Landscape Photography & Image Manipulation in Scotland

Alltshellach

Code: LLEIM

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace
From £819.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Join us for landscape photography with a difference. With your expert leader embark on mornings capturing the stunning scenery and afternoons learning how to get the most out of your photographs using image manipulation software. You'll need a digital SLR camera, a laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS3 or Elements 10 (or later versions) installed and, ideally, a tripod.

Holiday Highlights:

  • Visit inspirational vistas 
  • Learn how to get the most out of your photographs using image manipulation software
  • Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage
  • Gain knowledge to continue your photography at home

Great Reasons to Join Us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all transport to photographic sites and tuition
  • Expert leader: all our leaders are experts in their field and will ensure that you get the most out of your holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment

 

Accommodation


HF Holidays' Alltshellach in Glen Coe, Scotland

Alltshellach is a fine highland residence, situated on the dramatic shores of Loch Leven. With magnificent mountain views, excellent accommodation and a superp indoor pool, it's extremely popular with all outdoor enthusiasts.

Alltshellach has 37 bedrooms, all located in the main building. Many of the rooms enjoy excellent views of the loch and the surrounding mountains. 

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Three lounges 
• Multi-purpose ballroom 
• Highland bar
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms 
• Range of board games and books
• Heated indoor swimming pool
• Extensive gardens with views and access to Loch Leven

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Glen Coe evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

 

Itinerary

Saturday: Arrival day

You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Tea and coffee are available throughout the afternoon the lounge. We invite everyone to dinner at 7.30pm. This is the first occasion when everyone meets together. After dinner we’ll introduce your leader and tell you more about your holiday

Sunday: Around Alltshellach and North Ballachulish 

Today we'll walk the areas around North Ballachulish which gives us a range of landscape subjects to help develop and practice our photographic skills. We'll spend the afternoon looking at the tremendous possibilities of image manipulation to turn a good image into a great one. We'll then have an introduction to the software. By dinner time you will be uploading and editing the first images you shot in the morning. 

Monday: Glen Coe, Buachaille Etive Mor and Black Rock cottage

We start the day with another photo-editing session. Skills to be tackled this morning include Cropping, Straightening horizons and Perspectives, Adjusting Brightness, Contrast and Colours and introducing the concept of “Layers”.

After lunch we leave to explore Glen Coe. We'll travel up the valley, pausing at several viewpoints, to Blackrock Cottage for one of Scotland’s iconic vistas. Before dinner we will have a review/tutorial session where we can share knowledge and plan for the following days.

Tuesday: All around Moidart

Today starts with the short ferry ride to Moidart. We then follow the A861 to Strontian with photos stops along the way and reaching Glenuig Bay in time for lunch. The afternoon sees us arriving at the Glenfinnan monument, a breathtaking landscape with the head of Loch Shiel in front and the Harry Potter railway viaduct behind. The circuit of Moidart is completed by travelling along the south shore of Loch Eil with fantastic views of Ben Nevis. 

Wednesday: Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or relax in the Country House

Thursday: Glen Etive and Rannoch Moor

The morning starts with trying some more sophisticated photo-editing capabilities like Adjustment Layers and Masking. After lunch we drive to Glen Etive and on down to the head of Loch Etive with many opportunities to photograph waterfalls and mountains. We may be lucky enough to catch some white water kayakers along the way. Weather permitting, the later start will help us capture beautiful sunsets as we return to Alltshellach.

Friday: Castle and Lochs

Today we travel to Connel Bridge, stopping along the way to view Castle Stalker set against the Mountains of Morvern and Port Appin (for a short walk to a natural arch at Appin Rocks), returning to Alltshellach via Loch Creran.

We spend the afternoon editing the images we have taken over the last few days, practising the skills we have learned.

Saturday: depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

What to bring

  • Your camera and other essential accessories
  • Memory card
  • Battery and charger
  • Your camera’s instruction manual
  • Waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
  • Bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
  • Notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
  • Laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images. The Laptop should have either Adobe Photoshop CS3 (or later versions) or Adobe Elements 11 (or later versions) already installed.
  • A tripod, whilst not essential, will enable a far greater range of photographic techniques to be tried.

Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these)

  • Spare memory cards
  • A spare camera battery
  • A spare camera (you never know)
  • A small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
  • Filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising
  • Memory stick or CD for storing images
  • Camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer

Local area

Discover the Highlands

Alltshellach is situated beside the shores of Loch Leven. This is a spectacular location with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

About 2 miles away, across the loch is the village of Ballachulish. Here you’ll find a post office, food store and bank. A much wider range of facilities can be found in Fort William, about 14 miles to the north.

As the adventure capital of Britain, the Lochaber region is a popular destination for all outdoor enthusiasts. During your stay in Glen Coe you may enjoy visiting the following activities and places of interest:

 

Steam train crossing the Glenfinnan viaductJacobite Steam Train   
Ride the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. This stunningly scenic line includes the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films. Steam trains run every day and early booking is reccomended. www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite

 

 

Calmac ferry passing lighthouse at entranceto Oban harbourIsle of Mull
Reached by car ferry from Oban, or Lochaline, Mull is one of the most popular Scottish islands. You could visit the colourful harbour at Tobermory or the abbey on Iona. www.calmac.co.uk/mull

 

Isle of Lismore                
The peaceful island of Lismore is ideal for a relaxed exploration. You can hire bikes at Port Appin, about 30 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, then take the short ferry crossing to the island.

Oban    
The bustling harbour town of Oban, about 45 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, is a popular destination. There's always plenty of activity around the harbour and its well worth the walk up to McCaig's Tower, a remarkable folly built in the style of a Roman ampitheatre, with commanding views over the town.

Eilean Donan castle and its surrounding lochEilean Donan Castle
Nearly 80 miles drive north from Alltshellach is this romantic and much photographed Scottish lochside castle.  Located on a small island just offshore, the castle is isolated by the sea at high tide, only accessible via a stone bridge. www.eileandonancastle.com

3 people ice climbing with ice axesIce Factor         
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk

Travel

Travel to Glen Coe

Our address is: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest station is Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Pendolino train at speed 

 Travel by plane

By air:

Many guests opt to fly to Glasgow Airport, then join our transfer coach to Glen Coe. See www.easyjet.com, www.ba.com, or www.flybe.com

 easyJet flight

Bus

Glasgow to Glen Coe transfer

We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The transfer is £25 return and £15 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558. 

On arrival days our coach leaves Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station at 4.15pm, or Glasgow airport at 4.45pm. We will arrive at Alltshellach at 7pm which is in time for dinner on your first evening.

On departure day the transfer will get you back to Glasgow Airport by 11.30am and to Buchanan Street bus station by 12.00 noon.

** Buchanan Street bus station is about 15 mins walk from Glasgow central station (frequent buses are available) or 5 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street station.

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

Bus

By bus:

If you are not travelling on a Saturday, the journey from either Glasgow Buchanan Street or the airport can be made using the Scottish Citylink bus, numbers 914 or 915. See www.citylink.co.uk for the timetable. Ask the driver to stop at the north side of Ballachulish Bridge - from here it is a 400 metre walk to Alltshellach.

 

City Link coach

Driving to us

By car:

From Glasgow take the A82 towards Crianlarich. Continue on the A82 towards Fort William. Head for Ballachulish keeping the village on your left. Go straight on at the roundabout over the steel bridge and take the second right B863 to Kinlochleven and the seafood restaurant. Alltshellach is 400 yards further on, on your right.

 

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Ideally book a flight to Glasgow Airport. From here you can join our coach transfer to Alltshellach (see above).

The next best option to fly to Manchester Airport, which has a better range of long-haul flights. There are trains from the airport to Glasgow (some direct, other need 1 change). Allow 4 hours to get to Glasgow, then join our coach transfer to Alltshellach. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Neil McCoubrey

Neil is a professional photographer and trainer based in Edinburgh. He has a first class honours degree in Photography and is an “Associate” of the Royal Photographic Society. In addition to commercial and charity clients, Neil teaches photography and photo-editing in Adult Education, for individual clients and at a Secondary school. His personal photographic work is a mix of Landscape and “Found Still Life” with occasional “Environmental Portrait” projects.

Dates & Prices

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29 Apr 2017 LLEIM - Landscape Photography & Image Manipulation - Glen Coe 7 £919.00 £819.00 Offer - £100 off per person Book Now

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Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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