Our course at Culzean Castle and Country Park gives you a fantastic variety of subjects to photograph, as well as a good cafe and great facilities. You’ll see a beautiful castle, coastline, country park, informal and formal gardens and all at a reasonable distance from Glasgow. If you haven’t been there since the obligatory school trip, it’s well worth a return visit!
This part of Scotland has great light, a great coastline and architecture. Culzean Castle has it all, and it is the most popular property of the National Trust for Scotland. Whether you want to photograph stags, beaches or buildings, you can do it at Culzean. The castle is spectacular, the coastline gorgeous, and the climate is even warmed by the gulf stream, meaning that the plant life is more varied and exotic than you might expect. We are thrilled to be working at Culzean, with classes usually taught by a local tutor, who knows the castle well from photographing weddings there and has worked for years in the local media. As a result has some great local photography tips. Over the years groups at Culzean Groups for our photography classes tend to be particularly varied in age and background, which helps you to see the property through fresh eyes.
We are based in Culzean’s cozy education facilities and have the run of over 600 acres of parkland. Anyone can find interesting subjects to photograph at Culzean with our expert help – wildlife photography with stags to dragonflies, an astonishing assortment of foliage, and of course the castle designed with beautiful symmetry by Robert Adam. You can take wide angle landscape photographs across to Ailsa Craig from the battlements or the beach, or find portrait subjects in the country park and woodlands. You may get to photograph seals on the beach, or dolphins in the water. There is even an excellent and popular second-hand bookshop in the grounds, which often has very good photography books. There are even some delightful cottages in the grounds that can be rented from the NTS if you wanted to prolong your stay.
We ran our first course at Culzean in 2009, and have always had enjoyable photography classes there as you can see from our testimonials. Since then we’ve taught over 200 people there from children to the retired, on all different types of cameras. It’s a great place to increase range and scope of your photography, whatever your interests. The property provides the opportunity to improve your photography techniques away from the traditional style of NT/NTS photography and do something a little different if you prefer, or just hone your basic photography skills. We have run both our DSLR and Creative courses here, sometimes simultaneously with two tutors. The variety of subjects to photograph is what sets this venue apart, giving you the opportunity to take photographs that are out of your usual range.