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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2020 Programme of art holidays and creative retreats

Because of the coronavirus situation we’ve had to re-schedule many of our trips to next year – see 2021 dates for details.

Sense of Place – Drawing & painting in the Outer Hebrides
Dates: 23 – 30 August 2020 (see August 2021)
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 (2 spaces available)
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 (rescheduled: see 23-29 September 2021)
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 (cancelled due to Covid-19 disruption)
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 (check availability)
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 – (rescheduled for 13-18 April 2022)
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
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

Inspired by Nature: Introduction to traditional jewellery techniques
Dates: 28 January – 1 February 2021
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 (6 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 (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!

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

Rediscovering a sense of possibility ~ creative retreat in Orkney – info coming soon
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)

1-9 October 2021: Skye Textiles Experience – info coming soon. This amazing new creative experience will include the best the Isle of Skye has to offer in terms of textile art and crafts: workshops in weaving, natural yarn dyeing, spinning and felting; visits to craft studios and galleries; storytelling and much more. So, save the date! 

More trips to be added soon…

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

Sense of Place – Drawing & painting in the Outer Hebrides
Dates: 21 – 30 August 2022
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

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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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