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 - 18th - 23rd March 2019 

‘The sun getting towards the horizon burst through the rain cloud, angry, and for wind’, so wrote none other than the great Joseph William Mallord Turner in 1831, describing part of his visit to the Hebrides – where he had gone in pursuit of the ever changing skies as inspiration for his work, and here he found them in constant evolution. Unchallenged by land since departing the Americas, the skies are a huge, unfolding canvas, always moving, always shifting and away to the horizon presaging the weather to come.

In 1832, after Turner returned to London from his Hebridean odyssey he unveiled his painting ‘Staffa, Fingals Cave’ and just weeks later Mendelssohn, also inspired by these islands premiered his Hebrides Overture.

It is not surprising that artists and composers have been inspired by the Hebrides, (poets too, Keats wrote verse based on his time here). These islands far out to sea off the west coast of Scotland seem crafted to beguile and uplift. It is not just the constantly changing skies, the luminescence of the light or their position out in the raging Atlantic that strikes the soul. It is the beaches of pure white sand, layered with water of iridescent turquoise and green – seemingly transported from the Caribbean. It is the interwoven fabric of hillside tapestry, the heathers and moorland plants, the ancient rocks, lichens and mosses combining in harmony. It is the numberless tiny lochans bespeckling the landscape, decorated with reeds and ripples. It is the sign of man and his long association with land and sea – unimposing, but there nonetheless – the tumble down crofters cottages, abandoned fishing boats, peeling paint, rusting metal, the detritus of the fishermen.

All this combines to inspire, uplift, and drive the artist in us to make our work. It provides food for our cameras. Projects for our portfolios. Here, time slows to nothing and allows our minds to tune in to the rhythm of the soil and the sea – and slowly the images reveal themselves to us as we interpret our emotions and sensations visually.

On this tour we have chosen to locate ourselves centrally on the Island of Harris and Lewis, (despite the name, it is a single island, joined by a slender isthmus), at the comfortable and welcoming Harris Hotel on the outskirts of Tarbet. This is the islands second capital, a small ferry port and harbour and ideal for getting to all of our locations easily.

The tour includes single occupancy rooms as standard and full board – you will get a packed lunch each day (although the generous Scottish breakfast may mean you might not want to eat all of it). Each day will be planned based on the weather and light as to locations, but as always with our tours, please don’t expect this to be a sunrise and sunset landscape photography trip. We may include working at this time, but this is not primarily what our photography is about. Nor will we be rushing about collecting honeypot locations – rather we will be taking our time and allowing you to immerse yourself in the places we stop to really work them, open your eyes and see them.

We will be visiting several of the wonderful beaches around the islands, Seilebost, Horgabost. Luskentyre, Scarista and others (some of them maybe more than once). There will be rock stacks and cliffs, old boats and we will journey along the ‘Gold Road’. No doubt we will visit the Callanish Stone Circle and, as always, we will have a session of positive image critique. If at any time the Atlantic decides it doesn’t want us to be out with our cameras and throws some really foul weather at us, then we will hold a processing session where will show you some of the ways we use Lightroom and Photoshop to work on our creative images. There will also be time for cafes – to savour some home baking on the island, and for a glass or two of the very fine Harris Gin which we have discovered and become rather partial to before the evening meal.

As always on our tours the group size will be small, limited strictly to ten and we will be on hand constantly to help you with techniques, composition and creative ideas. Always our aim is to help you find your own creative voice rather than simply copy the style of others.

We can assure you, that as you fly away from the Hebrides, like all visitors before you, you will not have failed to have been touched by them. Your soul will never be the same again. We can also almost certainly assure you that you will make yourself a silent promise to return. Soon



18th-23rd March 2019


5 nights full board single room accommodation at

The Harris Hotel

Transfers from Stornaway airport (for those on recommended flights).

All transport during workshop.

Max, 10 clients.

Tuition from Valda and Doug


Flights, insurance,

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.

