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. Click on the links below to find out more about our friendly small group experiences. You can also sign up for our mailing list if you’d like to receive the newsletter we send out once a month or so – sign up here.

2021 Programme of art holidays and creative retreats

Amazing Argyll Landscapes ~ Painting retreat in Argyll Dates: 2-8 May 2021 Location: Loch Melfort, by Oban, Argyll Tutor: Karen Beauchamp Activity: drawing & painting (various media) Suitable for all skills levels

Fabric of an Island ~ Drawing, painting & walking on the Isle of Iona Dates: 8-15 May 2021 (please note – this experience has been rescheduled for May 2022) 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 (cancelled  – see April 2022) 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)

Summer landscape oil painting Dates: 5-12 June 2021(1 room left) Location: Galloway, South of Scotland Tutor: Liz Gilbey Activity: Oil painting, incl. plein air painting Suitable for all skills levels

Amazing Argyll Landscapes ~ Painting retreat in Argyll Dates: 13-19 June 2021 Location: Loch Melfort, by Oban, Argyll Tutor: Karen Beauchamp Activity: drawing & painting (various media) Suitable for all skills levels

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 (5 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

Amazing Argyll Landscapes ~ Painting retreat in Argyll Dates: 19-25 September or 26 September-2 October 2021 Location: Loch Melfort, by Oban, Argyll Tutor: Karen Beauchamp Activity: drawing & painting (various media) 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

Amazing Argyll Landscapes ~ Painting retreat in Argyll Dates: 10-16 October 2021 Location: Loch Melfort, by Oban, Argyll Tutor: Karen Beauchamp Activity: drawing & painting (various media) Suitable for all skills levels

Inspired by Nature: Introduction to traditional jewellery techniques Dates: 21-24 October 2021 Location: Perth, Scotland Tutor: Roberta Pederzoli Activity: Jewellery making, silver jewellery Best suitable for beginners

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

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  Dates: 17-24 April 2022 Location: North Uist and Lewis & Harris (Outer Hebrides) Tutor: Ellis O’Connor Activity: mixed media drawing and painting Suitable for all skills levels

Fabric of an Island ~ Drawing, painting & walking on the Isle of Iona Dates: 6-13 May 2022 Location: Isle of Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland Tutor: Janet Melrose Activity: drawing & painting (mixed media) 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: 2-8 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 2021 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

Also scheduled for 2022 (info coming soon – contact us to register your interest): 30 June – 10 July 2022: Outlander Art Experience II – the Alumni Tour – with Nicky Sanderson and guest tutors (currently by invitation only) Sign up for our newsletter so we can keep you posted! 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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