Art & creative holidays and 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:

2020 Programme of art holidays and creative retreats

Creative photography retreat in the Scottish Highlands
Dates: 15 – 21 March 2020 (closed for bookings)
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 (to be rescheduled)
Location: Rosely, Arbroath, Angus
Tutor: Kate Cunningham
Activity: painting (various media), drawing, creative writing
Suitable for all skills levels

Free the Creative Powers – Drawing & painting on Kintyre
Dates: 3 – 9 May 2020 (rescheduled)
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Fiona Macrae
Activity: Drawing and Painting – medium is your choice
Suitable for all skills levels

Spring Landscape Oil Painting
Dates: 3 – 10 May 2020 (to be rescheduled)
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  (unavailable due to coronavirus situation – see May 2021)
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 (to be rescheduled)
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)

Drawing, Mark Making & Imagination – Drawing & Painting in Kintyre
Dates: 24 – 30 May 2020 (rescheduled- see September)
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Lizzie Rose
Activity: Drawing & painting (various media)
Suitable for all skills levels

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 (5 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

High Summer Landscape Oil Painting
Dates: 4-11 July 2020
Location: near Kirkcudbright, Galloway, South West of Scotland
Tutor: Elizabeth Gilbey
Activity: oil painting
Suitable for all skills levels

Artist-friendly Hebridean wildlife cruise
Dates: 19-22 August 2020 (3 places left)
Tutor: Untutored but accompanied by Wild at Art; experienced ecologists aboard
Activity: Wildlife watching, lots of opportunities for drawing & painting, some creative writing
Departure: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Destination: Portree, Isle of Skye (option to continue to Mallaig, transport back to Stornoway is also available)
Locations en route: Loch Sealg, Shiant Islands

Drawing & painting in the Outer Hebrides
Dates: 23 – 30 August 2020 (2 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!

Free the Creative Powers – Drawing & painting on Kintyre
Dates: 6-12 September 2020
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Fiona Macrae
Activity: Drawing and Painting – medium is your choice
Suitable for all skills levels

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 (fully booked)
Location: Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Tutors: Margaret Soraya & Paul Sanders
Activity: Landscape photography
Suitable for all skills levels

Landscape & the Imagination – Drawing & Painting in Kintyre
Dates: 20-26 September 2020
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Lizzie Rose
Activity: Drawing & painting (various media)
Suitable for all skills levels

Elemental Landscape – Design and Texture
Dates: 27 September – 3 October 2020 (fully booked)
Location: Tarbert, Argyll
Tutor: Karen Beauchamp
Activity: painting, design & printmaking
Suitable for all skills levels

Come Gie’s a Sang: Singing holiday in Traditional Scots Song
Dates: 25-30 October 2020
Tutor: Robyn Stapleton
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Activity: singing
No previous experience required

To find out more about our singing holidays visit here

Rediscovering a sense of possibility ~ creative retreat in Orkney
Dates: 3-10 November 2020 (8 places left)
Hosts: Margaret Soraya & Ute Amann-Seidel
Location: Stromness, Orkney Islands
Activities: creative journaling, photography, drawing, painting & other creative treats

2021 Programme of art holidays and creative retreats

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 (8 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

Hebridean Wildscapes – Small ship art cruise of the Inner Hebrides
Dates: 18-24 August 2021
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: 11-18 September 2021
Location: Orkney islands
Tutor: Leo du Feu
Activity: landscape mixed media drawing and painting
Suitable for all skills levels

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 Sandersonand guest tutors 

27 June – 8 July 2021: Outlander Art Experience with Nicky Sanderson and guest tutors

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

1-7 September 2021: Over the Sea to Skye – Wildlife cruise with landscape painting course

16-23 October 2021: Immersive photography and creative retreat in the Scottish Highlands 

More trips to be added soon…

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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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