Average temperature 5.7C

20% deposit required to book



(€2,325.00   $2,685.00)

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  • Bailey Chinnery Photography shall mean Valda Bailey and Doug Chinnery


  • The Client: shall mean the person or persons listed on the invoice as the person booking the tour or workshop and anyone they are booking on behalf of


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  • The Workshop or Tour; shall mean any place, event or location together with such details as may be recorded on the invoice and web page to include accommodation, tuition from Bailey Chinnery Photography and other services or extras as described during the dates outlined.




The invoice and these Terms and Conditions shall form the entire agreement between the parties save for any variations agreed in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and no variation or modification shall be effective unless accepted by Bailey Chinnery Photography in writing.




A Deposit is required when the client books a Tour or Workshop in order to reserve a place on the requested dates. The Deposit will apply towards the Fee payable for the Workshop requested by the Client and is non-refundable. The place on the Workshop or Tour is not secure until the Deposit is received. Bailey Chinnery Photography reserve the right not to accept any booking without giving a reason.




The balance of the Fee must be paid for or on behalf of the Client no later than 28 days prior to the Dates. The Client shall always remain the persons liable to Bailey Chinnery Photography for the Fee on behalf of the Client. Any bank, credit card, currency or PayPal charges incurred due to returned cheques or PayPal fees will be debited to the Client and payable in addition to the Fee.




In the event of the Client cancelling the Workshop or Tour, Bailey Chinnery Photography reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee in accordance with the following scale:


  • The Deposit may be returned if cancellation takes place more than 3 months prior to the Dates if an alternative booking can be secured.


  • 100% of the Deposit may be retained if cancellation takes place less than 3 months prior to the Dates


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If Bailey Chinnery Photography can secure an alternative booking at any time up to the Dates they may be able to return some or all of the Fee at their discretion and may retain an administration fee.




Bailey Chinnery Photography cannot be held responsible for the lack of photographic coverage caused by any restrictions in force by officials or organisations of any location where the workshop or tour is due to take place. Bailey Chinnery does not guarantee any specific location or photograph, although every effort will be made to deliver the Workshop or Tour as described on the website and tour notes.


Travel and Accommodation


The Fee does not cover any costs associated with the Workshop or Tour beyond accommodation, transport (as provided by Bailey Chinnery Photography) and all photographic tuition during the Workshop or Tour. All other costs and expenses associated with attending the Workshop or Tour are the responsibility of the Client.


Force Majeure


Whilst every care is taken to provide the Tour or Workshop on the Dates, it is subject to alteration or cancellation by Bailey Chinnery Photography owing to any cause beyond its reasonable control, i.e. Act of God, Fire, War, Road closure, illness etc.


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In the event of cancellation by Bailey Chinnery Photography, Bailey Chinnery Photography’s liability shall be limited to a full refund of any sums paid by the Client in respect of the Workshop or Tour. A rearrangement onto a future Tour or Workshop can be arranged free of charge and the Deposit or Fee transferred to such at the discretion of Bailey Chinnery Photography. Bailey Chinnery Photography will not be responsible for any further costs, losses, claims or actions howsoever arising, and the Client hereby indemnifies Bailey Chinnery Photography against same.


Illness and Non-Attendance


Bailey Chinnery Photography will use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the named photographers will be available to lead the Tour of Workshop; however, in the unlikely event that one cannot attend an alternative replacement leader will be sought. If this is not possible the Workshop or Tour may still be able to proceed with a single leader and without reduction in Fee.


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It is the responsibility of the Client to posses a valid passport (if required) and all visas, permits and certificates, including medical certificates required for the Workshop or Tour and sufficient personal funds in the appropriate currency. All advice or notes given by Bailey Chinnery Photography on such is given in good faith.


It is the responsibility of the Client to arrive on time, to be healthy enough to complete the tour and come with the appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment.


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This agreement shall in all respects be governed by the law of England and Wales and the parties hereto submit to this jurisdiction.




The Client is hereby strongly advised to take out a suitable insurance policy to cover for any expenses, losses, claims or actions of any kind arising in connection with (but without limitation) to both cancellation by either party and force majeure affecting the Workshop or Tour or any event or matter relating to or dependent upon the Workshop or Tour.




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