Feedback & pics

We love to make our guests happy and are proud of the fact that many of them keep coming back to travel with us :).

Check out some pictures from past creative experiences (the most recent ones will be added soon):

Fabric of an Island – Iona Art Experience, May 2022

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Drawing from the Land – Drawing & painting in the Outer Hebrides, April 2022

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Orkney Creative Retreat, November 2021

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Painting & Wildlife Cruise September 2021

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Online Bookmaking Workshop 2021

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Lewis & Harris Art Experience 2019

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Outlander Art Experience 2019

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Drawing and painting holiday in the Outer Hebrides 2018

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Other past art experiences

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What our guests say ♥

This was my second trip with Wild at Art and I, again, had an incredible time! The tour was well paced — no super early mornings or rushing from place to place — with time for painting/sketching at each site visited plus in-studio time to refine pieces and get some creative inspiration from our tutor and fellow travelers. I hadn’t painted in a very long time and this was just the gentle nudge I needed to get going again. The accommodations and food were excellent, and I’m already hoping to join another trip next year! {Beth, Oregon, Sense of Place, Outer Hebrides, August 2022}


My expectations were to experience the wonderful landscapes of the Outer Hebrides and develop my painting style to be more free and semi abstract. I was delighted with the creative experience which greatly exceed my expectations. “ Sense of Place “ was the theme of the painting holiday and I really had that experience every day – great result. Extremely well organised with excellent accommodation and meals – I managed to eat well every day but did not put on any weight much to my surprise! Everyone on the trip got on well and fully participated. The choice of locations worked well and we had just enough time to sketch or paint which was quite short which ensured a freer and more immediate style which really suited me. Nicky’s commentary in the bus while travelling to the various location was excellent and really gave a “Sense of Place”. The duration was just about right: a week would be too short and two weeks too long – well judged”! Absolutely no criticisms.

Nicky led the demonstrations and tutoring with her usual friendly, supportive and respective manner. I have my own views on what I wanted to do and the manner in which I wished to paint. Nicky knew from a previous trip to the Inner Hebrides that I have quite conservative views on what material I would use to paint and respected that view but I did paint with peat based paint on the last day! I received well-judged advice from time to time which was always “spot on” but was otherwise left to my own devices which worked well for me.

A wonderful experience! {Stewart, Glasgow, Sense of Place, Outer Hebrides, August 2022}


The workshop with Louise was fantastic. We loved the whole experience, the practical aspect of the workshop covered any level of experience. We were delighted to get frames and wool so that we could complete our weaving at home. Louise was comfortable to be around and she made us very welcome in her beautiful workspace. {Denise, Scotland, Private weaving shortbreak with Louise Oppenheimer, August 2022}


Both accommodation and workshop were extremely welcoming, friendly and relaxed.

Jen made us feel welcome and at ease with her excellent people skills and most fabulous lunches. Good advice on restaurants, nice chats and we played a game together. Accommodation very clean, private and beds very comfortable.

Louise was absolutely fantastic. She adapted the course to the skills and interests of my girls and bonding with them. Interesting conversations. Great guidance, excellent teaching. Lots of personal attention. Fabulous and endless supply of homemade cakes. Nice to have a peek into her life as an artist. Location, her work and atmosphere of her studio interconnected with the natural surroundings.
Everything exceeding my greatest hopes for a relaxing break.

{Michele, Private weaving shotbreak with Louise Oppenheimer, August 2022}


I booked my experience with Ute and Wild at Art because I sensed it truly offered the magic it promised. I was eager to grow and connect with nature, to seek out something greater while doing something I loved in a quiet place that remembered simpler times. I had no idea that connection would become a communion or what that communion would reveal to me. In my work as a fiction writer and illustrator, I am always expressing someone else’s story. You can find me here and there hidden between the lines, but I’m never the big picture. On Iona, I was encouraged to draw and paint from within myself, guided by my own instincts and feelings. I struggled; expressing myself and sharing like that isn’t in my nature and I was also afraid to confront my own pain. For so long, I had just been painting over it. And before my trip, I thought I could go on like that. But during my experience I learned that all life is art, including my own. And if it isn’t turning out the way I dreamed, I don’t have to throw it away. I can transform it. It can feel beautiful again. I can love it again. I can love myself again.

