Small group holidays & retreats

Small group art workshop holidays, creative retreats & art cruises in Scotland

Our immersive creative experiences combine art workshops with handpicked accommodation and eateries, visits to galleries and exhibitions, and more.

Develop your art skills in Scotland’s dramatic landscapes, in the company of like-hearted creative travelers. Smell the sea breeze and wildflowers, learn about our rich history, 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. We are part of the Responsible Travel community and believe that with the right vision and values tourism can make a positive difference to local communities, economies and environments.

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2021 Programme of art holidays and creative retreats

Inspired by Nature: Introduction to traditional jewellery techniques
Dates: 28 January – 1 February 2021 (please note: due to the ongoing uncertainty we’re re-scheduling this creative break to October 2021 – dates will be confirmed soon)
Location: Perth, Scotland
Tutor: Roberta Pederzoli
Activity: Jewellery making, silver jewellery
Best suitable for beginners

Fabric of an Island ~ Drawing, painting & walking on the Isle of Iona
Dates: 8-15 May 2021
Location: Isle of Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Tutor: Janet Melrose
Activity: drawing & painting (mixed media)
Suitable for all skills levels

Drawing from the Land – Drawing & painting holiday in the Outer Hebrides
Dates: 23-30 May 2021 (5 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: 4-6 June 2021
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)

Outlander Art Experience
Dates: 27 June – 8 July 2021
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

Sense of Place – Drawing & painting in the Outer Hebrides
Dates: 22 – 31 August 2021 (6 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!

Over the Sea to Skye – Small ship painting & wildlife cruise 
Dates: 1-7 September 2021
Departure & destination harbour: Mallaig
Locations en route: Isle of Skye; Small Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck & Ornsay
Tutor: Nicky Sanderson
Activity: Drawing & painting (watercolour & mixed media); Wildlife watching (also wild swimming, if you wish)

Magical Orkney ~ Drawing & watercolour painting holiday in Orkney
Dates: 11-18 September 2021
Location: Orkney islands
Tutor: Leo du Feu
Activity: landscape mixed media drawing and painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Gongoozler Scottish Canal Art Experience
Dates: 23-29 September 2021
Location: Linlithgow (by Edinburgh) and Union Canal
Tutor: Lesley Banks
Activity: drawing & painting (acrylics and mixed media)
Suitable for all skills levels

Skye Textile Experience 
Textile tour with workshops, talks, visits and stories all about textile and fibre art & crafts on the Isle of Skye
Dates: 1-9 October 2021
Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Tutors: Various
Activities: Weaving, spinning, yarn dyeing, knitting, felting & more
Suitable for all creative skill levels

Rediscovering a sense of possibility ~ creative retreat in Orkney
Dates: 20-27 November 2021
Hosts: Margaret Soraya & Ute Amann-Seidel
Location: Stromness, Orkney Islands
Activities: creative journaling, photography, drawing, painting & other creative treats

Save the dates for these other experiences (info coming soon – contact us to register your interest):

10-20 June 2021: Outlander Art Experience II with Nicky Sanderson and guest tutors (currently by invitation only)

Looking ahead to 2022

Come Gie’s a Sang: Singing holiday in Traditional Scots Song 
Dates: 13-18 April 2022
Tutor: Robyn Stapleton
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Activity: singing
No previous experience required

Drawing from the Land – Drawing & painting holiday in the Outer Hebrides (see 2020 trip for info)
Dates: 22-29 May 2022 – not open for bookings yet, but you can register your interest here
Location: North Uist and Lewis & Harris (Outer Hebrides)
Tutor: Ellis O’Connor
Activity: mixed media drawing and painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Sense of Place – Drawing & painting in the Outer Hebrides (see 2020 trip for info)
Dates: 21 – 30 August 2022 – not open for bookings yet, but you can register your interest here
Location: Lewis & Harris, Outer Hebrides
Tutor: Nicky Sanderson
Medium: mainly watercolour, inks, charcoal, pencil, graphite
Suitable for all skills levels

Hebridean Wildscapes – Small ship art cruise of the Inner Hebrides
Dates: 4-10 September 2022
Location: Oban, Mull, Morvern Peninsula, Loch Linnhe, Oronsay (Inner Hebrides, Scotland)
Tutor: Ellis O’Connor
Activity: landscape mixed media drawing and painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Skye Textile Experience  (see 2020 trip for info)
Textile tour with workshops, talks, visits and stories all about textile and fibre art & crafts on the Isle of Skye
Dates: 30 September – 8 October 2022 – not open for bookings yet, but you can register your interest here
Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Tutors: Various
Activities: Weaving, spinning, yarn dyeing, knitting, felting & more
Suitable for all creative skill levels

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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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