New! Castle-based painting shortbreak in Stirlingshire


Imagine staying in a medieval Scottish castle and developing your painting skills with guidance from their own artist in residence? We’ve created a fantastic opportunity for you to stay at Culcreuch Castle in Stirlingshire and enjoy a private workshop with Katherine Cowtan, at dates that suit you.

Find out more here and enquire about your preferred dates so you can build this amazing creative break into your Scottish vacation!

Culcreuch Castle near Loch Lomond, Scotland

Wild at Art in Celtic Life International

We are delighted to be featured in Nova Scotia-based magazine Celtic Life International. The magazine has been connecting the Celtic community around the globe for more than 30 years. This is what they wrote:

Wild at Art in Celtic Life International

Wild at Art in Celtic Life International (link to pdf version)

Weaving workshop breaks in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll

Now ready for booking: our new weaving short breaks Kilmartin Glen, Argyll. The ancient art of tapestry weaving with its particular sense of rhythm requires us to slow down and allows us feel that creative flow. We’ve created an opportunity for you to learn this art in a 2-day private workshop with weaving artist Louise Oppenheimer.

Why not treat yourself or your special people to this inspiring experience? Find out more and enquire about your preferred dates.

Standing Stone at Kilmartin Glen
Standing Stone at Kilmartin Glen

Inspired by the Galloway Landscape

View of Galloway Hills by Liz Gilbey

Oil painter Elizabeth Gilbey runs  painting retreats in the lush countryside of Galloway. The studio and accommodation are located on a working farm. Together with two of her latest paintings she sent these words which give you a flavour of the experiences she offers. We still have a few spaces available for 4-11 May and 6-13 July.

The painting experience is very much back to nature. Being outside and painting a scene from life is by far the best way to achieve great results and to appreciate nature. We will be in the heart of George Henry Country, in fact we boast a hill which could have been the model for Henry’s famous picture “A Galloway Landscape”.

Many types of scenery are within a short drive of the studio, much is right outside the door: hills, forest, pasture with animals and the coast is nearby. The experience is completely immersive and guests can carry on perfecting their work inside if the weather or light becomes difficult. The studio lighting is designed to adjust to imitate the natural light. Galloway light and lush greenery makes the area ideal for painting as well as towering clouds and brilliantly clear blue skies.

Outdoor sorties are best with a flask and snack to keep keen artists energised. The wildlife regularly puts in an appearance, with deer, hares, kites and buzzards as well as many song birds. The Sky Larks are currently in full voice on the hills near the studio. In May the bluebells are at their best. 

Find out more about Elizabeth on her profile page.

Pond at Nether Rusko (2)
Pond at Nether Rusko

Photography workshop breaks in Highlands Perthshire

Now ready for booking: our new photography short breaks with Dave Hunt from Wildgrass Studios in Glen Lyon. Why not treat yourself or your special people to this inspiring experience? Find out more and enquire about your preferred dates.


Scots Song Singing Workshop with Robyn Stapleton: New Non-Residential Option

For those singing enthusiasts who live locally or have already arranged accommodation for their visit to Edinburgh this October, we’ve just released some on-residential spaces on our workshop with Robyn Stapleton. Discover Scotland’s rich musical heritage on our new singing event with tutor Robyn Stapleton, one of the country’s most respected folk singers. Join in to learn a wide repertoire of traditional Scottish songs and discover the stories behind them.

Be uplifted by a shared joy for singing!

The event will run from 7 to 10 October 2019 in Edinburgh. Each of the four half day workshops has a different theme, and on the last evening we’ll get together with local singers and musicians for a Sing Around in a pub. The package also includes a guided city walk led by singer and blue badge guide Robin.

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