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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

£4,500

WHAT DOES THIS INCLUDE?

✔︎  A six-day retreat working with Julian Calverley, your Photographer in Residence.

✔︎  Seven nights accommodation.

✔︎  Full catering.

✔︎  Boat to and from Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula.

   Travel to and from Mallaig.

HOW MANY PLACES FOR EACH RETREAT?

There is a maximum of 6 places for each photography retreat.

DO I NEED TO BE AN

EXPERIENCED PHOTOGRAPHER?

Yes, this is a fairly 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.

HOW DO I BOOK MY PLACE?

All you need to do is email janey@theknoydartretreat.com to book your place.

HOW DO I PAY?

To confirm your place, you'll need to pay a £1000 returnable * deposit.

Janey will provide The Knoydart Retreat bank details for a bank transfer.

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. 

* See note 3 below.

IF I CHOOSE TO CANCEL FOR MY OWN REASONS, WHAT IS YOUR 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.

WHERE DO WE STAY?

Everyone stays in a house, a very big house on the banks of Loch Nevis.

Yes, that's the house in this background image!

It's an old, privately owned house owned by a Lord.

DO I HAVE MY OWN ROOM?

Yes.

There are six bedrooms in the house.

Two have en-suite bathrooms and the rest will share a bathroom/shower with another guest.

Early bird bookings will get the en-suite rooms!

All room have wonderful views of Loch Nevis.

IS FOOD INCLUDED?

Yes! Breakfast, lunch, packed lunch (when necessary), dinner and BBQ (weather dependent) are all included.

Please note that this is not a hotel so we will all eat together around a big old table.

The only night we don't include in the cost is Thursday night's dinner. We give you the night off to eat wherever you like, with whomever you like, but at your own cost.

There are several great restaurants serving local produce and seafood for you to choose from.

DO YOU CATER FOR VEGANS?

Yes! Though all dietary requirements and allergies must be given to us two weeks prior to the first date of your retreat so that all provisions can be pre-ordered.

ARE DRINKS INCLUDED?

Alcoholic drinks are not included in the cost.

The house is not licensed so we are not able to ‘sell’ alcohol.

PLEASE NOTE: The drinking water comes from the land loch and has been filtered and is 100% clean. It looks a little brown but that's the nature of the beast. If you would prefer to drink bottled water please let us know in advance.

There are a couple of shops in Inverie.

There is the community-owned shop and off-licence seling wines Scottish craft beers (including Knoydart Brewery) & ciders, artisan gins and traditional malts, Knoydart wild venison, gorgeous locally handcrafted products, beautiful ethically-sourced gifts and treats, walks leaflets, maps and postcards. 

If you need to buy anything else we can order it from the CO-OP in Mallaig and it can be delivered by boat the following day!

ARE THERE ANY SHOPS?

Yes. There's one pub called The Old Forge that encourages and welcomes music to be played in the evenings.

It proudly wears the badge of Britain's most remote pub!

IS THERE A PUB?

Knoydart is a peninsula located on the west coast of Scotland - opposite the southern tip of the Isle of Skye. 

The house is in Inverie, which is on the Knoydart peninsula - SEE MAP

Your only accessible route to Inverie is by boat from Mallaig (unless you choose to hike the two-day, 17-mile walk across rough terrain!)

If you are driving, travel to Mallaig and head for Mallaig Station (PH41 4QA) where parking is available. 

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

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

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!

WHERE’S KNOYDART? 

HOW DO I GET THERE?

ARRIVAL: Everyone needs to arrive at the house on the Friday night, which means getting to Mallaig to catch the last boat to Inverie at 18:00. The train from Glasgow gets into Mallaig for 17:45.

DEPARTURE: You need to check out of the house by 12 noon on the  following Friday. 

There are only 2 trains a day from Mallaig to Glasgow 10:10am and 16:05. If you are catching the 10:10 train from Mallaig to Glasgow you will need to  catch the 09:00 ferry from Inverie to Mallaig and if you’re catching the 16:05 train you need to board the 15:00 ferry.

WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE AND DEPART?

Your travel costs to Mallaig and back are not included in the cost.

However, included in the cost are the ferry transfers to and from Mallaig to Inverie (the Sunday boat to Inverie and the Saturday boat back to Mallaig).

IS TRAVEL INCLUDED IN THE COST?

• CAMERA - Bring your camera and all the lenses, filters and accessories you need.

• CLOTHING - Scotland is known for having four seasons in one day so please pack accordingly. As we are in the most beautiful wilderness we will be encouraging you to enjoy the great outdoors. Walking boots, waterproofs, rain coats, sun cream, midge and tick repellent, water bottles and torches are all a must.

WHAT DO I BRING?