Digital Photography @ Sea with James Mortimer


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6 Nights

The Scottish Western Isles provide the backdrop for a 7 day cruise with a difference. Renowned Scottish photographer James Mortimer will join us for the trip and teach showing you how to get the best out of your camera, and how to frame the best shots. Each day we’ll sail to new places, offering a fresh round of photos to be snapped. In the evenings we will discuss the following day’s photo shoot and look at and discuss the photos already taken.

Trip Start: 21 April

Trip End: 28 April

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Vessel Type

43ft European production yacht with sharing cabins

Vessel Length

43 ft




Shared cabin (double or Pullman style bunk). The yacht is equipped with all the mod-cons you’d expect on a modern premium production yacht, including full galley, spacious saloon and 2 heads.

If you require single occupancy of a cabin, the full cabin rate will apply minus a 15% discount. owever, if you do not require single occupancy but we cannot fill the space, you will not be charged any extra (you will not be asked to share a cabin with a member of the opposite sex).


Deposit and cancellation:


£50 non-refundable deposit on booking, balance in full 6 weeks before embarking.

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  • Digital photography tuition
  • All meals and drinks on board (except drinks and snacks from the bar)
  • All bedding
  • Heavy-duty wet weather gear and boots
  • Lifejacket with harness and lifeline


  • Digital photography equipment
  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip.
  • Drinks and snacks from the bar.
  • Travel to and from the vessel.

Practical Info

  • Open to beginner sailors.


Getting there

Town Centre Pontoons, Oban are a short walk from Oban train station

Getting back

Town Centre Pontoons, Oban are a short walk from Oban train station


Join: Town Centre Pontoons, Oban, Scotland, 21 Aptil 2018 5pm

Leave: Town Centre Pontoons, Oban, Scotland, 28 April 2018 midday

Following crew introductions and a safety briefing, we will set off on a short evening sail so that everyone gets to know each other and the boat. After dinner and with respect for the forecast, we will discuss our passage plans, whether we go south about or north about. Either way, we expect to visit some very interesting anchorages such as Puilladobhrain (pool of the otter) on the Isle of Seil for the first night.

The following day we will head south to Easdale and then on out to the Slate Isles, weather permitting landing on the island of Belnahua with its fascinating ruined village and flooded slate quarries. We will then visit the Black Isles and the Garvellachs (Isles of the sea) unfortunately the anchorage here is too exposed to stay overnight, so depending on the wind direction we might anchor in pigs bay at the north end of Jura, or head to Ardinamir on the east side of Luing.

Next Day it will be off to play in the Gulf of Corryvreckan between Scarba and the north end of Jura where the tide reaches  8.5 Knots and  backward rearing over falls can reach 4 meters in height, but can double that height in strong westerly wind ( in which case we will stay well clear) later in the day we will head over to Tinkers’ Hole on the Ross of Mull where we will spend the night, Iona and Staffa, Ulva and the Treshnish Isles becon for the following days photo shoot with an overnight stop on the Island of Coll  Next Day will take us north to the to the anchorage of Sorisdale bay for lunch, in the afternoon  it will be off to Kilhoan on the Ardnamurchan  peninsula  before heading to colourful town of Tobermorry for the night.

Next day will see us spend time ashore before heading off to the wonderfully named anchorage in Loch Drumbuie which sits behind the Island of Oransay at the mouth of Loch Sunart  after lunch and some time ashore we will make our way down the sound of Mull to Loch Aline for the final night of our trip and on Friday we will make our way to Oban passing the Glas Eileanan (Grey Isles ) Duart Castel and Lismore Light House. This cruise will end around lunchtime on the 28th in Oban.


Digital Camera and equipment

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)


Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone


Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife


Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require


Travel assistance

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