Join Us At Gartmore House For Our Drone Flying & Photography Courses

available dates :

March - July 2022

September 2022

March - July 2023

“After seeing all the cool pictures taken by drones, I knew I had to find drone flying & photography courses near me. Gartmore House was the ideal location.”

About The Course

If you are looking to do something a little bit different while on holiday, our drone flying & photography courses might just be the one for you!

There’s more to drone photography than you might think. Join expert tutor Thomas Haywood for a 5-night residential drone flying and photography course and get back to basics. You’ll have the chance to explore Gartmore House’s stunning 100-acre estate and the surrounding National Park to find the very best shots you can.

Join professional drone photographer Thomas Haywood for a drone flying & photography course and make the most of your holiday!
This drone flying and photography course is ideal for those who thought that the first qualification to be drone photographer was that they could fly a drone! Why run before you can walk! Thomas will take you through some of the building blocks behind great drone photography by starting from the bottom and rising the standards of your aerial imagery. He may even teach you a bit about drone mapping too.

Course Inclusions And Coverage

This course is an all-in-one package which includes the following:


Booking for this course includes 4 days of specialist tuition from Thomas Haywood.


All specialist equipment will be supplied but there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring. Please see our terms and detailed information section below.

Food & Accommodation

Full board catering and 5-nights accommodation are included when you book.


Complimentary transfers are included when you book - subject to certain conditions.*

* Transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

Here's what a previous participant has to say about this course:

“Thomas was amazing, he kept clicking till he got THE shot that satisfied the client and his professional eye.” – Gail Scott

Booking Information

DATES 2023
All of our craft or activity holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.

The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

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  • Terms of Booking

  • Workshop Themes

  • Example Programme

  • Kit List

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

More Reviews...

Thomas is a very talented photographer producing beautiful artistic images. We have a fantastic photo of the Duke of Wellington he took on the wall of the Collabor8te workspace and it is often commented on. If you need photography you should really consider getting Thomas to do it for you!

Previous Participant

Teresa Jackson

Thomas’s creativity and artistic mastery of light enrich his photographic portfolio. His annual calendar capturing the splendor and intricacy of nature is just one example of his talent. Upon its annual arrival, my wife grabs it for display in our home.

Previous Participant

Roger Van Scoy

Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

Your Course Tutor: Thomas Haywood

Thomas Haywood is a photographer with over ten years’ experience, a qualified drone pilot and CAA-approved aerial photographer. He is particularly passionate about the new benefits drone photography offers.

Thomas will also produce accurate images of development sites (pre-, post- and during build) for building inspections and land surveys. This includes stunning marketing photos
for property sale or for hotels and guesthouses since drone photography offers the ability to capture images from otherwise unreachable vantage points.

Thomas has had the pleasure of photographing historic sites, commercial buildings and much more, including the recently completed Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh. Most recently, he photographed Josh Quigley’s world record breaking cycle around the North Coast 500.


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Where can I find out more about the course?

If you need any further information about your course that is not on our website, please get in contact with us and we can provide you with the tutor’s contact details who can assist with your query.

What do I need to bring on my art, craft and activity break?

Your required kit list for your specific break is shown on each course’s webpage. However, should you have any queries, then please feel free to contact us.

What is the art, craft and activity holiday booking terms and conditions?

To secure your booking, a non-refundable £100 per person deposit is required. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For holidays booked within 6 weeks of the  arrival date, full payment is required at time of booking.

Holidays are subject to availability and subject to change. There is a minimum number of guests required to run each course. If a course is cancelled due to low numbers, you may transfer any monies paid to an alternative date or a full refund will be issued.

If you cancel a booking, your £100 deposit is non-refundable. The rest of your payment will be refunded if you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to arrival.

What time do your transfer services for the art, craft & activity holidays operate?

We offer a complimentary transfer services to and from Stirling train station. Collection is at 3:30pm from the station on the day of arrival, and our drop-off service departs from Gartmore House at 9:15am (5 and 6-night holidays) or 4pm (2-night holidays) on the day of departure.

The closest airports to us are Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. If you require a transfer to and/or from either airport, please select this option at the time of booking. Transfers to/from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are available at an additional cost. After booking your flights, please update your Customer Portal with the time you wish to be collected from the airport on the day of arrival and the time of collection at Gartmore House, returning to the airport, on the day of departure. Please allow 60 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Glasgow Airport, or 90 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Edinburgh Airport.

Can I bring a partner/friend to stay with me while I am on an art, craft or activity break?

If you’re coming on one of our art, craft or activity holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them at the checkout stage.

Spots on this course are limited!

Book your spot now and join us at Gartmore House. We are confident it will deepen your understanding of drone flying & photography.

Need help? Don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Gartmore Estate, Stirling, FK8 3RS, Scotland
  • mail@gartmorehouse.com
  • 01877 382 991