This trip is one I will always hold dear. Thank you, Ute and Janet.

{Alaina C. Ewing, Florida, Iona Art Experience May 2022}


Iona was my second holiday with Wild at Art Scotland, and I am already thinking about a third next year.

If you want a painting holiday where someone tells you what to paint and how, don’t go on this trip. If you on the other hand are after inspiration and relaxation, to spend a creative week in a beautiful spot, walk and immerse in the landscape, have an inspiring tutor who will help you to find new ideas and think out of the box, then this is perfect!

Also very well organized and plenty of delicious food. {Ulla, Sweden, Iona Art Experience May 2022}


Really I don’t know where to start – it was such a fabulous holiday, with such a wonderful group of people in a magical place. All your details were so carefully organised and thought about, Janet was an incredibly inspiring, creative guide and tutor who very successfully curated a safe space for us to play in and connect with our inner child. In short – I loved it and came home with a smile on my face and deep warmth in my heart. I feel as if something opened up inside me and the beautiful Iona light has flooded in. {Elinor, England, Iona Art Experience May 2022}


The art experience surpassed my expectations by far. Ute is a very warm hearted and thoughtful guide. The locations were chosen perfectly and the artist, Ellis O’Connor, did a terrific job on encouraging us to loosen up and go wild! 😀 A week I wouldn’t want to miss. {Karin, Germany, Outer Hebrides April 2022}


I honestly only have good feedback. I think Ellis O’Connor was a very inspired choice for art tutor – she really managed to coax us out of our artistic comfort zones. Apart from being an obviously well respected and accomplished artist, it helped enormously that she was such a lovely likeable person and that she had lived on North Uist, so could show us all the best spots. I learnt a ton, so much, and am very grateful. For me, this was not an inexpensive trip but I can say now that I think it was really worth every cent. The trip was well planned and the accommodation was great. So glad I did this! {Barbara, Scotland, Outer Hebrides April 2022}


This workshop was well organized and well executed. I felt very well taken care of.The instructor is a top notch artist at the top of her game and a joy to be around and soak up her perspective! {Leslie, California, Outer Hebrides April 2022}


I thoroughly enjoyed the Drawing From The Land holiday. It proved to be a great way to explore new artistic styles and new friendships – all in the context of spectacular scenery. The artistic guidance provided gave me the freedom to develop my art in a relaxed and supportive environment. Thank you Ute and Ellis for a wonderful week. {Paul, London, Outer Hebrides April 2022}

A one-of-a-kind experience with a colourful mixture of inspiring women in the breathtaking environment of Orkney islands. Plenty of options to do your own way of art combined with diving into the stormy but yet so lovely nature of Stromness and the surrounding. Talking, painting, remaining silent, taking photographs – loved this trip to Scotland and to myself. {Alina, Germany, Orkney Creative Retreat, November 2021}

What a wonderful week! Completely overwhelmed by the beauty of Scotland. A week full of inspiring women and nature. With time to reflect, to think, to experience, to make art, to write and get a renewed focus for my own business and art work. The programme had so much variety and the right ingredients to make it a great week. Thank you Margaret and Ute for your leadership during this week and Lesley for the great meals every day. What a luxury! {Carien, The Netherlands, Orkney Creative Retreat, November 2021}

Thank you Margaret, Ute and Lesley for everything! It was an incredible week which had an incredible impact on me. I think I found the spark of inspiration I was looking for…thanks to all of you! What a wonderful group and an enchanting place! {Beth, Oregon, Orkney Creative Retreat, November 2021}


I found the cruise absolutely magical! The high points for me were painting in Loch Coruisk, on Skye (in the sunshine!). It’s a place I’ve always wanted to see, and I’ve never gotten closer than Loch Scavaig before. It’s the site of my favourite Turner painting. The other highlight was the dolphins that came and played around and under the boat near Mallaig for quite a long time. And it was wonderful painting with Nicky again; she’s such an inspiring teacher, with so many creative ideas! Just sailing around the islands was lovely, too, and I enjoyed the dinghy rides between the boat and the islands. The crew were all very efficient, helpful and accommodating, and also very friendly, which helped to make the trip such a pleasure. {Cynthia, Edinburgh, Painting & Wildlife Cruise, September 2021}


