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Erchless Castle

Erchless Castle


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The Isle of Skye. Castles. The Highlands. History. Incredibly rugged landscape and famously patchy magic light. Moorlands, mountains, lochs and glens. Six days and five nights - nights spent, as a group, in a historic 16th-century Scottish castle. Music, pubs, and culture.

Join Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha, (with special guest Wayne Simpson) in the Scottish Highlands and across the mystical Isle of Skye as they tour you through some of the most beautiful areas of western Scotland mixing classic must-sees with off-the-beaten-track landscape gems.


Day One:

This outdoor photography tour will officially kick off in the beautiful Highlands town of Inverness. Participants will be picked up between 11AM and noon at their hotels (note: participant responsibility to get to Inverness) and then, as a group, we will travel to Erchless Castle by the River Beauly, which will be our incredible home base for the week.

After settling in, we’ll spend the early afternoon with an official kick-off at the castle, with a number of short talks and slideshows and explanation of the full week’s plan. In mid-afternoon, we’ll spend some time exploring the extensive castle grounds and the autumn colours of nearby Glen Affric and its series of waterfalls before heading to a pub dinner in the quaint village of Beauly.

In the evening, if conditions allow, the group will meet in the evening for a Milky Way/night photography session on castle grounds (it’s located deep in the countryside with no light pollution); if conditions don’t allow, there’s always the hot tub to explore, along with the castle’s extensive games room. The next day will be a huge day, so the plan is for the group to get to bed by a decent time on day one in preparation for Day Two’s travels.

Day Two:

On the second day, the group will wake early and meet in the beautiful dining quarters for breakfast, prepared in the castle by the wonderful staff of Erchless. We’ll set off by 8AM to begin a full-day day trip to the mystical Isle of Skye!

En route to the Isle of Skye, we’ll make a stop at arguably the most beautiful castle in Scotland: Eliean Donan, a 13th-century castle near the village of Dornie. After a exploration of the shoreline around Eliean, we’ll continue onwards to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll stop for a pub lunch before heading to the the famous Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle in the early afternoon. Later in the afternoon, we’ll continue onwards to the rugged, magic Old Man of Storr past the village of Portree. The group will spend late afternoon right through to sunset hiking and exploring this remarkable location - one of the most dramatic in all of Scotland - before returning back to Erchless Castle.

Day Three:

Our third day will be all about exploring one of the areas of Scotland that’s passed on by most tourists due to it's remoteness, but in our minds is one of the most beautiful - up in the northwestern Highlands. Heading north from the village of Ullapool, we’ll explore true Highland country making numerous roadside stops (and dodging sheep) before coming to the area surrounding Ardvreck Castle, a fantastic ruined castle sitting on the shores of Loch Assynt and surround by, in short, epicness. The Calda House ruins are a short walk, as is dramatic shoreline, sheep, waterfalls, and extreme beauty. Our group will spend most of the afternoon and early evening photographing this beautiful area before heading back to Ullapool for a dinner and then onwards back to Erchless.

Day Four:

On Day Four, after our daily breakfast at the castle, we’ll set off once again to the Isle of Skye (which is just too beautiful to limit to one day). This day also doubles as a “weather day”, in case conditions weren’t ideal during our first trip to Skye. Other potential photography stops will include exploration of The Fairy Glen (and the Fairy Castle), the Glen Sligachan Falls, and Quiraing before sunset at the famous Neist Point, the most westerly point in Skye. We’ll arrive back at Erchless that evening quite late but buzzing from the beauty of Skye.

Day Five:

As we’ve basically been going non-stop for three days, the group will have a slightly later start on our last full day together. After a nice breakfast, we’ll set off south to the historic Glencoe, probably Scotland’s most famous glen…and for good reason. This absolutely beautiful area is surrounded by scenic mountains, waterfalls, lochs, and hundreds and hundreds of years of Scottish history. We’ll spend a nice afternoon exploring various locations before returning in early evening to Erchless where we’ll freshen up before heading into Beauly for a finale pub dinner/celebration. After dinner, we’ll return to Erchless where we’ve arranged a demonstration of live traditional Scottish music (and, of course, a few drams of the other thing Scotland is famous for: its whisky.)

Day Six:

After a relaxing start to the morning, we’ll shuttle participants leaving the castle at 9:30AM back to Inverness, where we’ll say our fond farewells.


What we have available for registration:
- Deluxe Single Occupancy Room - 4 available @ $4350 CAD per person.
- Double Occupancy Rooms (two single beds per) - 2 available (one room designated for female participants and one room designated for male participants) 4 spots total @ $3950 CAD per person.
- Triple Occupancy Room (three single beds), 1 available, 3 spots total @ $3750 CAD per person.

By selecting double or triple occupancy, we will ensure that participants are roomed with someone of the same sex.

* A supplement fee is available for non-workshop participants if space allows.

A non-refundable deposit of $1500 CAD is required at the time of registration. The balance will be invoiced in two installments (due February 1 and May 1).

Note: Failure to pay by due dates means forfeiting deposit and spot will be freed up and potentially sold to another interested participant (see more in cancellation policy below).

If unforeseen circumstances arise, participants are welcome to transfer/sell their space to another interested participant. In such case, participants are responsible for handling payment for the transfer.

What does the price include? Your registration fee will include:
- workshop instruction for six days/five nights
- accommodation at the castle for five nights
- breakfast included daily
- finale pub meal celebration (and, of course, some drams)
- in-country transportation from workshop kick-off point on October 16th in Inverness to end point on October 21 in Inverness.

What's not included:
- flights/transportation to Inverness, Scotland from your respective homes
- lunch + dinner daily with exception of finale dinner.
- alcoholic drinks

Cancellation Policy

Spots are non-refundable but are transferrable (i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable).

Although extremely unlikely, OFFBEAT Photography Inc. reserves the right to cancel the tour at any time for a variety of reasons (i.e. if a minimum number of participants is not met or if unforeseen circumstances dramatically impacted cost of the tour or global conditions somehow warranted a cancellation). In the very unlikely event of a cancellation, all monies/deposits made to OFFBEAT Photography Inc. would be refunded to participants however no compensation would be made for participant flight cancellation fees.


It is not only advised but required that participants have trip cancellation and interruption insurance, including medical insurance and emergency medical transport coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure). By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.

Travel Visa

It is the participant's responsibility to ensure they have a valid Travel Visa (if applicable/required) for the duration of the workshop.

About Dave Brosha

"Critically acclaimed....spectacular photos." - The Globe and Mail

Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, northern commercial, personal, and landscape photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave – along with his wife and children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.

Dave’s personal affiliations and representations include the First Light agency, Aurora Images, Offset, Getty Images (stock), National Geographic (stock), and the Canadian Press, for which Dave is a freelance photographer.

About Paul Zizka

Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes.

Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, includingIMPACT, Alpinist, Canadian Geographic, Islands, PhotoLife, Fodors.com and explore magazine. In addition to his work for a number of clients, over the past few years Paul has created a signature collection of images for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which are used to promote Banff National Park throughout the world.

In the Canadian Rockies, Paul has hiked extensively in the backcountry and photographed from the summits of countless peaks. His adventures abroad include a 1400-km unsupported double-crossing of Iceland on foot (2004), which is believed to be the first of its kind, and a 1488-km solo crossing of the South Island of New Zealand (2007). Recent travels have taken him backpacking in the Caribbean, exploring tiny insular nations of the Pacific, trekking in remote corners of Scandinavia and Nepal, and ski touring on Baffin Island.

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