Winter in Glencoe Small Group Workshop
25th-29th January 2021

First light, Kilchurn castle, Loch Awe, Scotland
Black rock cottage, Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe in Winter small group workshop
25th-29th January
£1150 per person

Hoarfrost on birches, Loch Ba, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Scotland
Note - You will receive a full refund on any workshops that are cancelled, for example, as a result of government advice on Coronavirus

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Mark McColl Photography

Glencoe is one of Scotlands most beautiful and dramatic areas, with high rugged mountain peaks flanking the A82 road on both sides as it winds its way toward the highlands. This is one of my favourite areas in Scotland - I know it well, as it is only around 2 hrs drive from home. I regularly make day trips up here during the winter, but a number of consecutive days gives us the opportunity to really explore the area in some depth.

During this workshop we can hopefully capture beautiful light at dawn, dusk and throughout the day as the elevation of the sun remains low. The mountains may be snow-capped, and at this time of year there is a fair chance of ice and snow at ground level. We will have ample opportunity to photograph the mountains of the area, including the Buachaille Etive Mor and the three sisters of Glencoe, from a number of different compositional perspectives. We will also explore Rannoch moor, a world-class landscape photography location, using the Lochans and islands as foreground interest to the backdrop of the mountains in the distance. Neighbouring Glen Etive with waterfalls and trees clinging to the valley sides and Loch Tulla will also be on our doorstep. Other locations relatively close by include Castle Stalker on loch Linnhe, and Kilchurn Castle overlooking loch Awe. After sunset, or if the weather is poor, we can spend some time processing images to maximise their potential.

Our base for this workshop will be the newly renovated Kingshouse Hotel, just at the entrance to Glencoe. This hotel has been very significantly upgraded (have a look at the hotel website) and is without doubt in one of the most awe inspiring locations anywhere on the planet. Views from the hotel include the Buachaille Etive Mor, and most of the locations mentioned above are a short drive away. There is even a good chance of hand feeding wild deer in the hotel car park!

We will base meal times around the light to try to ensure we maximize the best photographic opportunities.

This tour is led by Mark McColl. We will meet at the Kingshouse Hotel at lunchtime on 25th January, or alternatively I can pick up participants at Glasgow airport in the morning for the short 1.5 hr drive to Glencoe. Hopefully we can shoot on the afternoon of 25th, and thereafter we will have dawn to dust photography (weather permitting) prior to leaving the hotel on the morning of 29th January This will be a small group workshop (maximum 5 participants) and would be suitable for photographers of all photographic abilities. There are a number of images of the Glencoe area on this site that you can look at using the search facility, to give you an idea of what to expect.


• 4 nights accommodation in a double / twin room for single occupancy basis staying at The Kingshouse Hotel
• Breakfasts
• All transportation during the workshop
• Tuition from Mark McColl


• Meals / drinks not specified
• Insurance


• 4 nights

Minimum group size - 3
Maximum group size - 5 (plus workshop leader)

Fitness level

• Moderate – it is not anticipated that we will do extensive, physically demanding walking, but we will at times be traversing boggy or frozen terrain which requires a moderate fitness level. As with any outdoor activity slips, trips and falls are all a risk.. All participants must have adequate health insurance in place (see booking terms and conditions).

Advised to bring…

• Camera body, lenses (wide angle and telephoto)
• Tripod
• Filters / batteries / memory cards / laptop / cleaning equipment
• Warm waterproof clothing (layering advised – base, fleece, outer waterproof layer, waterproof trousers and thermals, gloves, hat)
• Wellingtons (most of the locations are accessible from the road, but note that some areas have rough boggy terrain and a reasonable fitness level is required)
. Yaktrax or microspikes in case of ice at ground level

Deposit Required


To reserve a place email me at

Mark McColl Photography