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PLEASE READ OUR FAQs & TERMS THOROUGHLY BEFORE REGISTERING YOUR INTEREST

HOW MUCH IS A PLACE ON A PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT?

£4,500 per person.

There are only six places available.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

• A five-day immersive workshop with Julian Calverley your Photographer in Residence including a full programme of masterclasses on a number of key landscape photography topics including inspiration, approach and technique, filtration and post-production.

• Daily excursions into the wilderness.

• A six-night stay in a lovely house on the shores of Loch Nevis. You all get your own room.

• Breakfast, lunch and dinners are all home-cooked by Janey using locally sourced ingredients. (Please note that this is not a hotel so we all eat together around a big old table in the dining room.)

• Transport by Land Rover around Inverie to all locations.

• The return boat fares to and from Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula.

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

• Your travel to and from Mallaig.

• Alcoholic drinks.

• You are responsible for your own travel and equipment insurance

• Any further travel and hotel costs incurred from delays or cancellation by public transport services, including boats, due to weather conditions or general disruption.

 

DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERIENCED PHOTOGRAPHER?

Yes, this is a bespoke retreat aimed at photographers with experienced of shooting landscapes and still life who are looking to improve their technique and learn more about the post-production process. 

Julian shoots on an ALPA but that is not a pre-requisite for attending the workshop.

 

WHERE DO WE STAY?

Everyone stays in a lovely big house on the shores of Loch Nevis.

It's an old, privately owned house so it is important to highlight that weather conditions can sometimes affect the power and water supply. Problems are sorted as quickly as possible but this is a remote peninsula so it can take a little longer. If this does happen, we ask politely for your understanding!

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Camera equipment

Bring your camera, waterproof camera bag and all the lenses, filters and accessories you need. You will not be able to buy any camera equipment in Knoydart.

Waterproof thermal outdoor clothing

Scotland is known for having four seasons in one day so please pack accordingly and expect to get wet!  A couple of pairs of walking boots, full waterproofs, water bottles, flasks and torches are all a must. Depending on the time of year, sun cream, midge and tick repellent are also a necessity.

 

WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE / DEPART?

Arrival

Everyone needs to arrive at the house the night before the first day, for the welcome meal, which means getting to Mallaig in time to catch the last boat to Inverie at 18:00. 

Departure

In order to catch the 08:00 boat from Inverie to Mallaig on your departure day, you will be picked up at the house after breakfast at 07:30 and driven to the pier.

 

OUR TERMS

HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

We ask you to REGISTER YOUR INTEREST via the website.

We will then contact you to confirm your place.

HOW AND WHEN TO PAY

Upon confirmation of your place, you'll need to pay a £1000 deposit.

Janey will provide and invoice with bank details for either The Knoydart Retreat Ltd or REVOLUT depending on which currency you are paying in. 

We accept Sterling, Dollars and Euros. 

Your final payment must clear our bank 30 days prior to the date of your retreat.

If, however, you are booking within 30 days of the first day of the retreat then full payment will be required.

We are not able to accept payment by credit card.

 

OUR CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations must be received my email to janey@theknoydartretreat.com

Depending on when you cancel, we have three policies:-

 

1) Cancellation received 60 days or more before the first day of your retreat:-

Your deposit and any payments made to The Knoydart Retreat will be refunded.

There will be an admin fee of £50.

 

2) Cancellation received 31 - 59 days before the first day of your retreat:-

Your deposit and 50% of your payments made to The Knoydart Retreat will be refunded.

There will be an admin fee of £50.

 

3) Cancellation received within 30 days of the first day of the retreat:-

a) your deposit will be held by The Knoydart Retreat

b) no further refund will be payable.

 

APPROVAL FOR USE OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY AND YOUR IMAGE

 

By attending the workshop you agree to give The Knoydart Retreat Ltd, ALPACameras and Julian Calverley permission to use the images you take during the workshop on our websites and social media channels.

We also ways take Behind The Scenes photos and videos so if you choose NOT to be included in these images then please let Janey know by email prior to the workshop commencing by emailing janey@theknoydartretreat.com and we will make sure you are not photographed.

ABOUT KNOYDART

Knoydart is a peninsula located on the west coast of Scotland - opposite the southern tip of the Isle of Skye. It is home to around 110 residents – Janey being one of them!

The only way to get to Knoydart is by boat from Mallaig (unless you choose to hike the two-day, 17-mile walk across rough terrain!)

The house you stay in is in Inverie, which is the main village on the Knoydart peninsula.

 

HOW DO I GET THERE?

You should factor into your schedule that it could take you about one day to get to Inverie.

If you have any questions on travel, timetables and logistics just call us. We're here to help!

By car

• If you are coming in by car then drive to Mallaig (head for Mallaig Station PH41 4QA).

You will have to leave your vehicle in Mallaig for the duration of the retreat, but parking is free on East Bay. 

By train

• If you are travelling by train, we suggest you pick up the train from Glasgow Queen Street and catch the direct train to Mallaig via Fort William. This train takes about 5 and a half hours but the views through the window are stunning.  It is listed as one of the top 10 train journeys in the world so you can just sit back and relax!

By plane

• If you are flying to Scotland then you can either fly into Glasgow or Inverness airports.

Rendezvous

We will meet you at either the pier or Mallaig train station and escort you to the boat - which is only a 2-minute walk away!

ARE THERE ANY SHOPS IN KNOYDART?

Yes, there is a small community-owned shop in the village of Inverie that offers a small selection of produce and souvenirs.

 

IS THERE A PUB?

Yes!

There's the community-owned pub called The Old Forge that proudly wears the badge of Britain's most remote pub!

We always aim to take you down there for a pint of the locally brewed beer.

 

 

THE WEATHER COULD AFFECT YOUR TRAVEL PLANS

The Scottish weather is notoriously unpredictable and ferociously changeable – this also being one of the many prime attractions for your photography course!

However, what this could mean is that when wind speeds are in excess of 25 knots the connecting boat between Mallaig and Inverie will not sail.

 

If, on the day of your arrival in Mallaig, your public transport has been delayed or your boat has been cancelled, then you are responsible for covering the costs of your accommodation and food in Mallaig. We will work with you to find suitable accommodation at a discounted rate.

 

If, on the day of your departure from Inverie, the boat has been cancelled, then you are responsible for covering the costs of your accommodation and food in Inverie. We will work with you to find suitable accommodation at a discounted rate.

 

We heartily recommend that your travel plans include flexible tickets as we cannot be held responsible for additional costs due to delays or cancelations.

 

 

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Please do get in touch with Janey. I'm here to help!

+44 (0)7979 968900  |  janey@theknoydartretreat.com