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14th-21st October 2017: 5 Day Painting Retreat on the Scottish Coast (FULLY BOOKED)


Availability is very limited: There are only 5 places available for individual painters with room for 3 non-painting partners to attend.

Book now to avoid disappointment  Click here to make a booking enquiry



The Harbour House, Crinan, Argyll

A listed building on the shore of Crinan’s stunning natural harbour. Visit this link for further details about the accommodation

Cost:  Varies according to room...
£490 for double with sea view BOOKED
£450 for double with garden view BOOKED
£390 for single with sea view BOOKED
£390 for single (bunk beds) with garden view BOOKED
£140 for non-painting partners sharing a room with a painter

View from the living room at Harbour House

View from the living room at Harbour House

What’s included:

6 nights of luxury self-catering accommodation.

5 days of painting tuition on location in Scotland’s beautiful west coast, overlooking the islands of Jura and Scarba.

Accommodation also has use of an indoor studio with log burner and sea views for use in poor weather.


Transport to Crinan:

Make your own way there or arrange a car share with others travelling from Shropshire – contact me for details.

The area:

Crinan is famous for its unique canal, built to transport fishing vessels inland to Lochgilphead. With traditional cottages, boats, canal locks, lighthouse and boatyard there are plenty of painting subjects here. Surrounded by wooded hillsides, the naturally peaceful bay known as ‘Crinan Harbour’ is sheltered and tranquil. Crinan is located at the end of the beautiful Add estuary which affords stunning views across the autumnal gold and russet marshes with the ancient monuments of Kilmartin Glen just 3 miles inland. There are many coastal walks and areas of interest for non-painters within easy reach of the house.


Travel to Crinan on Sunday 9th October, gather at Harbour House on Sunday evening.

Monday to Friday; a mixture of classes and workshops, painting, walking and sight-seeing.

Depart Friday evening or Saturday.

Painting activities:

We will begin with workshops and demonstrations of the specific techniques and approaches used when painting on location. Each day will focus on a different location and aspect of painting ‘en plein air’. In case of poor weather we have arranged for the use of 3 beautiful indoor spaces with views across the bay and plenty of natural light.


The weather:

Although good weather cannot be guaranteed at this time of year, I have happily painted outdoors in Crinan in November, December and February in recent years. The sheltered position of the bay and the general climate in the region mean that the worst of the winter weather usually stays away from here. Average temperatures for October are 6-12C. I would expect the weather to be changeable and perhaps showery. Though tricky to deal with practically, the ever-changing light and cloud is what makes this part of Scotland so beautiful! 


A full list of required equipment will be issued upon receipt of your booking.


To bookClick here to make a booking enquiry

Availability is very limited: There are only 5 places available for individual painters with space for just 2 non-painting partners to attend.

Please book quickly to avoid disappointment!