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.

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2022 Programme of art holidays and creative retreats

Every year we run a small number of hand-crafted small-group creative experiences in different locations. For photos and feedback from past experiences click here

Check out what we’ve planned for you for 2022: 

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 (fully booked – waiting list only)
Location: Isle of Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Tutor: Janet Melrose
Activity: drawing & painting (mixed media)
Suitable for all skills levels

Summer landscape oil painting
Dates: 18-25 June 2022 (fully booked – waiting list only) 
Location: Galloway, South of Scotland
Tutor: Liz Gilbey
Activity: Oil painting, incl. plein air painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Outlander Art Experience  
Dates: 18-27 June 2022 – Closed for bookings
Location: various (starts and finishes in Linlithgow by Edinburgh)
Tutors: Nicky Sanderson (sketchbook journaling & watercolour) and guest tutors (tartan and kiltmaking, herbalism)
Activity: Sketchbook journaling with watercolour & mixed media (also includes a half-day tartan and kilt workshop 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: 21 – 30 August 2022 Fully booked (waiting list only) but you can register your interest for August 2023
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  Closed for bookings
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

Magical Orkney ~ Drawing & watercolour painting holiday in Orkney  
Dates: 9-16 September 2022 (fully booked – wait list only) 
Location: Orkney islands
Tutor: Leo du Feu
Activity: landscape mixed media drawing and painting
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: 30 September – 8 October 2022 (3 places left)
Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Tutors: Various
Activities: Weaving, spinning, yarn dyeing, knitting, felting & more
Suitable for all creative skill levels

And looking ahead to 2023 (detailed info will follow in due time): 

May 2023 – Creative retreat, Isle of Iona, Inner Hebrides
June 2023 – Sacred Geometry of the Scottish Landscape, Orkney
June 2023 – Outlander Art Experience 
August 2023 – Drawing & Painting in Lewis & Harris, Outer Hebrides
September 2023 – Drawing & Painting in Orkney
October 2023 – Skye Textile Experience 

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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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