Autumn Colours Painting at Culcreuch Castle with Katherine Cowtan

Autumn colours painting workshop with Katherine Cowtan at Culcreuch Castle in Stirlingshire

Stay at a medieval Scottish castle and let its history and stunning surroundings inspire your art. Katherine Cowtan, artist in residence at Culcreuch Castle in Stirlingshire, will lead this 2 day small group workshop.

At a glance

Dates: 25-28 October 2019
Activity: Oil or watercolour or watercolour with mixed media painting
Tutor: Katherine Cowtan
Duration: 2 full days of tuition, 3 overnight stays
Location: Culcreuch Castle, Fintry, Stirlingshire
Accommodation: Culcreuch Castle hotel
Price: £595 per person
Suitable for any artistic skill level


Your workshop and tutor – Katherine Cowtan

Artist Katherine Cowtan
Katherine Cowtan

Katherine is the artist in residence at Culcreuch Castle and takes her inspiration from the surrounding hills, lochs and woods. She loves bringing guests from all over the world up close to the seasons, light and colours of the local landscape and guide them in their artistic work.  You can find out more about her and see examples of her work on her profile page.

Using the media of your choice the workshop will start off with mixing colours and colour matching inspired by the beautiful autumn colours. We will then sketch and paint (hopefully in the grounds, weather permitting), using knowledge learned earlier. On the second day you will be able to continue your exploration of mixing and matching colours in more depth or develop your own work further at your own pace.

The workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced painters alike.

If you chose to work in oils we can ship your finished pieces to your home address at an additional cost, once dry.

Sunshine & Daffodils at Culcreuch Castle-1

Culcreuch Castle & surroundings

Culcreuch Castle is a fine imposing former fortalice located in an impressive setting in the Campsie Fells near Stirling. Overlooking the larger of its private lochs, surrounded by parkland grounds and exotic trees and with the steeply wooded hillside behind, it has stood for the first four centuries of its life as the ancestral home of the Clan Galbraith. The main part of the Castle comprises a medieval tower with a Georgian wing added later. The walls are over 5′ 6″ thick in places.

Culcreuch Castle with blossoming tree2

Culcreuch Castle has many fine features, including a remarkable Bottle Dungeon, so called as the bottle shape meant a prisoner could not lie down, an Aumbry (normally only seen in ancient monasteries) and in the Chinese Bird Room hand painted oriental wall paper that dates from 1723.

The castle’s central location makes so many attractive things to do and see in your free time very accessible that making a choice will be tricky – walking by the gorgeous Loch Lomond National Park, hiking in the Campsie Fells, visiting Glengoyne Distillery, and much more. We’ll give you plenty of recommendations!


Day 1 – Arrival at Culcreuch Castle. Check in is from 2pm. We will have plenty recommendations of things to do and see in your information pack.

Days 2 and 3 – The art workshop runs from 10am to 4pm, including a lunch break.

Day 4 – departure day. Check out is by 11am.

Additional workshop and accommodation days can be arranged.

Price & what’s included

The price for this experience is £595 per person. Here’s what’s included in the package price:

– 2 full days of art tuition
– 3 nights accommodation at Culcreuch Castle hotel
– 3 x breakfasts
– 3 x lunches (home made soup and sandwiches)
– 3 x evening meals
– 2 x mid morning tea/coffee with shortbread & brownies
– 2 x mid afternoon tea/coffee with scone
– tea/coffee on arrival
– welcome drink on arrival evening
– use of drawing boards, paper, pencils, masking tape
– detailed pre-travel information, including insider recommendations of things to do and see
– welcome gift

Bring your own favourite painting materials. We will send you a list of recommended materials in advance. Alternatively we can provide materials at cost. Contact us if you would prefer to arrive on the first workshop day (before 10am on Saturday 26 October) or leave right after the workshop finishes (4pm on Sunday 27 October), i.e. if you require fewer accommodation nights.

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