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Harris and Lewis; the Outer Hebrides

Harris and Lewis; the Outer Hebrides

From GBP 1,960.00



Oct 14 2024 15:00 - Oct 20 2024 10:00
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This workshop will have a maximum of six participants and will be led by Mark Banks.

The Isles of Harris & Lewis are in fact one island, with Lewis to the North with its hard granite-like moonscape terrain amid a myriad of small lochans and dramatic coastline. To the south is Harris, with its exquisite turquoise shoreline and coral beaches of Luskentyre, Seilebost, Ushinish and others.

This workshop will be based in Tarbert in the centre of the Island, which is perfectly placed for easy access to the North and South. Mark has run workshops on Harris & Lewis for many years and knows it intimately. We will explore many beautiful locations around the Island including the Callanish Stones, 1000 years older than Stonhenge!

Mark will be on hand throughout each session offering compositional advice, technical support, tips and tricks to make your visit to the Hebrides a memorable one. For your safety and comfort, Mark will be joined by his wife and business partner, Gillian to drive the 2nd vehicle and provide hot drinks and food at lunchtime.


No mountains will be scaled on this workshop. A moderate level of fitness is required due to some locations being elevated with short inclines. Most locations will be a short walk from the car. However, one of the sessions will find us visiting Scalpaigh Lighthouse which involves a gentle 3km walk from the car park. You may opt out of this session if you wish as we will be returning to the hotel straight after. As with all of Mark’s workshops, all locations have been carefully selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access.  Due to the terrain, this workshop is unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, sorry.

Included in the price of this workshop are:

  • Full board accommodation at the Harris Hotel (including breakfasts, packed lunches and two-course evening meals)
  • Collection from Tarbert ferry terminals
  • All tuition and transport during the week.

Not included are:

  • Drinks (other than those provided as part of the full-board accommodation)
  • Travel to and from Harris and Lewis
  • Your travel insurance and any losses or expenses incurred by you in the course of the workshop.

Equipment and clothing

Please bring:

  • Your usual photographic equipment including tripod, filters, a range of lenses, spare batteries and memory cards
  • Warm waterproof clothing
  • Strong walking shoes or boots
  • Wellington boots
  • Umbrella 
  • Head torch.

Getting to Tarbert

You can travel to Harris by car ferry from Uig on Skye (approx 1h:40m) where the Harris Hotel is only a one minute drive away. Alternatively, you may leave your car in the harbour at Uig and travel as a foot passenger as Mark will be doing all the driving thereafter (the hotel is a short walk away). If you prefer, you can catch a relaxing ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on Lewis (approx 3 h) before driving south to the hotel on Harris exactly one hour away from Stornoway ferry terminal.
If you need further details please contact Mark at

Come with a friend

If you wish to come on the workshop with a friend or partner who will share your room - either to take part in the photography workshop or just to come for a holiday and do their own thing while you are photographing, please contact Mark Reeves at the RPS Landscape Group;  

Tickets and deposits

If you wish to book and prefer to pay only a deposit at this time instead of the full price, go to this separate page. Outstanding balances will be due on 1st August and deposits may be forfeited if the remaining balance is not paid when due. There is an additional charge of £14 if you only pay the deposit. This is to cover the extra ticket transaction costs.

Terms for all Participants in RPS Landscape Group Events:

Carbon offsets

Tickets for this event include a £50 carbon offset charge to cover the likely emissions of the event. These will be paid to a carefully researched and selected offsetting partner.  

Joining Instructions:

Most of our events have the meeting time and place specified on the relevant event page on the RPS website (this is a link to the Landscape Group events calendar). In some cases, however, the event leader may email you shortly before the event with more detailed instructions. Please keep an eye on your incoming emails prior to an event but if you do not receive any specific instructions, then you should meet at the time and place advertised on the website.

Cancellation by You:

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us:

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


You are responsible for your own health and safety and must appraise your own strength, fitness and mobility. The event leader is NOT responsible for your safety, welfare or attendant medical conditions. Strictly the event leader is there to introduce you to a location and/or to teach you particular skills.

Liability for any accident, injury, medical condition, loss or damage to property, inappropriate behavior, dress, equipment and third party liability is accepted by you when signing up for the event. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Royal Photographic Society from all claims of whatsoever nature.


You are advised to consider having insurance to cover: event cancellation by you or by us, accident, medical, personal equipment and public liability.

In particular you should also consider, in the case of high cost events, the likelihood and consequences of you having to cancel or not attend at the last minute because of accident, medical or other unforeseeable circumstances.

Using your data:

Your personal details (name, telephone number and email address) will be provided to the leader of the event or workshop you have booked in order to enable them to:

· send you joining instructions for the event

· contact you at short notice in case of any emergency or last-minute change to the event.

If you do not want your details to be shared with the event leader please cancel your booking immediately. You will not be eligible for a refund as this information was provided on the web page where you made your booking.

Thank you,

RPS Landscape Group Committee


Events organised by the Landscape Group of the Royal Photographic Society.


Harris Hotel, Tarbert, HS3 3DL Isle of Harris


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