Art & creative holidays and retreats

Small group art workshop holidays and retreats in Scotland

Our holiday packages combine art experiences for the skilled and beginners, eager to be creative and travel with other artists while on holidays in Scotland, with handpicked accommodation and eateries, visits to galleries and exhibitions, and more.

Develop your art skills in Scotland’s dramatic landscapes. Smell the sea breeze and wildflowers, explore the Highlands and islands….the winding streets of ancient villages and the buzz in our cities. Let them all inspire your art!

Every year we organise some ready-to-book art experiences on which we can take between 5 and 12 guests, depending on the package and activity. These high quality residential packages are built around a tutored art course led by one of our artists.

All our tours are created with love and much attention to detail. Click on the links below to find out more:

2019 Programme of art holidays and creative retreats

Free the Creative Powers – Drawing & painting on Kintyre
Dates: 28 April – 4 May 2019 Fully booked
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Fiona Macrae
Activity: Drawing and Painting – medium is your choice
Suitable for all skills levels

Discover Colour and Pattern in the Landscape – drawing, painting & printmaking in Kintyre
Dates: 19 – 25 May 2019 Fully booked
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Karen Beauchamp
Activity: drawing, painting & printmaking
Suitable for all skills levels

New Ways of Looking – Drawing & Painting in Kintyre
Dates: 2 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Hannah Tofts
Activity: Drawing & painting – medium is your choice
Suitable for all skills levels

Outlander Art Experience
Dates: 30 June – 9 July 2019 Fully booked
Location: various (starts and finishes in Linlithgow by Edinburgh)
Tutors: Nicky Sanderson (sketchbook journaling & watercolour) and guest tutors (printmaking, creative writing, herbalism)
Activity: Sketchbook journaling with watercolour & mixed media (also includes a half-day printmaking class and a session on traditional herbal remedies as used by Claire and Geillis in the series)
Suitable for all skills levels

High Summer Landscape Oil Painting
Dates: 6 – 13 July 2019
Location: near Kirkcudbright, Galloway, South West of Scotland
Tutor: Elizabeth Gilbey
Activity: oil painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Drawing & painting in the Outer Hebrides (Lewis & Harris)
Dates: 25 August – 1 September 2019 Fully booked
Location: Lewis & Harris, Outer Hebrides
Tutor: Nicky Sanderson
Medium: mainly watercolour, inks, charcoal, pencil, graphite
Suitable for all skills levels – check out some photos from the 2018 tour here!

New ways of looking – Drawing & Painting in Kintyre
Dates: 1 – 7 September 2019 Fully booked
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Hannah Tofts
Activity: Painting – medium is your choice
Suitable for all skills levels

Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Painting Cruise
Dates: 8-14 September 2019 Fully booked – you can register your interest for a 2020 art cruise
Departure location: Oban 
Arrival location: Inverness
Tutor: Anthea Gage 
Activity: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Mixed media
Suitable for all skills levels

Elemental Landscape – Design and Texture
Dates: 22-28 September 2019 Fully booked
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Karen Beauchamp
Activity: painting, design & printmaking
Suitable for all skills levels

Scottish Castles and Sea Lochs Photography Cruise
Dates: 24-29 September 2019 
Location: Isle of Mull (Inner Hebrides), Loch Linnhe
Tutor: Jose-Ann Shackleton
Activity: Photography
Suitable for all skills levels

Autumn Colours Painting Shortbreak at Culcreuch Castle
Dates: 25-28 October 2019 (only 1 place left)
Location: Culcreuch Castle, Fintry, Stirlingshire
Tutor: Katherine Cowtan
Activity: Painting (medium of choice)
Suitable for all skills levels

Landscape photography retreat on the Isle of Harris
Dates: 10-16 November 2019 (2 places left)
Location: Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Tutor: Margaret Soraya
Activity. Landscape photography
Suitable for all skills levels