A wonderful experience combining painting, wildlife watching and living on a small ship. Took me into another world for a week where I developed my painting style. Very helpful and knowledgeable tutor and crew including a first class cook. {Stewart, Glasgow, Painting & Wildlife Cruise, September 2021}


It was a great and stimulating trip. Makes me just want to spend every day drawing, painting and being otherwise creative! I know from experience that it was down to Tony the Captain and not co-incidence that we slept in calm waters every night, and none of us was sick any time — I am very grateful for that!
Thanks to all of you for your company, friendship and encouragement. {Louise, Orkney, Painting & Wildlife Cruise, September 2021}


I loved, loved, loved the workshop. So fun to connect with others from around the world, and to learn a new skill. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. So glad I participated, and really look forward to another great experience someday in Scotland. {Pat, USA, Online Bookmaking Workshop, June 2021}


Back home after a lovely weaving break. We have taken photographs and I will forward something soon. Our B&B hosts were WONDERFUL!  And as for the weaving! What can I say – Louise was a wonderful teacher and we have both come home inspired, with wool!!!! {Pam, Scotland, Private weaving shortbreak with Louise Oppenheimer, June 2021}


“Thank you so much for this wonderful workshop! I really enjoyed to make my own refillable sketchbook! 🙂
The tutorials are very clear, so that also a person like me with more or less school english is able to understand almost all. 🙂
I am very happy with my book! It is covered with a form-colour-sketch from the Faroe Islands and inside I worked with a card I had printed from one of my paintings showing a village on the Faroe Islands. …
My son already ordered a book with/in Dobby(Harry Potter)-style.” {Annemarie, Germany, Online Bookmaking Workshop, June 2021}


” I went as a complete novice in any painting and was accompanied on the course by two other experienced painters. Liz was great, she offered support when I asked and encouraged me, but she let me get on with it without looking over me. She had a suitable light touch and she also acknowledged it as a holiday and let us have time out. We were treated like guests rather than customers. My family were amazed when I showed them my paintings for the week. Lovely accommodation too and thoroughly recommended” {Chris, UK, Summer Landscape oil painting retreat in Galloway, June 2021}


My aunt and I had a great experience with Wild at Art, from the accommodations, to our 2-day painting course, to the fresh food and meals out. The Scottish landscape, particularly the area our shortbreak introduced to us – Culcreuch Castle, Fintry – was definitely worth painting!
We so appreciated the personalization Wild At Art provided based on the hopes my aunt and I had for our experience, for example not knowing what painting medium we wanted to use, so providing all the options. Our instructor Katherine accommodated both my aunt’s interest in a beginner’s painting crash course, and my pursuit of open experimentation. We both left happy.
Thanks for a wonderful time, we’re eager to return! {Laura, New York City, Private painting experience with Katherine Cowtan, October 2019}


Cutting edge art experience at the edge of the world! {Anne, Paris, Lewis & Harris Art Experience 2019}


Our tour was truly gold star level! One of the most incredible experiences of my life! I’ve traveled extensively and the accommodations, activities, and education were superb! If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I recommend Wild at Art! {Virginia, California, Outlander Art Experience 2019}


The Outlander-inspired excursion was one of the most moving experiences I have ever done. It was not simply hit all the spots and say we had been there thing. The trip blended the initial focus of visiting the Outlander locales with a deep appreciation of the astounding culture and amazing history of this beautiful land with hands-on experiences and the opportunity to express the emotions and experience with artwork and journaling. I connected with some amazing new friends and learned much about a region I plan to visit again. {Celia, Minnesota, Outlander Art Experience 2019}


Thank you Ute & Nicky for such a heartfelt introduction to Lewis & Harris! {Deborah, Wisconsin, Lewis & Harris Art Experience 2019}


Really a superb experience of a gorgeous part of the world. Kind & comfortable accommodations, good food. Wonderful teacher, Nicky, and Ute who supported and ran the show. What else can you ask for? {Rose, Oregon, Lewis & Harris Art Experience 2019}


