taking a boat trip to the Treshnish Isles to photograph puffins during this time. We can’t affix a guaranteed day as it’s weather dependent, so we’ll be flexible with Mother Nature’s intentions!
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!
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.
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
Treshnish Isles Trip
What's Not Included!
Ferry tickets from the mainland
Alcohol and snacks
Save The Date!
April / May 2022
30th April - 5th May (2 spaces remaining).
5th May - 10th May (1 space remaining).
Group Size: Maximum of 3 participants per group
Accommodation: Beautiful farmhouse tucked in a scenic Glen
Room Occupancy: Shared or single available
Price: £1,500 per person
Apply: Form at bottom of page!
We are Covid-19 Secure
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.
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.
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