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Cairngorms: autumn in the Highlands

Event info

A residential workshop in the Scottish Highlands.

Tickets will go on sale on 9th February.

The Cairngorms is the 2nd largest National Park in Scotland and has a huge mass of woodland, beautiful lochs and mountains awaiting any keen landscape photographer to explore. This week-long workshop will find us in the most exquisite places for mist and autumn colour as well as exploring areas that afford grand vistas over the Spey valley and the Cairngorm mountain range itself. Mark will be on hand throughout each day offering advice, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this beautiful and dramatic location.

Accommodation and transport

We will be based at the lovely Rowan Tree Hotel in Aviemore where Dinner, Bed and Breakfast are included in the price. 

Transport will be provided throughout the workshop and we will visit nearby cafes at lunchtimes where applicable (or request packed lunches from the hotel). Please note that midday lunches are not included in the price of this workshop.

Participants are encouraged to consider travelling to the workshop by train and free pickups will be provided from Aviemore train station.  The town is served by regular direct trains from Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, York, Newcastle and many other towns in Scotland. 

You are welcome to bring a non-photographer friend or partner (i.e. someone who doesn't take part in the workshop) who shares your room for an additional price.  The ticket price covers their dinner, bed and breakfast for six nights but no transport during the week.


This 5-day (6-night) workshop will suit landscape photographers from beginner to advanced - with tuition provided by professional landscape photographer, Mark Banks. Mark B will be assisted by Mark Reeves ARPS to primarily help with transport and smooth running of the workshop but Mark R will also be happy to help participants where needed. 

During the evenings (or days of particularly inclement weather), Mark B will be on hand to help process images taken during the workshop using Adobe Lightroom Classic on Mark’s laptop or your own if you have one. Participants are also encouraged to bring along prints or digital images to discuss composition, processing and advice about printing.

The workshop will officially start at 9.30 am on Monday 27th September but you will arrive the day before on Sunday 26th September. Your accommodation and evening meal for the Sunday is included in the price of this workshop.

Fitness and accessibility

Moderate fitness level is required for this workshop and due to the terrain, this workshop would be unsuitable for people with limited mobility. All locations are carefully selected by Mark for ease of access and within walking distance of his vehicle at all times. Daily temperatures are usually in single figures (celsius) at this time of year, so it’s important that participants come equipped with suitable warm outdoor and waterproof clothing, plenty of layers and good walking shoes/boots. Walking Wellingtons are recommended to bring with you as we may shoot close to shallow pools and lochans.

Each location to be visited during the week has been considered for its nearby amenities wherever possible. However, there will be locations where there are no toilet facilities.

Equipment to bring

Please bring/wear:

  • Warm, waterproof outdoor clothing with plenty of layers,
  • Comfortable footwear (ideally wellington boots)
  • Umbrella
  • Hats, scarfs and gloves
  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card, tripod
  • Neutral density filters if you have them
  • Grippers / microspikes are highly recommended (wet rocks and muddy ground can be very slippery)
  • Torch / headtorch

The workshop will officially close at 5 pm on Friday 2nd October and after an overnight stay, we will depart after breakfast on Saturday 3rd October.

This will be a category C event for up to 7 people.  Category C means events that focus on a particular skill or technique (such as long exposures, composition or night photography) and/or on getting the best from a particular location. The event leader will have good location knowledge to ensure that the best is made of the prevailing conditions and will be a skilled landscape photographer able to offer tuition at all levels. These events are usually led by professionals but sometimes by volunteer members of the landscape group.  

Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.


Your data

Please note: your personal data (name, email address and telephone number) that you supply when booking an event will be passed to the event / workshop leader in order to enable them to:

  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

By booking this event you are deemed to consent to this transfer of your data.



This event will be subject to public health advice and, as such, is liable to potential cancellation. If it is cancelled, full refunds will be made.  Please see our cancellation policy below for further details.

Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


Rowan Tree Hotel

Loch Alvie


PH22 1QB