I loved the Outlander Art Experience. We saw all the obvious Outlander locations and many more. We learned about the Jacobites and Scottish Folklore and Printing and 18thC Herbal Medicine. It was outstanding! Wild at Art Scotland will give you a unique look at the scenery and history of Scotland and you will have such a great time you will be anxious to return. {Diana, California, Outlander Art Experience 2019}


The arrangement, program and your presence were perfect to allow for me to just be and reach the creative space. Combination Ute & Nicky is exquisite, professional, flexible, caring. {Lilian, Sweden, Lewis & Harris Art Experience 2019}


Are these not the rain blessed Hebrides?
Where stones rein and trees struggle in vein?
Where the weather forecast is always the same?

The simple everyday pleasure is wandering on the machair,
hugging stones, absorbing colors, searching purple linings in the horizon
whilst sipping raindrops from our lips.

Art has neither end nor beginning.
Brush strokes neither start nor finish.
And the universe remains there waiting….
for our brains to meet it’s infinity in color.

I shall never forget the shared desire
to paint and explore together.
In this place where we created a world in a world,
where we helped each other to see.

We came with the plane
and went with the rain,
trusting that the stones, peat, gneiss and rain
will always remain.

Lilian, Stockholm


Had a wonderful tour of Scotland & “Outlander” filming locations, with time to sketch, draw and paint. Informative workshops in printmaking and herb lore, as well. The best part of traveling with Wild at Art was meeting new friends and becoming part of a group with common interests, love of learning and joy of camaraderie. I highly recommend this tour group for travels through Scotland! {Maura, Connecticut, Outlander Art Experience 2019}


The Outlander Art Experience surpassed my expectations in so many ways. The locations were well chosen, and everything was very organized. The entire trip was amazing as well as educational from learning about herbs, learning new art techniques, and soaking up some Nicky’s vast knowledge of Scottish history and culture. I actually would repeat this very same experience. Ute and Nicky are the best. {Henrietta, Georgia, Outlander Art Experience 2019}


Wonderfully planned- a great way to see and learn about many exciting locations in the beautiful land of Scotland! So much to see- everything was an inspiration for art and memories. We were well-cared-for. Highly recommend Wild at Art! {Kirsten, Minnesota, Outlander Art Experience 2019}


I continue to return to my time in Edinburgh, the lessons and locations, by my sketches and paintings, pleasantly reminiscing on what a wonderful experience it was. {Don, California, tailor made watercolour painting experience with Leo du Feu, June 2019}


Lots of inspiration. Beautiful outings and sightseeing. Good company. {Karin, Denmark, Lewis & Harris Art Experience 2019}


Extraordinary beautiful scenery, inspiring teacher, very well organised. {Ulla, Sweden, Lewis & Harris Art Experience 2019}


If someone asks me “should I go on this holiday?” I’ll say “absolutely!” {Penny, Australia, on the Lewis & Harris art holiday 2018}


I very much appreciated both of you – your thoughtfulness, attention to detail, flexibility and knowledge. {Cynthia, Canada}


This was my best holiday in Scotland (I often go there). Very good hotels and food, great places to paint. It was wonderful how Wild at Art looked after us – they were helpful, warm and personal. The artist gave good support and many new ideas. I hope I’ll get a trip with Wild at Art next year. {Birgit from Berlin, Germany}


The best bits about my Wild at Art experience? – Ellen, Scotland, Susan [Winton], villages, castles, sea, lovely fellow painters. {Lynne from Toronto}


I enjoyed my first experience with Wild at Art very much. Everyone was so friendly and we had lots of fun. {Mary from Leicestershire}


For me, stone carving was always a secret dream — a mysterious craft, something only true artists could achieve: liberated, initiated people who had chosen their vocation courageously, rising above the petty fears of average people like me, who preferred to be on the safe side of life with a regular income and insurances for all sorts of mishaps in life. So I thought. {Birgit from Dueren, Germany}


I feel I’m at the verge of an addiction {Julia from East Lothian, Scotland, about how much she enjoyed the stonecarving course…}

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