Calanish Standing Stones
Isle of Lewis © Ute Amann-Seidel

Sense of Place - Painting tour of Lewis & Harris, Outer Hebrides

From £3240 per adult

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August — August

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20-29 August 2023: This unique Wild at Art vacation on the isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides is led by artist Nicky Sanderson. We bring alive the human and natural history of this unique location to inform our art.

Be inspired by the most ancient landscapes in Europe, the magical stones of Calanais, the colours of the moorland and rocks, the dark hills and bright beaches of Harris. The more we look at the sea, the sky and the hills, harbours and villages, the more layers of colour we discover.

This vacation combines travelling with your pencils and paints to discover the roots of a civilisation and the raw beauty of its isolation on the edge of the British Isles, with indoor studio work to develop paintings and sketches further. From two different base locations – Stornoway in Lewis and Tarbert in Harris – we visit different sites, often working in plein air, with indoor alternatives to suit any weather. You will feel a connection to nature as you explore this landscape formed 3,400 million years ago, still sculpted today by wind and rain and human hand.

Drawing with mixed media in your sketchbook, using graphite, charcoal and ink, along with quick washes of colour from your paints provides a record of your experience and the basis of further work. We work with waterbased paint – watercolour or acrylics – and add elements of collage if we wish. The course is suitable for all skills levels.

The tour includes:

– 7.5 days of workshop tuition in different locations

– 9 nights hotel accommodation (Cabarfeidh Hotel in Stornoway, Harris Hotel in Tarbert)

– 9 full Scottish breakfasts

– Welcome drinks and 3-course welcome dinner with wine on arrival night

– 3-course farewell dinner with wine on the last night

– In-between nibbles on workshop days

– Minibus transport when travelling as a group while on the island (from and to Stornoway)

– Some art materials

– Studio hire fees

– Entry fee to blackhouse village

– And a member of the Wild at Art team will be with the group throughout to ensure guests are well looked after.

We aim to offer the best balance between touring the islands and working in an indoor studio. Lewis & Harris is a large island so be prepared for some minibus travel between different locations!

Flights and travel to/from the island are not included. Personal travel insurance is required.

We can also arrange this experience exclusively for your group. For availability and group prices please contact us.

COVID-19 information

This business has confirmed that they have implemented, and will ensure ongoing compliance with, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels protocols. The Safe Travels stamp is based on self-assessment and it is not a certification.

Contact details

Wild at Art Ltd
Argyle & Bute
PA23 7SB
Minibus Walking
Bespoke Small Group (1-16)
Art History Landscapes

Tour prices


  • £3240 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


Tour company information

Wild at Art Ltd

Are you an artist looking to develop your skills, with the stunning Scottish scenery, colours and light as inspiration? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, paint, take fine art photographs, make your own silver jewellery – why not do it while on holidays in Scotland? Experience Scotland differently with Wild at Art, with guidance from some of the best Scottish artists: Art vacations / Kreativurlaub / painting / drawing / stonecarving / jewellery / silversmithing / singing / printmaking / creative writing / knitting / pottery / photography / weaving

Opening times

All year round

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