Outer Hebrides Painting Holiday April 2022


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    Wild At Art

    Our love of Scotland and passion for art and everything creative are the starting points for the Wild at Art experiences we plan for you. For years we’ve been exploring Scotland’s vibrant art, crafts and culture so we can package things we like, to bring you up close and personal with them.

    • ActivitiesLandscape painting; Mixed media drawing & painting
    • Dates17-24 April 2022
    • LocationNorth Uist and Lewis & Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Drawing from the Land ~ Drawing & painting holiday with Ellis O’Connor in the Outer Hebrides islands

    With guidance from local artist Ellis O’Connor we will be working with a variety of media on paper – including acrylic paints, charcoal, conte, water based inks and chalk pastels – to capture the wild beauty of the Outer Hebrides. Visiting different locations on the isles of North Uist and Lewis & Harris, we will be working in the studio and outdoors exploring the various ways in which to approach mark making, using mixed mediums to create texture, detail and depth whilst learning many techniques of drawing and painting to capture the spirit of the surrounding environment.

    Join us for an inspirational and dynamic week of drawing and painting in an extraordinary setting. Each day will involve going to iconic as well as less well know spots in the Outer Hebrides to work and gather inspiration from the vibrant landscapes, big skies and wild waters. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in creativity and the natural elements in the Scottish islands!


    Ellis O’Connor

    Ellis is a contemporary landscape artist based in North Uist. The dynamic energy to be seen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the landscape; ‘the movement and rhythms of the sea and the land … the merging of sea with air, advancing rain and mist, ever changing light – elements that seem to be about something intangible.’

    In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces. Ellis loves helping others cultivating a deeper understanding of the natural environment and describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.

    Read more about Ellis and see examples of her own work on her profile page.

    “I find meaning in the turbulent and chaotic ways of the landscape and elements around me. Everything is temporary, everything is shifting, we can only flow with it not against it.”

    Price & inclusions

    • 6 days of drawing and painting workshops with Ellis O’Connor in different locations
    • 7 nights hotel accommodation (Cabarfeidh Hotel in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis & Hamersay House on North Uist)
    • 7 full Scottish breakfasts
    • Welcome drinks and 3-course welcome dinner on arrival night
    • Refreshments and in-between nibbles on workshop days
    • Minibus transport when travelling as a group while on the islands (from and to Stornoway)
    • All workshop materials
    • Studio hire fees
    • And a member of the Wild at Art team will be with the group throughout to ensure guests are well looked after

    The cost of this trip is £2340 per person on the basis of two guests sharing a room. The supplement for single occupancy is £260. A non-refundable deposit of £450 is required at the time of booking, the rest is due 8 weeks before the start date.

    Flights and travel to/from the island are not included, as are meals other than those listed above. Personal travel insurance is required.

    Getting there

    This vacation starts and finishes in Stornoway – we will be happy to advise on how to get there. 

    International travellers are best to include flights to and from Stornoway when booking travel. Alternatively, Caledonian MacBrayne runs a regular ferry service from Ullapool to Stornoway.

    COVID-19 Information

    We can’t wait to run creative experiences and welcome guests to our beautiful country again. In the meantime we have to be patient and stick to the official guidance around Covid-19. Once we start back, you can be reassured that all precautions will be in place to keep you safe so you can travel with peace of mind.

    To stay informed, we recommend you visit the UK Government website as well as the Scottish Government site where they are updating the situation daily.

    New bookings – update

    We understand that in these uncertain times flexibility is key when making any travel plans for the future and we want to make sure our guests can book with confidence.

    Easy registration

    Considering the ongoing travel restrictions and quarantine rules we temporarily offer an easy registration option for bookings made between 16 September 2020 and 31 March 2021. This is how it works:

    • You can register for any 2021 trip with a low, non-refundable registration fee of just GBP100 instead of the regular deposit stated in the description. The registration fee will later count as credit towards the full cost of the trip.
    • We will review the situation once there is more clarity. If it looks likely that you’ll be able to travel and without having to quarantine, we will send an invoice for the remaining deposit. Otherwise we’ll discuss options with you.

    We trust that you only register if you plan to join the trip providing travel from your country to the UK is possible and you wouldn’t have to quarantine once you get here.

    Additional flexibility

    All bookings made between 1 June and 31 March 2021 also have additional flexibility in that you can move your booking up until 10 weeks before departure to any future date within 24 months of your original holiday date.

    All other terms and conditions remain the same- click here for more information.

    We wish to reassure you that as a member of The Travel Vault all payments made to Wild at Art Ltd are protected through financial failure insurance and therefore as a customer you have 100% financial security.


    Day 1Arrive to Stornoway

    You arrive in Stornoway in your own time. We meet at our accommodation, the 4-star Cabarfeidh Hotel, in the evening for a welcome reception, introduction to the week and 3-course dinner with wine.

    Day 2Isle of Harris

    After breakfast we depart for the Isle of Harris. After a stop at the famous, must-see Luskentyre Beach with its white sands and turquoise water, we head to our exquisite studio base for the afternoon, the Talla Na Mara centre overlooking Niseabost Beach. Lunch will be pre-booked for us at Talla Na Mara’s Machair restaurant. In this afternoon workshop session Ellis will introduce us to the materials and give demonstrations as we begin our creative work inspired by the sights and impressions we’ve gathered so far.

    From Talla Na Mara it’s just a short drive to Leverburgh from where we’ll take the ferry to Lochmaddy in North Uist and to Hamersay House, our accommodation base for the next 4 nights.

    Days 3-5North Uist

    The workshop itinerary during our stay in North Uist will take us to the best bits of this stunning island, including Clachan Sands, Hosta Beach, Berneray West Beach and Langass Woodland. We also visit Taigh Chearsabhagh, the island’s arts hub, and will use an indoor studio space as the weather and our creative workplan require. Accommodation is Hamersay House.

    Day 6 Harris

    After breakfast we check out of our hotel to travel back to Harris by ferry, and from there to Lewis where another highlight and iconic landmark awaits us: the world-famous Calanais Stones. where we will spend the afternoon drawing and painting – weather depending either by the stones or at the visitor centre, where we will also have lunch. Around 5pm we head back to the Cabarfeidh Hotel in Stornoway, our accommodation for another two nights.

    Day 7 Stornoway

    A day in Stornoway to do some more exploring and painting at your leisure. The studio space at Lews Castle will be available all day and Ellis will also be at hand for guidance. Near the end of the painting day we will do a mini exhibition and review session of the group’s work.

    Day 8 Final Day

    Time to say goodbye after breakfast. You leave inspired and chances are you’ll have fallen in love with the islands :).

    We aim to offer the best balance between touring the islands and working in an indoor studio. Please be prepared for some minibus travel between different locations!

    Please note: this is a prospective itinerary and subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the interests of the group. The itinerary is based on careful selection of suppliers and is accurate at the time of publication. But should it be necessary, Wild at Art reserves the right to make changes.