Three days of photography, inspiration and community in the Highlands of Scotland

Loch Insh, Scotland. October 26-29, 2023.

Workshops in the landscape, masterclasses & talks with:


Sean Tucker – Joe Cornish – Mark Kirkland – Ellis Oconnor – Mali Davies – Lisa Poulsen – Bill Ward – Rachael Talibart – Adrian Beasley – Christina Golian – Chloe Heuch – Lesley Lintott – James Kelly – Margaret Soraya – Justine Ritchie – Cassandra Baron – Carien Borst

Join us for three days of photography, inspirational speakers and workshops to fill your creative well in the wilds of Scotland. Leave the festival feeling inspired and connected to like-minded people.

The festival is based at Loch Insh Watersports, right on the very edge of the loch and surrounded by woodlands with stunning glens and natural wilderness all around.

Tickets are inclusive of all workshops, masterclasses, speaker sessions, everything noted under additional activities, as well as your lunches and dinners. Accommodation is not included in the ticket price.

There are no barriers to joining in. Bring your camera and tripod or your smartphone or just some journals for inspiration. You do not need any photographic experience or specialist equipment to be creative. This is a small, bespoke festival with limited tickets so please book early. 


Your ticket gives you access to all the festival events, including one location trip and two masterclasses. Each day offers a location trip (repeated daily) and a choice from four different masterclasses each day. There will be some free time after lunch, and then the fabulous lineup of speakers will begin in the afternoon. We will do everything we can to ensure you have a range of activities during your stay.


Additional Activities

The centre has water sports equipment to hire at any time.

We have arranged a mobile sauna to be on site after a dip in the loch if you choose.

There will be options to join wild swimming dips and yoga sessions.

Evenings will be spent at dinners together in the Boathouse Restaurant (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) overlooking the loch and will continue into the evening with optional entertainment.



Accommodation is onsite with a selection of chalets and single B & B rooms. Accommodation costs are competitive with hotels & B&Bs further away in the area at around £100 per night,  with the bonuses of being on-site and the opportunity to share chalet accommodation with like-minded people. Each chalet offers loch views, TV & DVD Player, WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, shower room, electric heating, a log burner, towels & bedding provided and parking outside. The chalets available range include a one-bedroom, and twelve two or three-bedroom properties.



The festival opens on 26th October with an opening evening meal for everyone to get to know each other. The festival closes on Sunday 29th at 4.30 pm with the option to stay on and join a pay-your-own, informal dinner on Sunday night.

“I wanted to create a small, bespoke gathering of creatives and photographers in one of the most beautiful locations in the UK at the height of the autumn colours. I’ve created an experience that blends inspirational talks with bespoke masterclasses and the opportunity to access activities for physical well-being – all surrounded by lochs and forests. It’s an opportunity to share an experience with other creatives who have a passion for the outdoors.”  Margaret Soraya 


Creative Haven Member price £850

Non-member price £885

Ticket price includes :

  • 3 days entrance for all talks.
  • One self led location group trip
  • Two masterclasses at Loch Insh.
  • 3 days lunches on Fri, Sat, Sun
  •  2 course evening meal on Thurs, Fri & Sat

*Booking is confirmed upon receipt of payment

*Tickets are limited so are sold on a first come first serve basis.

Your ticket is valid for all 3 days.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Speaker line up subject to change.

Please read the full Terms and Conditions – Please make sure you have travel insurance! 


Please let me know if you would like to book a ticket and I will get back to you with availability. Tickets are very limited so please book soon to avoid disappointment!


Margaret Soraya 

Thank you so much for the whole experience of being welcomed by you, cared for by you and the team and everyone who has been and is part of the whole group that made the last two days so very special – thank you to everyone.

Anni Townend

2022 Creative Light Attendee