Photography Cruises

The Inner and Outer Hebrides of Western Scotland are famous for their rare wildlife (sea eagles, basking sharks, whales, dolphins and porpoises), spectacular mountains, island scenery and remote sea lochs. Our Scottish Island cruises  are perfect for relaxing, sketching, painting and/or taking pictures with a knowledgeable skipper to guide you and dedicated chef who serves delicious meals prepared with fresh, locally sourced products. 

Guests who wish to improve their photography with a tutor can do so with St Hilda Sea Adventures aboard one of our small ships, Seahorse II or the ex-tall ship St Hilda.  If you choose to private charter one of the small ships, we can, if you wish, customise your itinerary and stopovers. We are able to supply specialist tutors for both photography and painting. We can also are organise walks and other activities ashore, kayaking and special anchorages that can guarantee you will see the iconic puffins as they come ashore to breed.

In 2019 and 2020 we will have the below tutors onboard, at no extra cost to our passengers. You don't have to take advantage of the tutoring but if you would like to take part in the sessions please do let us know when you book your cruise.


Gary Barber, Photography Tutor

During the cruise with Gary Barber you will discover how to get the best from your camera to capture the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife on offer in this glorious part of the British Isles. Gary will share his knowledge to help you create some fabulous memories of your holiday. From slow shutter-speed scenery compositions to ultra-fast shots of birds in flight. You don't have to take advantage of the tutoring but if you wish to do so please let us know when you book your cruise.

Since his teens Gary has been passionate about photography,  especially wildlife. Today he is a regular visitor and photographer of the nature reserves in Norfolk, Wales and the Lincolnshire coast. His favourite bird to photograph is the short-eared owl!

Dates with Gary

17th August 2019


Jose-Ann Shackleton, Photography Tutor

After gaining a degree in photography, Jose-Ann has taught digital photography and Photoshop courses to students of all ages. 

A love of the Scottish Highlands and Islands has drawn her back each year to where land and water meet to capture the incredible light and stunning land and seascapes. As well as the vast, dramatic scenery, Jose-Ann loves to seek out the often-overlooked little details: the lichens on a rock; the patterns of water over sand; light reflections on the sea. 

With Jose-Ann you will get to know your camera better, learn essential skills, explore the creative use of exposure and composition and, wherever your interest in photography lies be it land/seascapes, wildlife, documentary or abstract, she will help you create spectacular imagery - and it will be a lot of fun.

Dates with Jose-Ann

24th September 2019


August 2019 Vessel Cruise Nights Spaces P/P Per Cruise
17th August Seahorse II Skye, Shiant and the Summer Isles: Photography Tutor Onboard 10 nights 2 spaces £2,250 - £2,900 p/p Enquire
September 2019 Vessel Cruise Nights Spaces P/P Per Cruise
24th September Seahorse II Scottish Castles and Sea Lochs Cruise: Photography Tutor Onboard 5 nights 8 spaces £1,125 - £1,450 p/p Enquire