Isle of Mull Photographic Workshop

Magical Mull: the secret lives of otters

Lara Jackson Wildlife Otter photography workshop Isle of Mull

SOLD OUT: May 2022

after selling out in 2021, we're delighted to release our 2022 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 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.

Lara JACKSON wildlife photographer Isle of Mull Dog Otter
George Turner Puffin Photography Treshnish Isles Scotland

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 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.

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.

Lara Jackson Wildlife Otter photography Isle of Mull
Lara Jackson Wildlife Otter photography Isle of Mull

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. We can’t affix a guaranteed day as it’s weather dependent, so we’ll be flexible with Mother Nature’s intentions!

George Turner Wildlife Photographer Scottish Landscape Photography
George Turner Puffin Photography Treshnish Isles Scotland

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! 

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

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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:
5th May - 10th May (FULL)
10th-15th May (FULL
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PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR AVAILABILITY NEXT YEAR


*Maximum of 3 participants per group.

 

Costs:

£1,500 per person.
Shared or single occupancy available.

What's Included?

5 nights full board accommodation in a beautiful house (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?

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.

Otter photography Isle of Mull

Our promise to you

We are Covid Secure

When booking workshops, you shouldn't have to worry or fret about Covid-related restrictions. With all our workshops, your money and place is protected. 

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.

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