Join Us At  Gartmore House For Our Photography Courses

available dates :

February - October 2022

February - October 2023

“It was such a treat to find somewhere that offers such great photography courses near me. The location is perfect for nature photography.”

About The Course

This is exactly what we love to hear from guests who have taken part in our photography courses.

Here at Gartmore House, we offer a unique kind of learning experience: to bring your hobby on holiday! Over the course of your time with us, you’ll explore the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park to find the very best subjects to capture and keep forever. Is there anything more inspiring to the creative eye than Scottish countryside? We don’t think so, but then again, we might be a bit biased! Our photography courses are designed to build on your skills day by day and by the end of the holiday, we’re sure that you’ll be much more confident in your camera skills.

Brush up on your skills and learn new ones during our photography courses – all while surrounded by the beautiful Scottish countryside!
Under the watchful eye of Edinburgh based photographer Ewan Barry, improve your photography skills and learn new techniques. Explore our 18th century quaint and quirky home, with beautiful period features or venture offsite in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

You’ll learn about the following topics:

Theory and approach to photography
Identifying potential subjects
Creative composition
Understanding light
Mastering camera controls
Image processing and finishing
You could focus on the following, dependent on the weather and interests of the group: Gartmore House landscapes, architectural and natural details, image processing; landscapes and water movement; still life, studio and interior work. During the holiday students will review, discuss and give feedback on their photographs.

The photographs you will take will be specific to Gartmore and the surrounding area, however the approach and techniques learned are transferable.

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 Ewan Barry.


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:

“I had a brilliant break. Blessed with the weather and great company with Ewan" – Andrew, Photography Holiday

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.
  • Terms of Booking

  • 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...

Thank you everyone! We had a great stay and love waking up here! Hope to be back soon.

Previous Participant

Harry, Photography Holiday

View from the bedroom was superb. Loved the wooden shutters. Thanks for a great weekend.

Previous Participant

Morag, Photography Holiday

Your Course Tutor: Ewan Barry

Your tutor is Ewan Barry, a professional photographer based in Edinburgh. Ewan shoots for all kinds of businesses across Scotland. Following a successful exhibition in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 Ewan began running photography tours and workshops, attracting clients of all abilities from beginners to fellow professionals.

You can find out more about Ewan by visiting his website.


  • The Course

  • Bedrooms

  • TRansport & location



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.

Picture Gallery

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 photography.

Need help? Don't hesitate to contact us.

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