2020 Programme of art holidays and creative retreats

Creative photography retreat in the Scottish Highlands
Dates: 15 – 21 March 2020
Location: Glen Lyon, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Activity: analogue and digital photography
Tutor: Dave Hunt
Suitable for all skills levels

Hidden Treasures – Painting and Creative Retreat
Dates: 3 – 10 April 2020 (7 places left)
Location: Rosely, Arbroath, Angus
Tutor: Kate Cunningham
Activity: painting (various media), drawing, creative writing
Suitable for all skills levels

Spring Landscape Oil Painting
Dates: 3 – 10 May 2020
Location: near Kirkcudbright, Galloway, South West of Scotland
Tutor: Elizabeth Gilbey
Activity: oil painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Drawing from the Land – Drawing & painting holiday in the Outer Hebrides
Dates: 10 – 17 May 2020 (2 places left)
Location: North Uist and Lewis & Harris (Outer Hebrides)
Tutor: Ellis O’Connor
Activity: mixed media drawing and painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Peregrinatio: a Scottish wilderness retreat in the Inner Hebrides
Dates: 22 – 24 May 2020
Retreat leader: Chris Goan
Activity: time out from activity; poetry; hiking; meditation; you may want to bring your sketchbook and paints
Location: a Hebridean island, Scotland (exact location tbc)

High Summer Landscape Oil Painting
Dates: 13 – 20 June 2020 
Location: near Kirkcudbright, Galloway, South West of Scotland
Tutor: Elizabeth Gilbey
Activity: oil painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Outlander Art Experience 
Dates: 28 June – 9 July 2020 (6 places left)
Location: various (starts and finishes in Linlithgow by Edinburgh)
Tutors: Nicky Sanderson (sketchbook journaling & watercolour) and guest tutors (printmaking, creative writing, herbalism)
Activity: Sketchbook journaling with watercolour & mixed media (also includes a half-day printmaking class and a session on traditional herbal remedies as used by Claire and Geillis in the series)
Suitable for all skills levels

Painting week with castle stay in Stirlingshire No single supplement!
Dates: 12 – 17 July 2020 (8 places left)
Location: Culcreuch Castle, Fintry, Stirlingshire
Tutor: Ewen Duncan
Activity: drawing & painting (various mediums)
Suitable for all skills levels

Drawing & painting in the Outer Hebrides
Dates: 23 – 30 August 2020 (7 places left)
Location: Lewis & Harris, Outer Hebrides
Tutor: Nicky Sanderson
Medium: mainly watercolour, inks, charcoal, pencil, graphite
Suitable for all skills levels – check out some photos from the 2019 tour here!

Scottish Canal Art Experience
Dates: 9-14 September 2020 (9 places left)
Location: Linlithgow and Union Canal
Tutor: Lesley Banks
Activity: drawing & painting (acrylics and mixed media)
Suitable for all skills levels

Landscape photography retreat in the Outer Hebrides
Dates: 12-18 September 2020 (5 places left)
Location: Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Tutors: Margaret Soraya & Paul Sanders
Activity. Landscape photography
Suitable for all skills levels

Come Gie’s a Sang: Singing holiday in Traditional Scots Song
Dates: 25-30 October 2020 (new dates!)
Tutor: Robyn Stapleton
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

To find out more about our singing holidays visit here

Also coming soon: Art & Photography retreat in Orkney
Dates: 3-10 November 2020
Hosts: Margaret Soraya & Ute Amann-Seidel
Location: Stromness, Orkney Islands

Save the date (info coming soon):

22-31 August 2021: Drawing and painting in Lewis & Harris with Nicky Sanderson

11-18 September 2021: Watercolour painting in Orkney with Leo du Feu

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If none of these fit with your preferred travel dates and interests check out our menu of short breaks with flexible dates. We can also put together a tailor made experience for you or arrange one of the above itineraries exclusively for your group. Find out more…

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